A True Melding Together of Hearts
Nothing tells the story of camp like the view on Friday morning during the slide show. Early in the week, campers and counselors sat together in the chapel, but they are distinct when looking over the crowd. However, on Friday morning, the campers are leaning on their counselors, constantly finding ways to hold hands and stay connected– a true melding together of hearts and spirits.
Even as many fight tears, there is a palpable bond between them that won’t go away anytime soon.
Once at the church, the campers walk to their caregivers confidently, hand in hand with their counselors. Five days full of activity passed by in the blink of an eye, but it was enough to permanently engrave these adults on the hearts of these campers and vice versa.
Now, we trust God to complete that work in darker days ahead. We trust God to remind these campers of their value and their worth. We trust God to comfort and to love until we see them again.
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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, weekend retreats, and in mentoring clubs. 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!