The Bridge – Updates from the Office of the President

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May 7, 2021

The Bridge: May 7th

  Dear Parents and Guardians, Every year at this time, I get a bit nostalgic and I wonder where the time has gone. Walking past empty classrooms and quiet dorms feels strange, and I miss the laughter and greetings of the wonderful students we have here at WOLBI. What a blessing they are! Thank you for letting me serve your students this year. I’m praying for them–and for you– as they transition home for this time, and I can’t wait to have our campus filled with young people serving Jesus during summer camp this year.   New York Youth Camps We’re excited about summer camps! The Ranch, The Ridge, and The Island will all take place on the Bible Institute property, which has already been outfitted in most areas to meet current COVID Guidelines. The Ranch (elementary school) program will continue to operate on a separate schedule from the older youth programs. While Ranch campers may cross paths with other age groups on the property, all meals, meetings, activities, and cabins will be unique to our elementary school-aged campers. The Island (high school) and The Ridge (middle school) will leverage a blend of individualized and combined programming. Some activities that… Continue Reading

April 23, 2021

The Bridge: April 23rd

  Dear Parents and Guardians, I hope you are doing well and looking forward to having your students home for break! I know I am looking forward to spending some time with my son before camp starts this summer. I am pleased to share that currently on campus, we have only a single student who has tested positive for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, we have also placed seven other students in precautionary quarantine. We are grateful for the Lord’s protection during this time as well as our students’ and staff’s adherence to our Protecting One Another by Preferring One Another plan. It has been a joy to hear from many of you about the changes you’ve seen in your children’s lives over the past year. It has been a fantastic reminder to me that God’s Word never returns void. I hope to see many of them return to campus next year for second year or to continue their education at Davis College!   Youth Camps 3 Camps, 1 Property Great news–The Ranch, The Ridge, and The Island camps will all operate in 2021! All three programs will take place on the Bible Institute property. While the Bible… Continue Reading

March 26, 2021

The Bridge: March 26th

  Strengthening the Parent-Student Connection A Note from Karen Smith, Dean of Women  Your student is just about to complete an amazing year of digging deep in God’s Word, and you’re probably excited to know all they have learned! Here are some ideas to connect with your student as they return home for break: Ask about the lessons God taught them this year. Our theme was “Trustworthy”, and we focused specifically on how God had proven and continues to prove Himself trustworthy.  Many students have shared incredible stories of how God has deepened their trust in Him. Each student has a favorite class and/or teacher. Ask your student which ones they liked, and why. What did they learn through those classes? Talk about friendships, and get to know their friends! How have they seen relationships change and grow this year? What has God taught them about healthy relationships? Catch their vision for next steps. Is it missions work? Continuing their college education? Entering the workforce? Pray for ways to encourage them. If their path isn’t what you had hoped for them, ask God to work in their heart as well as yours. Find time to pray with them. Ask for… Continue Reading

March 12, 2021

The Bridge: March 12th

  Dear Parents and Guardians, Greetings from Word of Life Bible Institute! The sun is out, the air is warmer, and you can feel the excitement as students enjoy the outdoors. Spring is always a wonderful reminder that summer is coming–and so is camp! We do plan on operating camp, as New York State has given the green light. In the coming days and weeks ahead, we will share our summer camp plans with staff, students, parents, and campers. While we are still waiting on NYS for guidance, we are confident we must continue to plan and move forward. I know Easter is a special time, especially for followers of Christ. However, we’d like to ask for your cooperation as we have adjusted our spring semester to not include a break, and we have specifically asked students not to travel for Easter. At this point, we will only approve emergency travel or travel for extremely important family events (weddings and funerals) as we work to limit our exposure to COVID-19. Hopefully, you all received last week’s announcement about the Special Permission to Leave process and plan. I understand this is not ideal, but I am also confident this is the… Continue Reading

February 26, 2021

The Bridge: February 26th

Dear Parents and Guardians, We are so excited to share that we will be able to open our summer camps in New York this season! We had been praying and planning to that end and last week heard official word from Governor Cuomo’s office that summer camps can prepare to open. We are still awaiting more guidance but hope to have this in the coming weeks to further communicate our plans with you. Keep reading for updates on academics, financial aid, athletics, student life, Missions Conference, Florida updates, and upcoming events. Academics This spring, we are offering two elective classes for students: The Life and Writings of C.S. Lewis taught by Dr. Paul Weaver and Biblical Counseling Problems and Procedures taught by Mr. Joe Schenke. You can read more about these courses below: The Life and Writings of C.S. Lewis This course explores the life and writings of C.S. Lewis, providing an in-depth examination of this 20th-century figure, the experiences that shaped him, and a sampling of his writings from multiple literary genres. While WOL believes that the Bible is the only absolute source of truth, Christian writings are greatly beneficial to one’s own spiritual growth as well as one’s… Continue Reading