Give an artist unlimited amounts of sidewalk chalk, and every patch of concrete becomes his canvas. Teen helper (and former camper) Dakota created two amazing displays on the patio leading into the cafeteria. They couldn’t be missed by all who entered and left the eating area.
One eye-catching picture is a 3-D face with a speech bubble attached. The depiction is a person declaring, “God loves you. I promise!” Above the portrait is a drawing of a hill with three crosses on it. Dakota’s second masterpiece is simply a decked-out hamburger, but it has a small toothpick flag protruding from its top bun with symbols of Christ and His love for us. This talented young man explained his intentions for creating such interesting artwork.
“The picture will draw the campers’ attention as they’re looking down, and then they’ll look a little closer and see the message about Jesus.”
As a former camper at RFKC, Dakota understands how impactful the hopeful message of Christ can be to a child who is searching. He was once that shy child, looking down at the ground with his ball cap pulled down low on his face. Dakota knows Christ will meet our campers where they are, and where they least expect to see Him.
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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!