By Colin Kearney
Editor’s note. The following essay was written by a participant in Camp Joshua Virginia 2014. Camp Joshua Virginia is sponsored by the Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL). Colin is a rising junior.
Camp Joshua 2014 was my third Camp Joshua and I can honestly say that I get more out of it every year. Not only has it provided me with another opportunity to hear amazing testimonies by equally amazing speakers, but also to connect with a group of about seventy teens who I know I can count on for support through even the hardest of ordeals as we fight together to end abortion.
When I think about Camp Joshua I don’t think of it as some random camp where I spend a weekend, eat lots of food, sit in on some classes, and do what you would do in any ordinary camp. Instead, if I were asked to describe a weekend at Camp Joshua, my reply would be something along the lines of “It’s this awesome pro-life camp that consists of and hosts the most amazing and inspiring group of people that I could ever hope to meet.” In the course of a single weekend I got to meet more people who I now call friends, bros and fellow pro-lifers then I have met anywhere else in the past year!
Then there’s the message that were fighting for, the pro-life message. To be able to fight for anything is fantastic, and to know that what you’re fighting for is the truth makes it all the more amazing. But to think that what you’re fighting for is in fact the lives of unborn, yet fully living and fully human babies, it make our fight all the more awesome and amazing! And even if you know absolutely nothing about the pro-life ministry, by the time the weekend is over you’ll have enough facts, ideas, and knowledge to go out and to make a difference and to change people minds and hearts about this issue.
More than anything else though this year’s camp brought up an essential point that we often tend to overlook; and that is that now that we have attended this awesome camp, we must now put our knowledge to use and to go out and make our mark in the pro-life movement, to end the greatest injustice that our generation has ever known. Therefore I would like to take this opportunity to most sincerely thank the Camp Joshua volunteer team, and all the speakers, for their most generous contribution of both their time and knowledge that have given us the inspiration and the knowledge that we need to go out and become pro-life leaders.
For more information about Camp Joshua VA visit www.campjoshuava.org