God’s heart is one of adoption. We are made as beloved children; God is our Father, who faithfully draws people into his family. Los Angeles, specifically, desperately needs the family of God to reflect the heart of God to children in the foster care system. We have the largest foster crisis in the United States. There are over 35,000 children in the foster care system in LA County alone. This is heartbreaking. This is not okay…so we’re going to do something about it. One way we’re joining in the work God is doing is by hosting Royal Family KIDS Camp (RFKC) again!
This was a big part of our church life in 2018, but for those who haven’t heard about RFKC, it is a 5-day camp specifically for children ages 6-12 in the foster care system. The week includes zip lines, nerf wars, skits, incredible music, unbelievable photos and recap videos each day, fresh baked cookies and stories with “Grandma and Grandpa,” tea parties, times to talk about Jesus, meals with songs busting forth out of nowhere, a talent show, and so much more.
Reflecting on our first year, we witnessed God shape our hearts and the kids’ hearts through many instances where God cultivated safety and created moments for all forms of emotion (from silliness and joy to frustration and anger) to come to the surface. These moments played out in a lot of ways, but each was beautiful because the kids were listened to, heard, known, and loved. RFKC is not easy. It is not an easy week, but it most definitely is a good week. Making a difference in the foster care system can seem daunting and impossible. We don’t think this one week changes everything…but we know it changes something. We see God’s kingdom breaking through in the foster care system, from selfless foster families to dedicated social workers, and we desire for RFKC to serve as another opportunity to partner with what is God is doing in the lives of these children and in our church.
If this sounds like a big endeavor…it is. We need our church to participate in big ways for this to happen. There are a few ways you can participate. First, no matter your capacity, we need you to pray. Pray for these children, for salvation and redemption, for God to reveal himself in the darkness, and for the massive undertaking that is the camp itself.
Second, we need people. We need camp counselors, we need social workers, we need support staff, we need musicians, actors, and more. Even if you can only make it for one day, we need people to come help us throw a massive birthday party for all the kids and celebrate them because birthdays can be forgotten in the chaos of foster system. If you can’t make it up to the camp, we still need people here in LA sending and receiving the kids and helping us to prepare. You don’t need specific skills, you don’t need previous experience, you just need the Holy Spirit. If you’ve ever wanted to go on a missions trip, here is a chance to do that and be on mission in your own city.
Being a part of RFKC will take a high level of commitment. Those interested will need to fill out the application, interview with the camp leaders, go through training sessions, and be willing to commit to being at camp for the full six days (unless you are participating for a single day or from here in LA, of course). There will be fundraising involved for everyone who is volunteering as well. Please don’t let this high level of commitment scare you off! Remember the Holy Spirit will be the one empowering you, and know you will be receiving a ton of support, training, and encouragement from the leaders and other volunteers! This is a good work for which the Lord has gone before us, and he will lead his church through it. If you have any hesitations, questions, or concerns, we would love to talk about them. You can email us at any time and we’d love to connect with you!
Thank you for reflecting the heart of Christ to his children!
We’d also ask you to please consider supporting the kids and the camp financially. The camp is completely self-funded so no child has to pay dime to be there. Whether it’s giving $5, or paying for 5 kids to go to camp, everything helps. If you’d like to make a donation, you can do so through our giving app, PushPay. Be sure “RFKC 2019” is in the Memo field.
Apply for RFKC
When you are ready to fill out the application (which won’t commit you to anything but a sit-down interview with a camp leader), you can do so by clicking the button below. You’ll want to carve out 30-45 minutes to complete, and we suggest using a computer rather than a phone.