I was standing in a very familiar place, and yet, with an uncertainty in my heart. I was hesitant; I didn’t know what I was doing, and I didn’t want to make a big mistake. But God knew what I was doing and He never makes mistakes.
It was a few years ago before I attended Royal Family Kids Camp. I was simply assisting with the RFKC check-in on Monday morning. I was nervous – afraid I might do something wrong – yet excited – hoping that somehow God would use me in that time. What I didn’t realize was the big way God would use that time for me.
Into the room stepped three children and a woman, but only two of the children were old enough to go. So, two of the children put on their name tags and t-shirts, had their pictures taken, and then almost forgot to say goodbye. But as they turned back to bid farewell to the woman and the other child, I was blown away with what I saw. That cute little boy was standing in the middle of the room, unreserved tears flowing down his face. He was probably saying goodbye to those dearest to him.
Like him, the children coming to camp will have to say goodbye – to a caregiver, a brother, or a sister. It may be very difficult for them to leave those they know and go to camp – where perhaps they have never been before. Some of the kids may have an easier time because they have attended before and are just looking forward to the fun.
Some of the campers may have butterflies in their stomachs. Perhaps they too will cry. They might not know who will be their counselor or which other kids will be with them in their cabin. For some, perhaps they have no clue what camp is even like. And yet, for others, they are unsure if they should trust anyone at camp especially since their very own parents who they should be able to trust abused or neglected them.
Yet in the meantime, many miles away, another story altogether is taking place as nearly 90 volunteers will be preparing the camp, the cabins, and our hearts to graciously receive each child the Lord will bring to us to care for during the week. Some of us may be rushing around doing some last-minute decorating in our cabins or others might be wandering around seeing the various creative cabin themes. Most of us will be spending the morning in the Word, in prayer and preparing our hearts for the week that God has in store. As we eat lunch in the peaceful dining hall, we may very well also have butterflies in our stomachs. Nervous for what this week will entail, but so very expectant for the Lord to use us in the week.
Specific Prayer Requests:
- Pray for the children who are too young to go to camp but whose siblings are attending camp. Pray for the RFKC alumni who are too old to attend camp to continue to trust the Lord and hope in Christ even if they are disappointed they cannot go to camp. Pray that God will comfort their hearts during the week.
- Pray each child will feel very welcomed and loved from the moment they arrive at camp until them moment they leave.
- Pray for God to prepare the hearts of the kids and the hearts of the volunteers. Pray that He will speak to each of us through the week. Pray He will give us His eyes to see what he sees and His heart for the children. Pray as volunteers, He will break our hearts for what breaks His.