Vision statement: “To provide an opportunity for Christian youth to be inspired and motivated in their Christian walk by being educated in a Biblical worldview and being prepared to intelligently defend their faith.”
Our vision for WAY Camp is to Inspire Christian young people to live intentional Christian lives as leaders or influencers wherever God places them in His Kingdom.
We want to Inspire Christian young people to live these intentional Christian lives by Equipping them with a Biblical worldview and with the tools they need to defend their faith and to contend for the faith.
It has been said that a person who does not know what he believes and why, over against what he does not believe and why, will always be led by those who do.
Christian leaders or influencers must know what they believe and why over against what they do NOT believe and why.
Youth are not too young to be leaders. But today, almost all of them are being led – influenced – by people and values and beliefs that are hostile to Biblical Christianity and God’s truth.
Youth are idealistic and zealous. Youth is the time for doing great exploits. The Communists focused their recruitment on teens as young as 16-years-old, and even 15 years of age. On the other hand, too many of us in the Church fear zeal, and douse the enthusiasm of our youth.
We don’t need to look to the Communists to understand the nature or character of youth. Take a look at First John, chapter 2. In verses 12-14, John writes:
“I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, dear children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.“
Notice the characteristics that John highlights for young men: “I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. … I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.”
Young men are in that time of life – and spiritual growth – when they are engaged in the most intense conflicts of their lives against their and God’s enemies: sin, Satan and worldly principles. This is the time of life for great exploits. This is the time in life when safety and security give way to risk and courage.
And what about young women? You can learn a lot about young women from Proverbs 31. The section on the wife of noble character begins at verse 10: “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.”
What does a wife have to do with a young woman? Maybe more than people today think. But we all know that a woman does not automatically become noble on her wedding day. Genuine nobility is a character trait with deep, deep roots; it’s a characteristic that takes many years of training and habit to cultivate. Nobility implies discipline, maturity, strength. And it’s impossible to develop sustained discipline and strength of character without a clear vision, single-mindedness and an outward looking, goal-oriented spirit of duty and service.
This is the kind of woman presented in Proverbs 31. A woman of industry and prudence. An entrepreneurial and resourceful woman. A disciplined and selfless woman. A healthy and hardy woman. A charitable and wise woman. A strategic and growth-oriented woman. A woman who fears the LORD.
Proverbs 31: 13, 15-18, 20, 22, 25-27: “She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”
All people need a faith and a vision, a reason for living and a reason, if necessary, for dying. But young men need such a faith and vision more than anybody else, and if they don’t find it in Christ and Christianity, they will look elsewhere – and they are today as statistics show the tragic number of young men and women who walk away from the Church and from their Christian faith when they leave home and go away to university or college.
Training in Biblical worldview, apologetics and leadership provides a solid foundation for your teen – your young adult – to stand firm in his or her faith, to persevere in the face of opposition and ridicule, and to live a proactive and intentional Christian life.
That kind of zeal and commitment not only Inspires the young man or young woman, it also Inspires their parents…
Visit our WAY (Worldview & Apologetics Youth) Camp website to learn more about this Biblical worldview youth camp.