I want you to meet Linzy. Long dark hair flowing. Pink dress swirling. Dreams of her prom day and picking out a long sparkly princess dress. Fresh rosy lollypop smile.
I want you to meet Isabella. Blue dress blowing. Feather boa trailing. Dreams of a new dress, but not just any new dress. It should be a blue dress. Wide open won’t-you-please-join-me-in-my-dream? Smile.
I want you to meet Crislynn. She’s all about the yellow Cinderella dress. Dreams of being a princess with a golden crown. Big beaming brown eyes shouting, “I love this place!” Sunshine brilliant smile that radiates warmth all over.
I want you to meet Tyzayaih. Black curly hair with tendrils that touch the shoulders of her red apple dress. Golden Superwoman cape hangs down her back. Dreams of adventures and being a protagonist champion. Momentary and quick, confident smile that lets you glimpse her determination.
To Linzy: Yes, child. Keep dreaming of the beauty you will make in this world.
To Isabella: Yes, child. Keep dreaming of the positive relationships you will forge in this world.
To Crislynn: Yes, child. Keep dreaming of the sunny, hope-filled places that you will create in this world.
To Tyzayaih: Yes, child. Keep dreaming of the good that you will accomplish in this world.
Just keep dreaming.
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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!