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!

Fourteen Ways to be Pro-Life for Summer ’14

Happy Summer! How are you going to celebrate? Beach trips, cookouts, and time with friends and family are great ways to spend the warmer months, but it’s also a good time to get more involved in your community. We’ve put together a list of fourteen things you can do to make a difference in the pro-life movement this summer. Enjoy!
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1. Join a chapter (or start one!)
Did you know there are local chapters on NCRTL all over the state? Becoming a member is a great way to stay involved with North Carolina’s pro-life activities. If there isn’t a chapter in your area, consider starting one!
 2. Donate
 Yes, your money does make a difference! Donations to NCRTL’s Education Fund are tax deductible and help us spread the pro-life message across the state.  Alternately, pregnancy centers are always in need of new or gently used baby clothes and items, as well as diapers and formula. Look in the phonebook under “Abortion Alternatives” to find one in your area.  If you do not need a tax deduction, you should give to the fund that helps NC Right to Life advocate for pro-life legislation both in DC and Raleigh. You can even contribute directly towards our youth outreach program, Camp Joshua.
3. Volunteer
The gift of your time is always welcome! Pregnancy centers are often in need of volunteers to counsel expectant mothers, sort through donations, answer the phone, or do some light cleaning.
Teenagers are passionate about the pro-life movement, and our summer camp is a great way for them to be involved! Your high school students will come home educated and inspired to be pro-life leaders in their communities.  Registration is open at campjoshuanc.org. College students and young adults who are interested in being counselors for the weekend should contact Erin at ncrtl.erin@gmail.com.
5. Be an Advertisement
Sometimes you only have to walk out the door to make an impact. Put on your favorite pro-life T-shirt or precious feet pin, or maybe slap a bumper sticker on your car. If you don’t have any pro-life paraphernalia, contact our office and we’ll see what we can do!
6.  Use Social Media Following North Carolina Right to Life on Twitter and Pinterest, “liking” us on Facebook, and reading our blog take just minutes and are easy ways to show support, receive updates, and stay informed.
7. Read the News
Stay updated with what's going on in the pro-life world. Just because the mainstream media doesn't cover a story doesn't mean it's unimportant. National Right to Life News Today is a great place to find relevant news about subjects that matter.
8. Pray
If you do nothing else this summer, pray for the safety of the unborn, their mothers, and the elderly. Pray for an end to abortion and the culture of death. Pray for the men and women who work in the abortion facilities and the men and women affected by abortion. Do it at home, at church, at the abortion facility, in the car. For regular intentions, sign up for Prayer Partners for Life.
9. Speak Up
Don’t be shy about having conversations about pro-life issues. Many people are genuinely interested in hearing the pro-life perspective even if they disagree with it. Keep your conversations friendly and factual, and remember that you’re a voice for the voiceless. How can we change hearts and minds if we are afraid to speak up? If you’re unsure of what to say, check out number 10.
10. Educate Yourself
It’s okay if you’re not an expert on fetal development or the problems with assisted suicide, but make sure you understand the basics. There are many great resources online to help you brush up on your pro-life know how. Check out NCRTL’s education page or visit National Right to Life’s website and browse the “Issue Info” section. These are both great places to start or broaden your pro-life education.
11. Educate Others
Write letters to the editor, post to your Facebook page, pin a link, or retweet about a timely pro-life topic.   You can find information at any of the resources mentioned in this list.
12.  Help Those in Need
Do you have an elderly neighbor who could use a hand with the yard work or a ride to the grocery store? The elderly in nursing homes oftentimes have no one to visit them, so check with your local nursing home to find out which residents need a visit. Maybe there’s a young mom at your church who could use an extra pair of hands at the park or a homemade meal in her freezer.  Being pro-life should be reflected in how we care for people of all ages!
13. Love Your Kids and Your Parents
We live in a culture that doesn’t always value children or the elderly, so it’s important that families act as witnesses to the beauty and value of life. Loving families can have profound effects on the culture. Show your kids you love them for who they are, and teach them the value of life. Care for your elderly parents so that your children will learn from you the value of every life even in the later years when our bodies and minds are failing us.
14. Love life!
If you don’t love life, how will you convince someone else to?
Editor's Note: This is an updated version of a similar list printed last summer.

Registration for Camp Joshua is Open!

Registration for our second annual Camp Joshua, held at the Short Journey Retreat Center in Smithfield, is now open! What is Camp Joshua? Quite simply, an exciting pro-life weekend camp for high school students! At Camp Joshua, we train teens to be pro-life leaders now and in the future. We know that college-age women are the largest demographic receiving abortions, and it's essential that we teach our teens what being pro-life means, why being pro-life is important, and how they can be effective pro-life leaders in their communities. In short, they need to be able to defend their pro-life beliefs. Our goal is to teach the basic facts of pro-life issues like abortion and euthanasia, as well as the skills to communicate these facts well. As our website says, "Just as Joshua brought down the walls of Jericho, the young men and women of Camp Joshua will lead their generation in bringing down the walls of the culture of death. They will be Be Joshua to our world in need." So what can you do to help these young leaders-in-training?
  • Promote! Do you attend a school, church, or homeschool group that would be willing to send students to Camp Joshua? Promoting our camp in your community is a great way to help us expand this awesome program. We can provide posters, flyers, and even a speaker!
  • Attend! Send your teens to Camp Joshua! They'll learn a lot, make new friends, and have a wonderful time. We're also in need of college-aged volunteers to help as counselors at the camp.
  • Donate! Unfortunately, camps don't run themselves, and your generous donations ensure that we can continue this program now and in the future. All funds raised go towards student scholarships, basic materials like binders and T-shirts, and overhead administrative expenses.
If you have any questions about Camp Joshua, our mission, the camp schedule, or how to be more involved, please don't hesitate to contact Erin at ncrtl.erin@gmail.com.
Camp Joshua 2014 will be July 18-20 in Smithfield, NC. Cost is $95 per student, which includes food and lodging, materials, and a T-shirt. 

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.