“Relying on God has to start all over everyday, as if nothing has yet been done.”
~C. S. Lewis
FAITH in Mountain View, Arkansas
It all started with a phone call.
My two oldest grandchildren had been taken into foster care. My son had been raising them as a single parent, but due to a few poor choices on his part and the diligence of a mandatory reporter at school, the children been taken into care by the state. My wife and I immediately went down to pick them up and we were quickly informed that we had to be trained as foster parents before we could keep the children. We were however, granted temporary custody provided we attended all the required training to become official foster parents.
Over the next few weeks of training and a year of caring for our grandchildren, my wife and I became fully immersed into the world of foster care. My son got his life back together and the kids were returned to him. All was fine in their lives again but something in my life was unsettled. God was working on me and leading me towards an adventure that would ultimately change my life.
In the next 18 months, I could feel His gentle calling. I felt that He was leading me into something that had to do with foster children. As always, His timing was perfect and late one night while surfing the web, I stumbled across Royal Family KIDS Camp. I knew immediately that this was what He was calling me to do, and the camp location was actually just two hours from my home.
The next morning, I called the camp director for that particular RFK camp and talked with her for over two hours. This was the confirmation that I needed to know that this was God’s calling for me. I volunteered for their upcoming summer camp and it was fantastic! I was challenged both emotionally and spiritually but by the power of God I not only survived, I thrived. I also met some of the most wonderful people who served along side of me, encouraged me, and loved me for who I am. To this day, I consider many of these men and women brothers and sisters.
It was during this time of service that I became convinced that the Lord was calling me to start another camp—one in my own home county. This was a scary prospect. I didn’t consider myself to be a great leader or organizer. And on top of that, I was very uncomfortable about speaking in front of a crowd. I prayed about it a lot asking the Lord, no—maybe I was telling God that if He wants me to do this then He had to help me with my shortcomings. He had to send me some exceptional people to help.
As always, God was faithful. He helped me with my leadership and organizational skills just enough to get the job done, but … not so much so that I would become prideful. Public speaking is still a challenge for me, but as I lean on the Lord, somehow my audiences respond well to me. As for those amazing people who help make camp happen? Well … my cup runneth over!
Many of the volunteers from this camp took a ‘second week’ of their vacations and volunteered at our new camp. We are going into our sixth year, and many of those volunteers are still with us.
Along with the veterans from the other camp, we have been blessed with a broad spectrum of wonderful volunteers from a number of different denominations—all of them working together beautifully and with the same single purpose of serving the Lord by ministering to the needs of our campers.
You might be wondering about the funding of the camp? It has never been a problem. Our annual budget is approximately $28k. Each year, we meet it well in advance of camp, and each year it seems to come from different places. While we do have some faithful, repeat donors each year, we receive funding from new sources as well.
I could go on forever telling stories of how God has opened doors and provided for us. To see God working through all facets of our ministry is an amazing thing to witness, and it’s a confirmation to me—without a shadow of a doubt, that we are doing His will and that He is right by our side.
If you or someone you know is considering taking the leap of faith and starting a Royal Family KIDS Camp, please believe me when I say that God will have your back. Our Lord is willing and able to provide you with everything and everyone you need to start bringing hope to the hopeless children of your area. He will help you to make memories with these children—ones that will change their lives. And, and as an eternal byproduct, your life will be changed forever as well.
Royal Family KIDS Camp #288 is preparing for our sixth camp. Since we started we have served over 150 KIDS, over 40 have given their hearts to the Lord, and five children have been adopted by camp volunteers. Every one of these foster children have made memories that will last a lifetime. Oh … and those grandchildren whom my wife and I fostered? They are all grown and volunteer at our camp. Praise God!
Scott Beck, Director
Our Arkansas camps are some of the finest anywhere. We have three amazing camps in Pottsville, Clarksville, and Mountain View. We need approximately 26 more camps in order to serve ALL the children in Arkansas.