“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” ~Corrie Ten Boom
Only by faith can He move us where He wants us to be
I thought that I was going to California to check out a mission by which I could get involved. Then, on the first day of training, I found out that I was attending what was called Royal Family KIDS director’s training. So one of the two of us that had come to California would be taking on this role. Neither of us had anticipated this! I can’t be a director of a summer camp for kids! This is the first camp I’ve EVER attended! Lynda and I discussed the matter and decided that we would be co-directors and with that set, we began to absorb all that one week at this wonderful camp with great trainers could give us. By the end of the week, we felt that together, maybe we could figure this out. Then, not too long after we returned from California, Lynda told me that her husband was offered a job in another state. They were moving? Now what! I’ll be the only person that has seen what the program entails! So I’m supposed to be the director of a summer camp for children in the foster care system on what would be the second week of summer camp I’ve ever attended in my entire life!
Okay, now let me give you a little background on my life up to this point. Before I had my own children starting at 28 years old, I didn’t like children. Yep, you read that right. I never baby sat when I was young. I had held a baby once before that … I think. Then, after I was married for six years, my husband asked if we could start having children? I wasn’t sure, but I agreed since I knew he would be a great father. We almost lost my first daughter when she was born. She was in intensive care for two weeks. And it was there that my mind changed. I wanted her and desired to love her with all of my heart. I prayed that she would survive. She did. And that was the beginning of the change in me.
Years later, I was discussing my faith with my husband who wasn’t a believer at the time. He told me something that would change the focus of my ministry. “It’s easy for you to believe because you always have.” That was it! I knew that I wanted to make believers out of every child that I could! I joined the children’s ministry team not too long after that discussion.
Now back to the decision at hand. Do I accept the challenge of being a director or not? By this time I had been the chair of the children’s ministry for a couple of years, but this was different! I had gone to Sunday school and VBS as a child. I had never gone to camp. Could I do this? The answer was no. And, the answer is still “no I can’t.” The only way forward is by faith that God would and will show me how, and what, and when. This will be my 11th year as director. Each year brings new challenges that I face only because I believe that I am God’s. He shows me again and again that He is faithful. I love His children! I really do! Only by faith can a person move in the direction that God sees for them. Only by faith do we change 180 degrees. Only by faith can He move us where He wants us to be. May we all be moved!
Pam Ansardi, RFK camp Director Gardendale, Alabama