Camp Joshua 2014

It's hard to believe that two weeks ago today, Camp Joshua hadn't started yet! Like last year, we had a great group of passionate young high school students eager to learn more about how they can stand for life in their communities. We were all impressed with how experienced and knowledgeable our 2014 campers were; m
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Our 2014 campers!

any of them had received previous pro-life training or had spent time ministering at abortion facilities. Others had volunteered at pregnancy resource centers and helped with retreats for post-abortive women. It was such a pleasure working with them! Even though the students already knew a lot about abortion, we still worked them hard. Our 48-hour camp was packed with classroom lectures, educational activities, and lots of time for fun! We taught them the basic facts about abortion, euthanasia, and stem cell research, as well as some useful skills for effectively sharing what they learned with the world. One speaker described how a counselling session at a pregnancy care center works, while another, Hannah Rose Allen, shared her story of how abortion impacted her life.
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Hard at work.

Hannah Rose's story especially resonated with the teenagers. During her testimony, Hannah Rose explained how she grew up pro-life, but when a string of bad decisions left her unexpectedly pregnant at 19, she turned to abortion to solve her problem. She emphasized the need for young people to truly understand and embrace the pro-life message as their own so that they will be able to defend themselves and the unborn. In their evaluations, many of the campers wrote that her story changed they way they thought about abortion; it had never occurred to them that a pro-life teenager could fall into such a dark place. Many reported that Hannah Rose's testimony helped them to understand the terrible impact abortion has on someone, but also how a frightened young woman might seek one out regardless of her beliefs. Hopefully her story will inspire greater zeal for the pro-life mission as well as greater compassion for those struggling with the abortion decision. Because the topics covered at Camp Joshua are intense, we are sure to break up the time with plenty of fun activities! The students had a pro-life movie night, performed skits using the skills they'd learned, and decorated our classroom with colorful posters. Other games like Pro-Life Jeopardy! and human bingo were also in the lineup. Despite all our planned activities, however, the campers quickly adopted their own "official" Camp Joshua game: Animal Call. Rather than trying to explain it, you can watch how it's played here. Short Journey Center echoed with their claps and laughter all weekend long! Each of our campers filled out an evaluation form with their thoughts about the camp. Not only did they all say that Camp Joshua NC was an overall wonderful weekend, they also left us with lots of feedback about what they liked or thought needed improvement. Their thoughts will be invaluable in the planning of next year's camp. We're so excited to continue building our Camp Joshua program and to educate more young pro-life leaders in the years to come!

NRL Convention Just One Month Away

The 44th Annual National Right to Life Convention is only a month away, but it's not too late to register! Join friends from all over the country in Louisville, Kentucky, from June 26-28 for the pro-life educational event of the year! This year's speakers include National Right to Life President Carol Tobias; Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor-at-large of The National Review Online; Bobby Schindler, executive director of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network; and many more! Registration is now open, with many different rates to choose from (adult, senior, student, couple, etc). Teenagers who would enjoy learning more about pro-life issues are also welcome to attend, as the Teens for Life Convention meets at the same time. For families with small children, complete childcare services are available. Special events, such as the Prayer Breakfast and Closing "Stand for Life!" Banquet, require additional tickets. home-hdr-img4 Visit the convention website for more information!

Academy Deadline Extended!

It's not too late! College students interested in receiving an outstanding education from the leaders of the pro-life movement still have time to apply to the National Right to Life Academy. blog_academyThe NRL Academy is a five week summer program located in Washington, D.C., at National Right to Life's headquarters. Students spend their days studying with the country's experts on abortion, euthanasia, and medical ethics; by completing the course, students can earn three college credits through the Franciscan University of Steubenville's Human Life Studies program. Although the Academy's curriculum is challenging, the summer is not without fun! Attendees have ample time in the evenings and on the weekends to explore the city and visit its many attractions. Best of all? You're guaranteed to make solid pro-life friendships with people from all over the country. North Carolina has had the privilege of sending a total of five students to the NRL Academy since its founding in 2007. This is, in part, due to the Scholarship for Life, a full-tuition scholarship for one NC student each year. Still need convincing? Here's what some of our graduates have to say about the Academy: "This summer has reaffirmed and strengthened my knowledge and hope of the pr-life movement. I have made connections that I will cherish for a lifetime. I am truly blessed to be chosen to this lifetime opportunity." -Will Moore, 2013 "The Academy has made me more aware of how much we have accomplished in the movement and how much work that needs to be done. It renewed my enthusiasm to protect the vulnerable among us." -Teresa Pincus, 2012 "My five weeks at the Academy gave me a greatly expanded knowledge about various life issues, but more importantly, I learned how to effectively implement that knowledge by practicing lobbying, debating, and giving speeches. I still use these important skills in discussions today.... The Academy is a place where pro-life students can meet each other and form lasting friendships in support for life." -Sarah Urdzik, 2012 To apply to the Academy, simply send in the form found here. Then, fill out the Scholarship for Life application and inform our office of your interest in attending the Academy.