A Letter from Lizette
My name is Lizette Mendoza. I just wanted to say how much Royal Family KIDS and ‘camp’ changed my life. I am a 20 year old devoted Christian who graduated May 20, 2016 from junior college and will be transferring to CSU Monterey Bay to continue my education. My Bachelors degree will be in Business Administration. My goal is to be able to create or partner up with, an organization that helps former foster children. I want to give these children support—the same that was given me, and encourage them to attend and graduate from college.
Camp was the first time I ever felt love, as well as the first time I let my guard down to receive it. The message that I carry with me at all times, taken from my first year at camp is “have a firm foundation.” I have moved to many foster homes in the past, and this very message reminded me that no matter how temporary my “home” would be, God himself IS and WILL ALWAYS be my firm foundation.
I have always asked God to bring me back to camp, I had no idea how to do it? Right before I turned nineteen, I was invited to a church service that was across the street from where I was picked-up for a RFK camp many years ago. It was then that I knew I was in the right place and God put me there for a reason. He led me back! Although I was able to get connected with RFK, God told me that I was not ready just yet to go back and serve. I had to wait. So I did. I was so sad that I had to wait, but I knew why He put RFK on pause for me. Fast forward to this year, when God told me I was ready to reconnect with RFK!
Royal Family KIDS has a very big piece of my heart as a former camper and counselor. What a life changing experience! Camp was all about the kids, but it was impactful for me as a counselor as well. My first year as a counselor was the best thing that could have ever happen to me. I was surrounded by kids that just wanted to be loved, and I was able to be the person they needed to give it. A little girl called me “mommy” and I fell apart inside. I saw a piece of me in her, and I just loved her so much. I am looking forward to attending many more camps in the future!
Thank you so much for camp. Without it, I would not be the person I am today. You have saved my life.
Much love, Lizette Mendoza