“I have found there are three great stages in every work of God; first it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.” ~Hudson Taylor
God is always faithful in Moline, Illinois
Six years ago, my husband Lee and I embarked on one of the greatest faith journeys of our lives. The journey of planting a church. It has been the most difficult work we’ve ever done, however we were blessed with a great launch team and support from a sending church. We saw people come to Christ, come back to faith, and find joy in a faith community.
However, God had plans to stretch our faith even further. Even before our first service, a Royal Family KIDS Camp Ambassador and friend of my husband, visited and shared incredible stories of foster kids finding hope through camp. Lee knew that this was something our church would embrace and be involved in, and just one year later, myself and two others from the church went to Royal Family KIDS director’s training. I thought that I was going to gather information in order to be the overseeing pastor for this outreach of our church, but instead my heart was gripped with the need that the kids have for meaning, love, hope, and fun. I felt compelled to direct a camp through our brand-new, baby church. How we would raise the money, I had no idea? I just knew we had to trust God since He was obviously leading us in this direction.
After signing the contract with the campground, there were moments of panic. There was a minimum guarantee, so whether we raised all of the money for camp or not, or whether we were able to gather enough volunteers or not, we would still owe a large sum. Every step forward was a step of faith, trusting that God would bring the funds when they were needed and would move on people’s hearts as He did on mine.
The first year of camp, God enabled us to raise the funds needed to take 17 kids and to gather 40+ volunteers. We are still a small church, but camp has grown each year. This will be our fifth year of camp and our Mentoring Club, which provides year-round mentoring for the children after camp, launches in the fall! God is always faithful!
Wendy Bezotte, RFK camp Director, Moline, Illinois