Word of Life Lifeline - Spring 2018

LIFELINE god ’ s grace revealed through you

GOD IS ALIVE and at work YOU can join in what He’s doing today!


Reports from Africa

Snowcamp and Pursuit Camp update

Report from THIS IS YOUR WORLD: Missions Conference 2018

Word of Life Fellowship, Inc. 2017 Board of Directors OFFICERS: Mr. Donald H. Lough, Jr. President Mr. B. John Nelson Vice President/Treasurer Mr. Donald D. Kelso Secretary DIRECTORS: Mr. J. Raymond Adams Dr. John S. Barnett

Mr. Mark R. Berardelli Dr. Harry J. Bollback Mr. Andrew C. Brown Mr. Bob G. Brown

Mr. G. Robert Bulmer Mr. Roger L. Burdick Dr. M. Wendell Calder Mr. Kyle L. Davis Mr. Robert C. Doll, Jr. Mr. Andres N. Fernandez Paz

Mr. Cory J. Hansen Mr. Robert L. Horst Mr. Joseph J. Hunt Mr. Alex W. Konya

Rev. Philip A. Moser II Mr. Roger L. Peace, Jr. Mr. Bruce R. Peterson Mr. Jonathan H. Price Lt. Col. Walter R. Price, Ret. Mr. Brian M. Smoker Mr. Kristopher M. Stout Capt. Dane C. Swanson, USN, Ret. Mr. Ronald D. Wyrtzen

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Don’t miss out on these incredible summer camp opportunities for 2018!

DATES: June 24 – August 18 — New York June 3 – July 27 — Florida REGISTER: home.wol.org/reg TEENS: Summer Camp in New York & Florida Word of Life Island in Schroon Lake, New York is a camp exclusively for teens—with nonstop, action-packed activities like mountain biking, paintball, a ropes course and TONS of water activities. Have fun while also hearing the Gospel, making godly friendships and growing deep in your faith. Hundreds of teens make decisions for Christ each summer at The Island!

Florida Youth Camp is located just 30 minutes north of Tampa. Each week of camp is specifically designed for the age group to which it ministers. Endless activities and high-energy worship, engaging speakers, brand new friends and a connection with God like you’ve never experienced before all make for the adventure of a lifetime! Junior Camp ages 6-12 and Teen Camp ages 12-18.

FAMILY: Camp for the Whole Family! Choose from Word of Life Lodge or The Pines in Schroon Lake! These two facilities along with our Florida Conference Center offer messages from gifted speakers and musicians who will minister to you and your family as you relax and enjoy the beautiful Adirondacks. You are sure to be refreshed in body and soul.

CHILDREN/MIDDLE SCHOOL: Summer Camp The Ranch and The Wild in Schroon Lake New York are sure to be the experience of a lifetime as kids learn about the Lord against the backdrop of His creation, away from the distractions of daily life and to hear God’s Word in terms they understand from leaders who love them!


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Attendance: 2379 Dedications: 1273 Salvations: 192

LIBERIA The very first youth camp here was held December 27-31, 2017. Over 100 young people came from three local churches and nine universities. Praise the Lord, 10 trusted Christ as their Savior, and 30 made a decision of dedication! NIGERIA Camping has been the biggest highlight here with four camps and 160 trained volunteers. More than 1,200 campers attended, and over 300 made decisions to trust Christ—WOW! Their first STORM event (Sending Teens Out to Reach the Masses) was held in Jos with 4 young people who accepted Christ as their Savior. MOZAMBIQUE The December camps had 304 campers and 57 trained volunteers! We are praising the Lord for 109 salvation decisions and 97 who re- dedicated their lives to Christ. KAMPALA, UGANDA Word of Life ran community and residential camps from December 10- 17, 2017 with over 237 campers from three different charity homes. Thanks to the support of friends like YOU, 36 of these young people made a life-changing decision to follow Christ! KIGALI, RWANDA The Word of Life Rwanda office opened in mid-2017. Over 100 teenagers came to the one-week camp that was held in December— and 18 of these campers trusted in Christ as their Savior!

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Attendance: 249 Dedications: 242 Salvations: 59

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SPEAKERS Steve Richardson, President of Pioneers Kris Stout, Vice President of Word of Life International & Local Church Ministries Don Lough, Jr., Executive Director of Word of Life NEW MISSION INITIATIVE Started Word of Life in a restricted access country in Southeast Asia, equipping young people to reach their own generation. The population here is more than 50% aged 25 and younger. What an opportunity to reach youth with the Gospel! Preparations are being made concerning the best way to enter, serve and develop this area. We are believing God to do exceedingly more than what we can dream or imagine! MISSION BOARDS REPRESENTED This year’s Mission Conference was exactly what I needed. The truth is…everyone needs the Gospel, and the Gospel doesn’t stop at salvation. ~ Jon Fogle, Word of Life Bible Institute student, Florida

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11 mission boards represented at the Florida Campus 21 mission boards represented at the New York Campus OFFERINGS $6,255 cash offerings $246 in monthly support

$18,456 in faith promise pledges INVITATION RESPONSE 245 people responded to the invitation to dedicate their lives to Christ! CROSS CULTURAL INTERNSHIPS Over 80 Cross Cultural and Youth Ministry Interns were represented at these two conferences— everywhere from Argentina to Uganda!

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Memorials That Live To Serve Others

A gift to Word of Life to honor the memory of a loved one is such a thoughtful way to give tribute and also spread the Word of God around the world. For every memorial or honorary gift we receive, a letter is sent to the family of the person being remembered to let them know you care and have made a gift.

Dawna Johnson Robin Brooks Mackenzie Jane Yarosh James and Jane Mack Don and Joan Yeskoo Charles and Shirley Barto In Memory of:

Charlie Johnson Joseph and Janice Sprankle

Matthew John Waters JohnWaters Jerry Holland

Mark Hottel Family Jerry and Melissa Harrelson Gary and Donna Smith Ron and Fran Campbell Brad Campbell Charlene Hicks William and Cecelia Howell Michael Campbell Joni Horn Ruth Brown Robert and Patricia Brickel

Bob and Sue Brown Carolyn Camilleri Mr Alan Camilleri

Rawls Baptist Church A Passing Member Richfield Life Ministries Church Arthur Bodlien Jr Dale Oberly Dr Jessie Bloom Don and Brooke Kelso

Ronald and Grace Chesbro David and Priscilla Chesbro Albert and Zora Martin David and Priscilla Chesbro Cynthia Channon Howard and Catherine Mangum Verner Colby Cliff and Marion Moran John and Bernadette Galayda Ellen Eisenberg, DMD Donald and Dorothy Schwab Ann Schwab-Davis Heather Harrell Vicki McCoy LaDonna Henderson Janet Koch Steve Cuzzecrea Rick and Vi Brooks Edith Mignard Michael and Janet Mignard Doug Wright Vicki Wright Alvin Almes Sara Almes David and Marty Fricks Sara Almes

Richard E Yeskoo Mae McNamara TOPS Chapter NY – 1170 Schroon Lake

Cleide Parker LynneWhitten Mountain Valley

Bob and Sue Brown Norma Thompson Bob and Sue Brown Verdine Trotter Bob and Sue Brown Chuch Cochran Bob and Sue Brown Jellia Witschi Bob and Sue Brown Meriam Donovan

United Methodist Church

In Honor of:

John Fogle Barbara Powell

Scott and Jackie Whitener Allan and Beth Black Pat, Chrissy and Brayden Murphy James and Judy Sechrist Jeremy Rodgers Connie Adkins Harry and Susan Betham Lisa Garrett Ken and Lisa Schmidt Linda Schmidt Alex and Debbie Post Rebecca Taylor Bill and Marilyn Montie Jeffrey and Rebecca Montie Edison Davis Timothy and Rosalie Allen Cru Jacquetta Seon

Elaine Davis David Frey John Sack Donald and Arlinda Robertson Paul Frey John and Sue Ulco John and Mary Jane Martin Dale and Carol Grosvenor Richard and Murtha Kaercher Brandon and Ruth Kaercher Dorothy Lehman Lloyd and Bev Sheldon Jonathan Tyler Donald and Arlinda Robertson

Lesley Robbins Charles Singer Larry and Judith Henn Mickie McNamara Sidney and Betty Richey Ted Glann Dianne Glann Jim and Lee Wildey Dianne Glann William Bosch Karl and Debra Parker Shirley Hausfield Elsa Stone

Mirko Delibasich Kimberlee Petersen Peter Hunt DianaWilkie Charles Beasley Donna Hodges

Betty J Paschal Russ Grier Family Brian Jansen Family

If you would like to make a gift in honor or in memory of someone, please send your gift and the name of the person being remembered to: Word of Life Fellowship, P.O. Box 600, Schroon Lake, NY 12870. The amount of your gift will not be disclosed when we acknowledge it to the person’s family.

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Have you considered THE GIFT THAT GIVES BACK? A Charitable Gift Annuity is the Gift that Gives Back — it allows you to lock in a future gift to Word of Life while providing a source of fixed, lifetime payments for your own needs. These agreements have been used by people to support Word of Life for over 30 years. In fact, we’re a member of the American Council on Gift Annuities and Bob Brown, who directs our Word of Life Foundation is Chairman of the Intermission Gift Annuity Fund. All of that to say— We know gift annuities! Rates for a single life currently range from 5.1% at age 70 up to 9.0% at age 90 (two-life agreements are also available). We would love to prepare an illustration that shows how a gift annuity may meet your specific needs. These Gift Annuities provide a charitable deduction for you in the year it begins. A portion of the annual payout is tax-free, and appreciated stocks, mutual funds or bonds can also be used to fund the annuity. Only a portion of the appreciated value is subject to capital gains tax and even that portion is spread over your lifetime. The charitable gift annuity brings certainty and control within reach: ✓ Create fixed, dependable income for your needs that supplement other income; ✓ Provide a future gift certain to support ministry; and ✓ Offer attractive yields and tax advantages. Charitable gift annuities are just one of the planned giving tools offered by Word of Life to help you be a good steward of what God’s given you. Word of Life has also teamed with PhilanthroCorp to offer comprehensive gift planning services for all our friends and supporters at NO cost to you. To receive your own illustration of gift annuity benefits, call Bob Brown at the Foundation at 518.494.6205 or contact our friends at PhilanthroCorp directly at 719.955.2500.

GOD IS ALIVE — a special Gift for YOU! from co-founder Harry Bollback

“My desire is to show through these few pages that God is Alive and still actively involved in the lives of people. In the post-modern world that we live in today, the truth of God’s power and sovereignty has often been marginalized and trivialized. But it is great to know that the Gospel is still the power of God unto salvation. In this 21st Century, God has chosen to use the ‘foolishness of preaching’ to reach out and touch the hearts of people, forever changing their lives. Praise God, the Gospel still works. It works because GOD IS ALIVE!” For everyone who completes the online SURVEY at wol.is/lifelinesurvey, we’ll send you a FREE copy of Harry Bollback’s book GOD IS ALIVE —a collection of some of his favorite and best stories to remind you that God is actively involved in the lives of people.



Every summer, over 10,000 children and teens make their way to one of our camps and get to hear the Good News about Jesus Christ—some for the first time ever. Last year, thanks to friends like YOU over 1,800 young people received a special scholarship to attend camp in New York or Florida. Many of these precious young people—who never could have afforded to come to camp on their own—committed their lives to Jesus as they heard about His love in the safe, caring environment of Word of Life camp. Now they have been changed forever through the transforming power of the Gospel!

Sherry wrote to us last spring about her foster son, Randall: “Randall is a foster child in desperate need of the Lord. His biological family has only shown him a life of drugs, alcohol abuse and neglect. I have sent other foster children in the past and every one of them gave their lives to Christ while there. My prayer is that Randall will be given this opportunity also!” ~ Sherry Week 1, Day 6… Praise the Lord, look what we received a few weeks later: “I grew up not knowing what Christianity is. All I really knew was drugs, alcohol and money. Until now, that’s all I cared about. I thought of suicide most of the time. I hated life. I didn’t want to come to camp. Week 1, Day 6 is when I got saved. I want you to know, because of you, I am saved. Thank you very much.” ~ Randall

Will you help provide a scholarship for someone like Randall today? You can give on the enclosed reply here >>>>> or give online at give.wol.org/lifechange Be on the lookout for a letter about this summer’s Life Change Camper Fund and how you can help!

Lifeline is published by Word of Life Fellowship, Inc., Schroon Lake, New York, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reaching youth with the Gospel of Christ. Word of Life creates faith-defining experiences that give students and families the opportunity to encounter God and grow in their spiritual walk. Thanks to many friends and supporters over the past 75 years, Word of Life now includes camps, conference centers, Bible Institutes, and church youth ministries spanning over 70 countries. Our 1,500+ missionaries continue to reach the next generation for Christ. ©2018 Word of Life Fellowship “It is the responsibility of every generation to reach their generation for Christ.” — Jack Wyrtzen, Founder, Word of Life Please go to wol.is/lifelinesurvey to get your free copy of God Is Alive.

Word of Life Fellowship, Inc. P.O. Box 600 Schroon Lake, NY 12870

518.494.6000 www.wol.org


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