So many wonderful things are occurring around Crossroads because so many amazing people are throwing themselves into the Cause of Christ with total commitment. Royal Family Kids Camp is one place we have seen our family fulfill the calling of James 1:27 (NASB) “Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” Gail Baitx is one of those who went to camp this year and shared the love of Jesus in meaningful way. Here is her experience …
The beauty shop for Royal Family Kids Camp was brought about by a dream to see these Foster care girls changed from the outside in. Patty Galippo and I have been volunteers for RFKC for several years. At one camp how the girls in our cabin were transformed by a little pampering with manicures and pedicures and words of encouragement and that brought about the idea for “Royal Princess Beauty Salon.” We wanted these girls to understand that they were beautiful princesses because they were daughters of the King. The salon was in full swing at this year’s Royal Family Kids Camp in July and it truly transformed these little ladies from the outside in.
To get the salon up and running, it took many volunteers and donations from one salon and many individuals. We had every color of nail polish imaginable; a table with barrettes, clips, hair pieces, and head bands; and hair and body glitter spray. Tim and Jill Borth made all the decorations and built the “thrones” for the girls to sit in. They turned the camp chapel into a princess palace. There were 4 stations set up where each girl would receive a pedicure and manicure and they would have their hair and make-up done.
All 50 girls made appointments and received invitation reminders of their appointment. Upon arrival they received a bottle of water from the “Royal Reserve of the King” water supply and they were given a princess bag filled with lip gloss, eye shadow, hair brush, manicure set and most importantly, their tiaras. They were asked hoe they wanted their hair styled and their nails done and the ladies went to work. As they were being pampered the volunteers would affirm their beauty and worth in Jesus’ eyes and would let them know about His love for them. When the transformation was complete, they each had a picture taken with the tiara on their heads and a royal scepter in their hands.
We saw that each girl who entered the Princess Salon left it changed. The very first little girl who came through the door had her head down and would not make eye contact with me. She was hesitant to even pick out nail polish and hair things for herself. I’ll never forget when I first went to touch her hand to start the manicure, she pulled her hand away from me in fear. I thought, “What has happened to this little girl that she is afraid to be touched?” I asked her if I could do her manicure. She reluctantly said yes. While working o her fingernails I tried to have a conversation with her but she would not even look at me. When I told her about how beautiful she was, she started to look up at me. I asked her if she knew she was a princess. She said she was not. I informed her that she was a princess of the King and asked if she knew who her King was. I told her that Jesus was her King and that he loved her very much and had made her so special that He would never make another girl like her again because he had made her perfect. Her expression began to change. She looked up at me and gave me a beautiful smile. By the end of the process she had a huge smile on her face and held her head high. She admired herself in the mirror and beamed for her photo. As she walked out the door to the compliments of her counselor on how beautiful she looked, I could see that she had been transformed.
This is just one of fifty stories of girls who were transformed that day due to the “Royal Princess Beauty Salon” at RFKC. Thanks to all the volunteers and contributors who made a difference in these little girls’ lives.