God’s heart is one of adoption. We are made as beloved children; God is our Father who faithfully draws people into his family. This is how we have been loved, so this is how we are to love others. This is God’s heart for the world, but 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 launching our first year of Royal Family KIDS Camp!
RFKC is a five-day camp specifically for children ages 6-12 who are in the foster care system. It is a week where children who have experienced the deepest hurt and pain can actually be free to act like kids and experience the love and honor and dignity that Christ alone can offer. The camp is pretty similar to any other summer camp, with talent shows, songs with hand motions, bunk beds, and outdoor activities populating the schedule. RFKC camps also build in specific times to talk about Jesus through chapel time, skits, worship, and conversations with the kids. The aim is not to proselytize but simply to share the amazing good news of the gospel that God values, honors, and loves these kids so much.
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 endeavor that is the camp itself.
Second, please consider supporting the kids and the camp financially. 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 2018” is in the Memo field).