The Bridge – Updates from the Office of the President

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May 14, 2020


New York Students: Summer 2020 Information

https://vimeo.com/418862649/9d708cb6a4?utm_source=wol&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=camps_2020_Roger_student_camps_announcement Dear Bible Institute Students,   We have missed you tremendously on campus, but we are so proud of your diligence and persistence in your program as we were forced to transition to remote instruction. As you have walked through this trial, we are so proud of how you have demonstrated the joy that only Christ can give!  After much prayer, discussion, and consultation with our local health and government authorities, it is    with a heavy heart that Word of Life has determined we have no option other than to cancel our 2020 New York Summer Camp programs.  While we are greatly disappointed to miss out on the summer season, especially because of the life change that we have experienced at camp every summer for the past 74 years, it has become clear over the past several weeks that additional New York State guidelines and restrictions have made camp completely unfeasible.    As things currently stand, New York State has implemented a four-phase plan for reopening regions. The Bible Institute and our camps are located in the Capital Region. Currently, the Capital Region has not even met the criteria set forth by Governor Cuomo to open for phase one—and opening camps would be part of phase four. Each phase is 2 weeks long, so even in the best-case scenario of phase …



April 24, 2020


The Bridge: Bible Institute and Camp Updates

Dear Parents and Students,   One of the hardest things for me personally during this COVID-19 situation has been the feeling of being disconnection from others. I am thrilled to be around my wife and children regularly, and I would like to think they are feeling the same. However, we all long for relationship and community with others. In fact, we are even encouraged to be together in the Bible. Hebrews 10:24-25 says: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”   Can I encourage you? While we are not able to be together at this time, we can still be encouraging one another in love and in service. We have been sharing with the students that now is the time to look for ways to serve in a new way! I’d like to challenge you to do this with your student! Look for ways to love and serve. Trust me, you won’t regret it. Just this past week my wife and daughters served in our community …



April 20, 2020


Student Update – Summer 2020

Dear Students,  As you know, we have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation very carefully. While planning for this summer, we have considered a multitude of factors, including government restrictions, the health and safety of our guests, students, and staff, and our ability to physically prepare for camp amongst all of the current restrictions.   With that in mind, we have made the difficult decision to consolidate our camping ministries this summer.  We are still planning to offer both our family and youth camp programs! However, summer 2020 will look very different from typical Word of Life Camp summers. We will not be opening the Island property for camp this season; all youth camps (The Ranch, Wild and Island) will operate from the Bible Institute property. In addition, our family camps programming will all be run from the Pines property, with limited overflow lodging space available at the Lodge property. This is not a decision our team wanted to make, but at this time we feel it is the safest and most responsible way to operate this summer.    We want you to know that we are all in this together and summer is the capstone of your education at Word of Life. Obviously, these changes will affect the way that camps operate, and some positions and assignments will change, …



April 3, 2020


Important Information regarding (COVID-19)

April 3, 2020 UPDATE Dear Student and Parents,   I hope this email finds you safe and healthy. I am reminded of Psalm 46:1-3, which says,   God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.  There is no doubt in my mind that many of you may feel as I do in these moments, as though the world is falling apart or crashing in on you and everything is coming at you at lighting speed. Maybe you’re fearful. In light of this, I am greatly encouraged by the opening thoughts of these verses: God is my refuge, my strength, and my ever-present help! God is YOUR refuge, strength, and ever-present help! Therefore, we (you and I) will not FEAR! You and I can live in this moment of time resting in the presence of our wonderful Savior Jesus Christ!  Find Him in His Word and the comfort of the Holy Spirit!   Here are few updates and resources for you:   Personal Belongings Update – NY Campus  We have been working within and with the guidance set by the President of the United States, New York State Government and our local Warren County Department of Health. All of them are strongly advising limited travel, enforcing the requirement of essential workforce only, and restricting social interaction to that which is …



April 3, 2020


Word of Life Ministries Prayer Requests

April 3, 2020 Word of Life is grateful to all those who have committed to praying for us in the past, and we would like to humbly appeal to you once more for your intercession on our behalf. Despite these challenging times, we know that God is in control, that He has not changed, that He is good, and that He hears the prayers of the faithful.    Thank you for partnering with us- in prayer, in faith, in love, and in service.   The Word of Life Team  “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” – 1 John 5:14 New York Bible Institute and Camps Pray for students who now adjusting to doing remote instruction at home.Pray for our goal of sharing the gospel with 100,000 people through our students and staff, and that we would all stay focused on reaching those around us.Pray that we would see 100% of our students return for summer camp.Pray for families, youth leaders and students who are determining their summer plans– that they would plan on attending Word of Life Camps. Word of Life Florida Staff adjusting to meeting our student …