BATON ROUGE – Nearly 51 million babies in the United States were legally aborted between the years 1973 and 2008, according to government statistics. The number aborted in the United States has held steady at about 1.2 million in 2005, ’06, ’07 and ’08.
In 2008, Louisiana Right to Life, Louisiana Students for Life and the Knights of Columbus came together to bring those statistics down by training a new generation of pro-life “Joshua’s.” The result was the first-ever, weekendlong, Louisiana Camp Joshua (LCJ) in Baton Rouge in 2008 to train high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to be pro-life leaders.
“After witnessing and being a part of this weekend, watching the students bond, and hearing some of the discussions from the small groups, I am convinced our future is bright,” said Vince Whittington, Louisiana Camp Joshua chairman. “I believe that we still have a long way
to go in the pro-life movement, but this generation of young men and women are going to be the ones to get it done.”
After 35 students participated in LCJ’s first year, and about 90 its second year, Louisiana Camp Joshua this year added a second location in Lake Charles. The Baton Rouge and Lake Charles camps together trained 150 new students to take the message of life to their community.
For more about Louisiana Camp Joshua, visit www.CampJoshua.org.
Also new this year is the Joshua Leadership Institute. It’s set for July 11-16 in Baton Rouge. It “takes Louisiana Camp Joshua to the next level,” Whittington said. It’s for high school juniors and seniors, and college freshmen. Attendance at Camp Joshua isn’t a prerequisite, but it is recommended, the camp chairman added.
“Neither Louisiana Camp Joshua nor the Joshua Leadership Institute are religious or
Bible camps,” Whittington said. “The Old Testament Joshua is simply used as a model of youth leadership and courage.