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…and we have felt compelled to do something. One way we’re joining in the work God is doing is by hosting Royal Family KIDS Camp (RFKC) again!
This will be our third year participating in this as a church, but for those who haven’t heard about RFKC, it is a 5-day camp specifically for children ages 6-12 who are 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 through chapel and skits, meal times with songs busting forth out of nowhere, a talent show, and so much more.
Reflecting on our first two years, we were overwhelmed to see many instances where God cultivated safety and created moments for the children to engage all forms of their emotions (from silliness and joy to frustration and anger). God opened many unique spaces where the kids were listened to, heard, known, and loved. We also witnessed God shape our hearts in ways we never expected. 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. God’s kingdom has broken through. And we don’t want to stop.
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, we need people. We need camp counselors, we need social workers, we need support staff, we need musicians and actors, and more. If you can’t make it to camp we still need people in LA helping us prepare and sending and receiving the kids. You don’t need specific skills, you don’t need previous experience, you just need the Holy Spirit. 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 from Sunday, June 21 – Friday, June 26 (unless you are participating for only one day or from back home in LA, of course.) There will be fundraising involved for everyone who is volunteering as well. Please don’t let the high level of commitment scare you off! Remember that the Holy Spirit will be the one empowering you, and know that you will be receiving a ton of support, training, and encouragement from the leaders and other volunteers!
Thank you for reflecting the heart of Christ to his children!
We also ask you to please consider supporting the kids and the camp financially. Camp is completely self-funded so that no child has to pay dime to be there. Whether it’s giving $5, or paying for five kids to go to camp, everything helps. If you’d like to make a donation, you can do so below.
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 below. Please note that the application is lengthy, so you’ll want to carve out some time for it and we suggest using a computer rather than a phone. Please also be mindful of whether or not you can commit to the full week before completing the application. If you have any questions before filling out the application, you can reach us below for clarity.
Applications close March 1.