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March 17, 2019 – Roger Peace


Word of Life Revive Band Schedule and Update

This year’s addition of the Word of Life Revive Band is made up of nine Word of Life Bible Institute graduates. This band is a full-time band that is out on the road representing the Lord and Word of Life.   Since September when Word of Life’s Revive Band hit the road, they have been blessed to minister to over 20,000 people in 127 meetings.  They have seen 331 people make salvation decisions and have collected over 400 applications to the Word of Life Bible Institute. The Band has just finished their winter tour to Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Virginia. In the next few months, they may be near you.  This band is our full-time band that is out on the road representing the Lord and the Word of Life Bible Institute and Camps.  The band will be in the following locations this spring.

March 16,17 –First Baptist Church of Galeton, 240 W. Main Street, Galeton, PA 16922

March 23,24 – Pennsville Baptist Church, 3298 Richey Rd.Pleasant, PA 15666,:

March 31 – New Hope Baptist Church,19983 NYS Rt 3, Watertown, NY 13601

April 13,14 – New Hope Community Church, 454 Corinth Road, Queensbury, NY 12804,

April 20,21 – Penn Yan Bible Church, 2015 Kimball Rd.14527, Penn Yan, NY

April 27-29 – Epsom Bible Church, 398 Black Hall Road, Epsom, NH 03234

May 4,5 –First Baptist Church of Berlin, NY

May 19 – AM, Calvary Baptist Church, 578 Station Road, Stacyville, Maine 0477704086

May 19 – PM, Cornerstone Baptist Church, 7771 Lewiston Rd., Topsham, ME

For times, check out our Word of Life Revive Facebook page.

A few years ago the Revive Band came to our house during the Christmas season and sang for my family! We were so blessed, you might enjoy hearing them here.

For more questions or to book the Word of Life Revive Band for your church, youth group or school, email Tom Phillips at tdphilli@wol.org.

March 16, 2019 – Roger Peace


THE THINGS WE DO FOR OUR KIDS . . .

As parents, we want the best for our children.  We want them to be healthy and happy.  We want them to be successful. But at what cost?  And with what definition of “success”?

 

Dominating the headlines right now is the sad discovery of something many have long suspected.  Rich and famous parents bribing and cheating their children’s acceptance into elite colleges.  This is a sad situation on so many levels, and it clearly shows the moral compass of our culture.   While the desire to provide for our children is a God-given instinct, God specifically commands parents to train up their children after His ways, and to model a Biblical lifestyle of integrity before them.

 

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”  Deuteronomy 6:5-7  

 

As president of the Bible Institute, one of the highlights of my calendar is opening day.  I love greeting the new students as they arrive, but I also love seeing the pride (and a little nervousness) on the faces of parents as they drop off their young adults to college.  A lot of mixed emotions and nostalgia, but there is also a feeling of confidence.  That during this critical, foundational time in their lives, their sons and daughters are going to be grounded in the Word of God and grounded in the identity that their Creator has designed in them.

 

Even better is that for many of these students, this isn’t their first time with us.  I recognize many faces because they have already been serving with us.  You see, each summer, 450 high school students converge on our New York and Florida campuses for a program called Camp Crew, a summer long discipleship and leadership program that has demonstrated proven results.   Even before their college years, these high school students have been using their summers to invest in eternity and to grow in their faith through life-on-life mentoring, hands-on service, and high-energy activities.

 

In Camp Crew, just like at the Bible Institute, students learn that God is integral to their whole lives.  God cares about not just their “spiritual” or “ministry” moments like Bible study, prayer, rallies, evangelism, or discipleship.  But He also cares about the everyday, “mundane” parts of their lives, like cleaning their dorm room, waiting tables, guarding the beachfront, teaching horsemanship, resolving conflicts, and managing their time.  There are no insignificant moments with God.  He is Lord over all.

 

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”  Colossians 3:17 

 

And students learn that worship is more than just music.  Worship is anything we do that gives God the worth and glory He deserves.  God receives glory in hard work that matters.  In the laughter of godly friendship.  In the enjoyment of Sabbath rest.  And even in the crazy, sloppy fellowship of the Mud Pit!

 

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:16

 

And this Biblical Worldview extends beyond their time at the Bible Institute.  As students matriculate to other colleges and into their vocations and careers, they continue to see God as the center of their lives.  And they are having an impact.  I am continually hearing from other college professionals that WOLBI students are always the best prepared and most active leaders and influencers on their campuses.   Servant leadership is part of their DNA.  God designed them for a life of influence, and Camp Crew and the Bible Institute has drawn that out.  BTW – we offer amazing Word of Life Bible Institute scholarships for Junior and Seniors who do Camp Crew, your student could save up to $4,000 their first year.

What a joy to be a small part of the greater work that God is doing in the lives of young people through Word of Life!

For more information on our Camp Crew Program check it out here: CAMP CREW

Are you a parent of child who has done Camp Crew? Let us know how the program influenced your child in comments below.

March 13, 2019 – Roger Peace


Announcement: 2019 Founders Bible Conference

 

 

Every year at the Word of Life Bible Institute we have the joy of hosting the Word of Life Founders Bible Conference. This year we are thrilled to have Pastor Jarrod Jones and Pastor Chris Goeppner as our Bible teachers.

When you hear of a founders conference it is easy to think it will be all about the past. We are so grateful for our heritage, but we are equally excited about the future. The mission has not changed, the vision is strong and the team at Word of Life is committed to “reaching this generation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ”. Jack Wyrtzen would say often, it is the “responsibility of each generation to reach their generation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ”. We believe this timeless statement is for today and this generation. We look forward to challenging the students about the future and how God can use them!

 

The Founders Bible Conference theme is Forward in Victory. We desire to see this generation move forward in victory as they reach their generation. We are convinced this generation of students at the Word of Life Bible Institute will make a difference wherever God places them.  We witness many of them making much of Jesus in every opportunity they are presented with.

 

We would love to have you join us for this year’s Founders Bible Conference. The music, the Bible teaching and vision for the future will be contagious! If you can’t be here in person, you can watch all of the meetings online as well.

 

For more information about the Founders Bible Conference, check it out here: Founders Bible Conference

March 10, 2019 – Roger Peace


2019 Snowcamp Report: Every Camper – Next Step with Jesus!

Just seven weeks ago I watched 400+ staff and students prepare tirelessly for the arrival of campers. Each year Word of Life Bible Institute hosts Word of Life Snowcamp. Snowcamp is hands down the most fun you can have in 44 hours. Staff and students give all they have to provide campers with an amazing experience. You can check out the weekend in review video here! It is a joy to watch students who have never shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ help lead an individual to understand the Gospel for the first time.  Seeing students serve in the dish pit, the kitchen, housekeeping, maintenance, indoor and outdoor program and so many other areas with joy and excellence is humbling to me. Our counselors who are students at the Bible Institute poured their lives into campers every moment available. Just this morning I was told by a leader “this year the counselors have been the best we have ever seen.” Oh, that these students never loose the joy of serving others! The commitment of every staff and student to help each camper with their “next step with Jesus” is contagious. The spirit on campus these days has been amazing to say the least. Students talking about life-changing conversations and moments of tears and laughter as they recount their Snowcamp memories never gets old. As an alumnus I can remember vividly my Snowcamp Experience. I am so proud of each and every staff and student who has served and made much of Jesus in every situation and moment. Most colleges are preparing students to make a living, but here at the Word of Life Bible Institute we are committed to preparing students how to live. I am convinced when a student is involved in ministry and goes hard after Jesus in their studies, their relationships and ministry – you then have learned what it is to live. This year we have served 2,119 campers at Snowcamp. There has been 218 recorded decisions for Jesus and 1,285 students came forward in dedication stating – I am all in for Jesus, committing all I have and every hope to be to Jesus. Maybe you are reading this and wonder what I am speaking of when I say a person understanding the Gospel, you can learn more here at Experience Hope. If you are an alumni of the Word of Life Bible Institute or a Snowcamp Camper Alumni and you had a memorable experience, would you share it with us in the comments? We would love to hear from you. For more information about our summer camps go here.

March 8, 2019 – Roger Peace


2019 Bible Institute Tour Announcement – Spring Break

Each year the Word of Life Bible Institute’s Ministries Department schedules and promotes a Spring Break Ministries Tour. This spring break we have two tours traveling. You do not want to miss out on seeing our students in action, come on out and join the excitement.

For more information, you can contact Anna Stursberg at: aestursberg@wol.org or 518.494.1502

The first team is our Word of Life Ranch and Wild Posse Tour. This tour will have a band and provide exciting camp-like experiences. Here are their dates and locations.

Ranch and Wild Tour:

Zarephath Christian Church (housing) 10 Chapel Dr. Somerset, NJ 08873 3/17/2019
Christian School of York (chapel) 907 Greenbriar Rd. York, PA 17404 3/18/2019
Riverdale Baptist School (chapel) 1133 Largo Rd. Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 3/19/2019
Hatcher’s Memorial Baptist Church Bristow, VA 3/19/2019
Fredericksburg Christian School (chapel) 9400 Thornton Rolling Rd. Fredericksburg, VA 3/20/2019
Calvary Bible Church Hanover, PA 3/20/2019
Lancaster Mennonite (chapel) 1525 Sand Hill Rd. Hummelstown, PA 17036 3/21/2019
Stonington Baptist Church 2113 Hosta Rd Paxinos, PA 17860 3/21/2019
South Clinton Baptist Church 1845 Easton Tnpke Lake Ariel, PA 18436 3/22-23/2019
Allen Memorial Baptist Church 8 Church St Candor, NY 13743 3/23-24/2019

 

Island Tour 

The second tour is our Island Ministries Team. This team will travel with our Word of Life Dunk Team and Band. There will be exciting programming at each location.

Parma Heights Baptist Church 8971 W Ridgewood Dr. Parma Heights, OH 44130 3/16-17/2019
Orrville Grace Brethren Church 2200 Paradise Rd Orrville, OH 44667 3/17/2019
Mansfield Christian School (chapel) 500 Logan Rd. Mansfield, OH 44907 3/18/2019
Marcellus High School – Public School (assembly) Jones, MI 3/18/2019
First Baptist Church Newberg 13021 Born St. Jones, MI 49061 3/18/2019
Hawthorne Elementary (assembly) Elkhart, IN 3/19/2019
Lifeline Ministries 174 State Street Elkhart, IN 46516 3/19/2019
Medina Christian Academy (assembly) 3646 Medina Rd. Medina, OH 44256 3/20/2019
First Baptist Church Medina 3646 Medina Rd. Medina, OH 44256 3/20/2019
Medina Christian Academy (chapel) 3646 Medina Rd. Medina, OH 44256 3/21/2019
Hillside Baptist Church 19 W Ohio Ave. Rittman, OH 44270 3/21/2019
Bethel Baptist Christian Academy (chapel) 200 Hunt Rd. Jamestown, NY 14701 3/22/2019
First Baptist Church Marilla 11651 Bullis Rd, Marilla, NY 14102 3/22-23/2019
Open Door Baptist Church 350 Scottsville-Chili Rd., Churchville, NY 14428 3/23-24/2019