By Sylvia Dickson
What would your dream home be like? a cottage; a mansion; a log cabin? No matter what we dream of, it is in some way better than what we have.
From the beginning, God’s design was not only better, but perfect. His purpose now is to restore us to that original design.
Bless This House
God is the architect and builder and the foundation is Christ Jesus. For more than 125 years, FCA has experienced God’s blessing in building our house. His faithfulness is apparent in the godly staff he brings, and the families we help.
We take precious lives and shape them with God’s Word and trustworthy testimonies to His faithfulness. The success we have comes from God. I Corinthians3:10 reminds us of our role: By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care.
A Welcoming Home
Whatever your role is in building this house, it is important. Many of you have personal connections with FCA or families impacted by this ministry. You believe in the vital role French Camp plays in helping families. You contribute through donations and prayers.
Volunteers bring skills, time, and enthusiasm. Input into student and staff lives is another valuable gift, along with the music of hammers and saws. They come in groups or individually for a day or a month. What they leave behind is a treasure of experiences with God’s family for God’s kingdom.
Staff members come to FCA not for a job, but to minister. Each one knows that the work on this house will stand the test of time—and eternity. While mentoring, loving and protecting young people, they are fulfilling the Great Commission of going into all the world and making disciples.
God’s Construction Crew
Sometimes the work seems hopeless. It seems we have to start over in reaching a student…overcome discouragement. Sometimes we feel like we are building a ghetto instead of a kingdom.
We see all the failed attempts at getting the wall plumb, instead of the Lord’s hand in setting things right. We have to remind ourselves that unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain (Psalm 127:1).
And then, a very clear affirmation that God is at work at FCA takes shape.
For seven years, Charlie* has called FCA home. He was only five when he arrived and lived with a staff family until he was school age. Charlie’s mom was not taking care of him—drugs, alcohol, and staying out late dominated her life. He was left on his own most of the time, until a relative rescued him and sought help from FCA.
Today, Charlie is a leader to his peers and a responsible, respectful young man. His life is now founded on Christ. His role models are compassionate, Christians who build lives up, instead of people who tear them down.
Charlie loves his mother. However, because of FCA, he knows how to love his mother with Christ’s love and to understand the importance of building his life on Christ. He has found the security, safety and help he needs at French Camp Academy.
*not his real name
In a recent study of the Old Testament, one lady exclaimed, God uses pitiful people to do his work! And it’s true. We looked at Bible heroes and saw their failings and were humbled. We saw how God uses pitiful people and makes them living stones…built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (I Peter 2:5).
God designs us and places us in this unimaginable structure called His Kingdom, smoothes and polishes us to reflect His image, so that this house He is building—the church—is an amazing monument to His faithfulness.
A Dream Come True
This is the reality: God is the builder. He supplies all the tools and materials to do the assigned jobs, including the encouragement to keep building. So, here we are fulfilling God’s Master Plan by serving others, praising Him, and having a great time doing it.
Even as we build, we are the building itself: Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? (I Corinthians 3:16). So, God is at work wherever you are, at French Camp Academy, and to the ends of the earth.
As you read through this paper, see God’s work in the many ways He is pouring Truth into the lives of young people, tearing up faulty foundations built on fear and hurt, laying secure foundations on Jesus Christ, and building a new house fit for The King.