“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” ~Chuck Swindoll
It takes one very humble and gigantic leap of FAITH!
When I look at everything God has done here in Louisiana, I am amazed! Five years ago, there were ZERO Royal Family KIDS (RFK) camps here in our state. This summer there will be FIVE camps and one RFK Mentoring Club. While the task of launching new camps requires a lot of work, time, energy, determination and commitment, it truly only takes ONE very humble and gigantic leap of FAITH!
The first time my husband and I approached the state about starting a camp for children in foster care, the response was not so positive. Depending upon who we spoke with, the reactions ranged from tactfully discouraging to belligerent. Hard to grasp, as there had just recently been children—right here in our region, murdered in their foster homes. The state was in a budget crisis and cutting foster care workers to a bare minimum, while adding more restrictions and higher standards for care. They were overworked, tired, and discouraged. We were beginning to feel the same.
Then came the decision. Give up or push forward? When it came down to it, we knew God had put this vision in our hearts. We knew he had laid the foundation through the work of Royal Family KIDS. We knew this had been covered in prayer before we had ever even heard of RFK camps. And most of all, we knew there were children out there who would never know who God created them to be without this ministry.
We kept moving forward. We presented the ministry to our pastor, started fundraising, went to training, began recruiting volunteers; all without any guarantee the state would ever send us campers. At times it felt foolish to do all of this for nothing. And then came Ms. Sylvia, she had been our adoption worker a few years back. She knew us, knew our family and knew Jesus. She stuck her neck out for us and approached her supervisors and the powers that be at the state office. Within a few months, we were sitting in a meeting discussing camp with the regions’ supervisors. This time, their reaction was overwhelmingly positive. They were excited and thankful. Tears ran down a few cheeks as we told them what God had done in the lives of RFK campers across the nation. That summer we took 36 children to camp. One of them became our son.
God IS Faithful!
Directors John and Julie Wondergem of RFK camp in Hammond, LA