A month from today I will be standing on dry but fertile ground. I will be helping unload and set up for a week that will change my heart, open my eyes, and cause me to see the Lord working in ways I never imagined possible. Seeds will be planted in hearts.
Royal Family Kids Camp is the place where God changes lives.
If you are wondering how you can help, what you can do if you aren’t physically going it’s really quite simple – PRAY.
The days at camp are long and hot. They are full of laughter and heartache. There is exhaustion mixed with an energy that is only explained as Holy Spirit fuel for the exhausted. God is in the midst of it all.
The prayers needed are the simple and the deep, our battle is not against the things we see, and these kids need us to be ready to fight for them through our prayers and by our example of how we love on them. We need to be ready and strong and dressed in the armor of God. So pray Ephesians 6:11-18 for us.
We need to love well. To love unconditionally not just in words but also through our actions, that all we do will show these kids Christ’s love and ultimately draw them to Him. Pray 1 Corinthians 13.
The days will be long and mixed with good and hard things, which is always the best. I think it’s how God draws us to Himself and how He grows us and changes us even though often times we feel the hurt before we see the change. Pray 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 and Isaiah 43:2.
Every day there will be decisions that need to be made, some decisions will be easy; others will be hard. Pray that we will have the discernment and wisdom to make the right choices at the right times. That we will see things that can only be seen because of the discernment given by God, pray 1 Corinthians 2:10-13 and Proverbs 2:6-8.
There will be kids that are afraid and angry, un-trusting of adults, feeling alone and deeply hurt, broken. Pray for their freedom, for restoration and wholeness. It is never to late for the healing of God. Pray 2 Corinthians 3:17, Isaiah 53:5 and Psalm 103:2-4.
Pray for their protection as they leave camp. Pray for their safety for the coming year. Pray Psalm 91:4-7.
There are so many ways that you can pray for these kids, for this camp, for us as volunteers. Pray for God to pour out His spirit upon these kids, upon the volunteers, and that the kids would develop a heart for God, for His word and His ways. Pray that where there is captivity freedom is found. That we can show these kids through how we love on them that this is Christ loving on them. That through this week we are able to give them hope, to show them that God does have a purpose and plan for their lives. Pray that they will know that He is their refuge.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23