A Hope for Abused Children

I had never seen innocent children so terribly abused, neglected, and forgotten.

I grew up in a home that followed Jesus. I went to Sunday School and Awanas, and as I began high school I traveled the world on different mission trips. Over the course of five years I worked with different orphanages across Russia and my heart broke.

Children were hurting.

I soon recognized this problem was not unique to foreign countries. The very same issues were going on, seemingly unnoticed, in our own back yard.

Hundreds of thousands of kids are in foster care right here in America and their stories are no different than that of the kids I met in Russia.

They are neglected.

They are abused.

They are locked in closets and used as ashtrays.

They are told they are mistakes, worthless, and too hard to love. They grow up believing these lies and continue the heartbreaking cycle of abuse.

But Jesus has a different message for these forgotten children. He says they are wanted. They are loved. They are worth everything!

As followers of Jesus, we must show these hurting kids that there is hope.

Royal Family Kids Camp

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Every summer, we invite kids from the foster care system to experience the best week of their life. Kids who have been neglected and forgotten are treated like royalty. They are given only one responsibility, have fun. They are free to act like children, to laugh, to run, and play.

Even if just for a moment, they are able to forget the pain they have suffered.

We fill their week with parties, games, food, field trips, and as much laughter as they can muster. In the beautiful cathedral of nature, amongst the laughing and the playing, they hear the good news about a real, true Father who loves them. During this week Jesus gets to redefine what true, fatherly love is and so many of these kids go away with an entirely new view of themselves.

They come to camp with walls so thick around their hearts that it seems impossible to break through. Year after year Jesus reminds us that we don’t need to break through, we just need to love them and he will do the rest. And year after year we watch these kids allow their guard to drop and dare to believe that they really are lovable and valuable. It is without a doubt the most beautiful transformation you will ever see!

There are many ways for you to help:

Birthday Boxes

Many of these kids have never had a birthday party, so we throw the biggest party we can. We have a carnival and fill their day with games, piñatas, cupcakes, singing, and birthday presents. If you or your missional community want to put together birthday boxes, we have a list of toys to ensure that everyone gets the same presents. These birthday boxes come to about $75 per box.

Prayer Partners

Prayer is an effective means of support. Our prayer partners will receive a bracelet to wear during the week of camp and a specific list of prayers that a staff member has requested. To become a prayer partner, visit the Westside Church annex on June 7 & 14.

Kids Camp Leader

Each year, Royal Family Kids Camp hosts dozens of kids in need of care and attention. This requires a lot of work. To become a Kids Camp Leader, you must complete an application, background check, and interview.

 


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Learn more about the story behind Royal Family Kids Camp and discover other opportunities to get involved.

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Author: Justin Lucia

Bridgetown Kids Director & Royal Family Kids Camp Director