Every night during camp, Uncle Steve and Aunt Donna bless our campers by reading stories to them before bedtime. As Uncle Steve began to finish up with one group of boys and leave for another room, six-year-old Carter spoke up. “Uncle Steve, could you please come here?” “Well, of course!” Uncle Steve answered as he leaned over to hear the small boy’s request.
Uncle Steve was anticipating a need such as, “Can I go to the bathroom?” or “Will you read us one more story?” Imagine how surprised he was by Carter’s question: “Can I pray for you?”
Uncle Steve enthusiastically agreed. Carter proceeded to pour out one of the most eloquent prayers Uncle Steve had ever heard. Truly “of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
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Onward & Upward is our weekend-long retreats for 13-15 year olds. The retreats use a curriculum focusing on character traits of godly men and women. We began this semi-annual program in 2004 with 39 teenagers and 46 volunteers.
SUMMIT is our weekend-long retreats for 16-18 year olds. The curriculum focuses on skills that will help them function better as adults. Examples include managing bank accounts, completing job applications, & mock interviews. We began this semi-annual program in 2007 with 12 teens and 16 volunteers.
RISE is a weekend-long retreat offered in April for teen boys and November for teen girls, ages 12-18. OFC will continue to use a 2:1 teen to counselor ratio at RISE, and the curriculum and activities are designed to help teens build self-esteem and navigate gender-specific issues.
Our Father's Children exists to provide HOPE to children of abuse and neglect in Texas, ages 6-18, in week-long camp settings and weekend retreats. We recruit volunteers from a variety of cities, churches and organizations who have a heart for offering these kids hope in Jesus Christ. Whether as a volunteer or donor (or both), we would love to have you join us in providing hope to these kids!