Zayonna and her fellow campers are having quiet time. They’ve just finished an hour jettisoning themselves around the camp’s large pool, splashing and twirling away on pool floats, acting out underwater pantomimes that mimic mermaids. As the girls rest, Counselor Ashlyn turns on soft Christian music. Soon, it’s time to grab snacks and then the group is off to activity centers.
As a counselor, you never know exactly what things or people God is going to use to reach these campers, just that He will use something or someone. That’s why it is so important to stress the RFKC value of good character and to be prepared for God’s timing.
Later, at dinner, Zayonna asks her counselor if the word ‘foundation’ means trust.
“Oh, where did you hear that word?” asks Ashlyn.
“In a song today,” replies Zayonna.
“Ah! I remember that song. Yes, it means what you base your life on.”
“Well, Jesus is going to be my strong foundation,” Zayonna declares.
Ashlyn beams. “That’s a really good decision.”
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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!