“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
I want to share a story of faith that spanned over a period of six years at Royal Family KIDS (RFK). I first volunteered at RFK when I was 17 years old. The director had been bugging me all year to sign up to go and I was dragging my feet. I finally gave in and decided to go. What I discovered is that God had big plans in store that I could have not even imagined.
That first year I connected with one camper that was six years old. He was always running everywhere and I wasn’t ever sure he liked me the entire week? When we returned back to the church at the end of the week, he grabbed my hand and said come meet my foster parents. He walked up to them and said, “this is the girl who like me.” My heart melted and I left in tears thinking how truly powerful and amazing God’s love is. One week can make a difference in these children’s lives. I knew from that day on that I would be back every year to volunteer at that RFK camp and help in any way that I was able.
That same little boy came back for the next six years. I was able to watch him grow from year to year and learn more about God’s love for him. Five years after that first year, I graduated with a teaching degree. I was so frustrated with God because I was unable to find a teaching job. Part way through the school year, I received a call about a job in a township where I had not applied. I went in for the interview and was hired on the spot. The principal told me that he would like me to meet the students that same day due to the immediate need for a teacher. I walked into the classroom with the principal and he had the students introduce themselves. The very last boy to introduce himself was sitting behind a student and I could not see him. He popped his head around and low and behold, it was the same boy from Royal Family KIDS camp! He said “hi” with a giant smile on his face! I started to cry, as I was so amazed at how God was working in our lives.
I was able to be his teacher and see him every day. I was also able to show him God’s love while serving as his teacher. I even overheard him talking to another student once about how he knew me. He said he knew me from camp. He told the other student that it was a ‘normal’ camp. He conveyed “at this camp, adults actually like you and are nice to you!”
God is so powerful and loving and is always working in the lives of the campers and volunteers at Royal Family KIDS camp.
Christina Kemp, RFK camp Director in By Indianapolis, Indiana