Kings Harbor is in countdown mode. Royal Family Kids Camp is just a mere three months away and WE NEED YOU. If you have never been to camp and are looking for a Mission Opportunity this is it. I (Joy Steed) talked to Keaton Steed about her experience at Royal Family and this is what she had to share:
How did you find out about Royal Family and what made you want to go? My mom, you. I didn’t want to do it because I didn’t like camp as a kid and so I really didn’t want to go at all, but you told me I didn’t have a choice, this was something I needed to do!
How did your perception of what this camp, Royal Family, change once you were there? I realized how helpless these kids are, how many of them don’t receive a lot of love and special things in their lives. This can make them hard to love, because they don’t always show their affection at first. They have a guard up at first, because they don’t trust people easily. So, seeing how throughout the week they changed and became more trusting, and opened up and because of that you learn more about their story, about what they have been through or are going through. This changed how I felt about the camp. They are kids but they have been through a lot more than what a kid should go through.
If someone had never been to camp what would you tell them? That you just need to go and have fun with these kids let them have fun, treat them like any other kid and love them unconditionally.
How would you say God worked through Royal Family? In my first year I wasn’t really aware of the impact of camp until I got home, I spent a lot of time with one camper in particular and so when I came home from that week I wondered a lot about her, her situation and if I would ever see her again. I had to rely on God and give my anxiety and sadness over to God and trust that wherever she was and whatever her circumstances that God was taking control of them and watching out for her and at the same time helping me through missing her. The second year, which was last year I saw God work through the counselors and staff and I then saw the impact that this had on the kids, how God was working in their lives that week. We were humbled. At Royal Family we have to put others first and that’s not easy. You also realize that things we take for granted others don’t have and perceptions we have of others and their situations aren’t necessarily accurate. God took all of that and changed the hearts of the counselors and staff and in changing our hearts the kids hearts get affected, being cared for and excepted and loved unconditionally and in a safe way, a way they may have never experienced and because of this their hearts are changed.
Keaton, personally what have you seen God do in your life because of your experience of serving at Royal Family Kids Camp? It’s given me a heart to help kids that are struggling especially those kids in the Foster system. It has opened my eyes to that. God changed my heart and faith through this experience just simply by opening my eyes to situations outside of my comfort zone. I definitely see that by stepping out of my comfort zone, by going I definitely became aware of there being a need right here in my community. Royal Family personally reminded me what I already know about God, that God can change people and in a matter of days lives can be affected in a positive way just by being available and willing to give your time and energy to someone other than yourself.
If you are interested in volunteering for Royal Family Kids Camp this year talk to Christine Barker or Jason Flentye about how to get involved. The applications to serve are on the Kings Harbor website.
Here’s your turn to be heard! Comment below to enter a chance to win a copy of God’s Smuggler in honor of our month dedicated to “God’s Word”. The winner will be announced on March 31st at 8:00pm.