“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” ~Corrie Ten Boom
Each time I have doubted along this journey, God has proven to be faithful
As we enter our second summer as Royal Family KIDS camp directors, it is impossible for my mom and me not to look back and see the hand of God in each and every step along the way. God has been faithful time and time again. And looking back over the past two years, God is the reason everything was made possible.
Each time I have doubted along this journey, God has proven to be faithful and I am grateful for the courage it took to take a leap of faith and answer His call with a “yes.”
I will never forget the day my mom “Goldie” called me and conveyed that she needed an answer from me—and in the next two minutes! “I am attending Royal Family KIDS camp director training, will you go with me?” I remember the panic that entered my brain in that moment, the questions that began to whirl around in my head. When is it? Why now? What does this mean? How will we direct a camp? There is no way we can do this. Yet, there was this peace in my heart. I knew what Royal Family KIDS camp was. I had watched the ‘Camp’ movie several years back and researched the camp as it tugged at my heart, but then I had forgotten about it. I heard my voice saying yes and my brain quieted. God was in control.
Months later after training, it would be nearly impossible to remember that God was in control as we were faced with raising thousands of dollars, finding volunteers, and planning a week of camp. The mountains before us were insurmountable. Neither my mom nor I are fundraisers nor extroverts who enjoy talking with strangers, and yet God was faithful. My mom began taking on speaking engagements with local churches and while funds began to come in, we knew it would never be enough. Yet, God is faithful and a local business Sammons Financial, heard about Royal Family KIDS Camp through one of its workers and wanted to sponsor a new camp. God had heard our cry and answered it with a $52,000 check from Sammons to fund our first year of camp and beyond.
By the grace of God volunteers from churches all over the area signed up for a week of camp and we knew we would be able to serve the children God had called us to serve, yet the mountains still came. In the week before camp we lost two volunteers because of deaths in their families. As fears mounted about having to turn kids away due to a lack of volunteer guides, God proved Himself once again, empowering men to step up and fill roles they had not planned to fill.
As we welcomed campers to camp on Monday morning, I remember looking around as my heart overflowed with joy. God had been faithful. He had called and we had answered. Our step of faith was small. We just said yes, but God has honored our “yes” and stood with us every step of the way, even when the mountains seemed too tall. As another summer approaches you will often hear, “God’s got this,” being said by our leadership team as mountains come our way. We know that Royal Family KIDS Camp in Sioux Falls, South Dakota is God ordained and that God is faithful.