When I served as RFK Camp Director in Shrewsbury, MA, there was a nine year old boy who had been coming to our camp for three years. Joey had been abandoned by his mom. As a result, he always kept the women at camp at an arms length. At the end of his third year during the Thursday night campfire, we saw a difference in Joey. As I called on Joey to share his favorite part of camp, instead of sharing quickly and running away as he always did, he leaned into me and stayed in my embrace for the next ten minutes and helped me call on others to share. We witnessed a breakthrough! The walls that had been built up over the years because of the hurt and pain he suffered were finally torn down. He learned to trust again…such a God moment that will stay with not only him but many of us forever.
Consistency for most of these wounded kids is the key to making a lasting impact on them. I wonder how many more Joey’s are wandering through the system just waiting for someone to show them unconditional and consistent love.
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