FAITH in Wayne, New Jersey
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” ~Frederick Douglass
If I were to ask you to describe what a father is, many of you would say that a father is loving, a provider, hardworking, caring, a protector, understanding, thoughtful, nurturing, considerate, dependable, fun, trustworthy, honorable, loyal, wise, and a role model. These are awesome attributes aren’t they? I am sure we could add more to this list. There are many who can say that their own father possessed these characteristics.
Many children in the foster care system have a very different perspective of what a father is. They may say a father is absent, unreliable, irresponsible, unknown, a disappointment, an alcoholic, an abuser, a failure, unloving, distant, cruel, or not trustworthy. What a sad description for one of the most important jobs in the world. Sadder still, is that some of us reading this right now may relate to these children’s perspective of fatherhood. I can relate to this hurt as my own father chose alcohol over his family. My parents divorced when I was three years old. Although I knew who my father was and saw him ever so often, I never experienced the acceptance that every child should receive from his or her father. I praise God that I have a God fearing and spirit-filled mother who pointed my brothers and me to Jesus Christ. Today, we are all serving the Lord in ministry. And I will say that my involvement with Royal Family KIDS Camp has been used to heal my brokenness, gave me a faith that I never had, and helped repair my relationship with my father. Royal Family KIDS not only changes our campers’ lives, but those who volunteer at camp each year as well.
It grieves Father God’s heart that any child feels unloved, as he would prefer that every child have the earlier image of what a father should be. Accepting Jesus as my Savior, I came to know God as my Father and He filled the void left by my earthly one. The Lord uses ministries like Royal Family KIDS Camp to demonstrate to the foster children, that they are accepted and loved. Although people have failed them, God the Father has promised He will never do so. Camp gives these children faith. And, if they grow up without the love and supportive embrace of their father, God promises to wrap them up in His arms and be to them the Father that their earthly fathers were unable to be.
Another interesting aspect of a father is their chair. Most fathers have a chair or place in their home where they go to relax, watch sports, or just be alone. Would you allow your children to come to that special place if there was something troubling them? Do your children know that this place is a safe haven for them? Do your children know they can come and talk to you about anything? Does your child find acceptance in that chair or that place? Many of you would answer “yes.”
Many children don’t a have place like this to go. They don’t have someone whom they can trust with their deepest, darkest pain. They don’t feel safe. But you know what? God has a place like this. He has a Chair that all of His children can run to, curl up in His lap, and lay all of their burdens down. He wants us to know that we can trust Him.
God has ordained the ministry of Royal Family KIDS Camp to help boys and girls know that they special, loved, and have a bright future. The New Jersey Royal Family KIDS camp is sponsored by Calvary Temple International Assembly, in Wayne, NJ. We are so honored to have been providing a week of safe and fun camp for children of abuse since 2001! We are so excited that hundreds of campers have come to learn about the love of God and the Father’s Heart. We are blessed to plant seeds of God’s love, and believe they will flourish into beautiful things in the future. It has been an exciting 18 years and we are looking forward to 18 more!
Jennifer Long, Director RFK camp in Wayne, NJ