I wanted to cry, I wanted to beat my fist against the wall, I wanted to take him up and rescue him when I heard the story. A little boy who was left at home while his mother enjoyed the beach with her newest boyfriend on a long weekend. The boy said he really did not care. He said he was fine and that he was used to it. He just wished he had not missed KOZ that weekend.
That is the story we hear over and over again. The stories of the kids make a KOZ leader strong in their pursuit of their hearts. Even a small glimpse of a kids rescued heart brings exhilaration, satisfaction and a joy that is hard to express in words. It has wrecked for His good even the toughest leaders.
Because of your support this year we have impacted more kids than ever before with life changing experiences in outdoor adventure and through committed mentors. The stories include so many victories. A boy stepping up and mentoring another younger than he, both from fatherless homes. Girls weeping with joy and claiming an empowerment they have never know then accepting Christ as the Father they have never known. Incredible and the stories go on and on.
The majority of the kids who come to our camps, adventures and journeys have little or no financial means. Most have no father or male role model at home. Their lives consist of broken promises and abandoned dreams. It is the support of our donors that has made KOZ available to the hearts of thousands of kids and the adults leaders who care for them.As the Christmas season comes and year end giving is upon us we would like for you to consider the impact your support provides for KOZ kids. The needs are many; growing the program, curriculum, training leaders, gear, trailer, land.
“I don’t know how to thank you. My son has come back to me. KOZ is what he needed and I am so grateful for those men. Thank you God for KOZ,” a mom said to me after summer camp, tears rolling down her cheeks.
We know God is the foundation of this program.
Matthew 7:24-27, 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
If you would like to meet and talk about possible land donations or other ways you can support the program, please call me personally at 512-789-3838.