Thank you to my counselor
“If I could say thank you, I would.
Thank you for not making judgments about me.
Thank you for my picture book.
Thank you for listening to me try to explain things.
Thank you for doing things with me and acting like you really had fun.
Thank you for telling me, “Good job!” and for doing everything you can to
help me get along with the other kids.
Thank you for brushing my hair.
Thank you for treating me with dignity and respect even though I’m young.
This gives me confidence. You care what I think.
Thank you for answering hard questions.
Thank you for letting me cry and maybe even crying with me.
Thank you for praying with me even though it’s hard to settle us down.
I am learning from you.
Thank you for telling me of my beauty, how God made me special.
Thank you for explaining to me that loveliness comes from the inside,
and not from other people.
Thank you for talking to me about what it means to be a man.
Thank you for telling me about what Truth is. I may seem young, but I’m growing fast
and I need all the true information I can get.
I don’t really know how to express any of this…
Thank you for being someone I could trust,
and for showing me the LOVE of a Royal Heavenly Father.”
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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 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!