Happy Birthday, Sophia!
It’s Wednesday evening, and the birthday festivities are in full swing. Campers are pooped from the birthday party outside, which includes unlimited bounce-house jumping, rock-wall climbing, cupcakes, face-painting, and snow-cones. Then, when the dance party starts in the chapel, it’s just a little too much for little camper Sophia.
She’s worn out. Grandpa Eddie and Grandma Lena are quickly located and asked if they would take Sophia outside to spend some quality time together, away from all the noise. They sit on a wooden bench, and Sophia gets spoiled with some good grandparent attention.
Later, walking between them and holding two grandparent hands, Sophia boldly states, “This is the BEST day I’ve EVER HAD!”
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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!