“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” ~Corrie Ten Boom
Amazing Displays of Faithfulness
in Raleigh, North Carolina
I love Royal Family KIDS camp (RFKC) for two reasons: 1) seeing and hearing about the extremely positive impacts camp experience has on people—the children campers and the team of volunteers, and 2) seeing the clear and evident faithfulness, provision, and guidance from our Lord God coupled with the powerful ways He blesses and anoints each camp.
In 2017, it was the ‘RFA Church 20th Year of Camp’ and, we were asked to be host camp for Royal Family KIDS new director training. So these were two additional and significant extras to factor into preparing for and holding camp.
As we started recruiting our 2017 team, we learned quickly that our camp archery center leader TC, would not be able to serve at camp because he & his wife were in the process of adopting two eastern European teens. TC had started our archery center two years before, as he is a skilled archer. So we talked to some of our returning team and none knew much about archery. There was a gap to fill and it left us wondering whether or not archery would have to be removed from the activities we offer the kids at camp. Then, during our new applicant interviews, a gentleman by the name of Scott casually mentioned that he is not only a skilled archer but a professional ‘level one.’ He and his wife love children and are awesome with them. Once again, God knew we had a need and He filled it, just as we have seen Him do year after year, need after need, for 20 years.
Back in 2011, we started asking our team of volunteers to seriously seek God’s will and direction for them serving at camp and to submit their application only when they knew He wanted them to serve. An amazing thing happened. In prior years, we had somewhat struggled to get 56 or so people to serve at camp; but in the Spring of 2011, after only a month, we had 68 volunteers sign up and ended up with 72. This was great but way too many for 40 kids that attend our camp. So the camp leadership team prayed and asked God. His response was loud and clear: You are going to have 25% more team, so bring 25% more kids. So we did, and have done so ever since. God provided everything wonderfully and some things … almost miraculously!
Getting back to 2017, another key highlight was that we had our fifth former camper join us serving as part of our camp team. Darrin attended camp for five years from ages 7 to 11, then he joined our TeenWorks Ministry (a next-step program for teens at Wake County Foster care, after RFK camp) until he graduated from high school and from TeenWorks. At camp, the Lord led Darrin to share the impact of RFKC & TeenWorks on his life with all the boys at our NGA (No Girls Allowed) lunch. Towards the end of his sharing, Darrin was asked if he remembered any of his counselors? We were all blown away when he was able to identify them—all of whom were in the room that day.
What an amazing display of faithfulness in God and the amazing impact He has on His kids and volunteers, who respond to His call thru His ministry of Royal Family KIDS camp.
Bill Woodworth, RFK camp Director in Raleigh, NC
This RFK camp is partnered with Wake County Human Services