- Word Of Life
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Word of Life Fellowship, Inc. is an international Christian youth ministry headquartered in Schroon Lake, in the
Adirondack Mountainsregion of New York. Its presence in the United Statesconsists of two Bible institutes, located in Schroon Lake, New Yorkand Hudson, Florida, and a campsite in California.
Word of Life was established in
1940by Jack Wyrtzen. Wyrtzen began with a radio ministry targeted at Christian youth. Today, Word of Life has active youth ministry operations in over 50 countries and is involved in a wide variety of activities such as youth camps, Bible clubs, evangelistic campaigns, and radio ministry.
Word of Life is an evangelical ministry founded on Long Island in the 1930s. The founder, Jack Wyrtzen, began as a street preacher on Long Island. By 1940, he owned a camp and conference center in Schroon Lake in Essex County, just north of Pottersville. The Bible Institute was founded in 1971 and, according to the church’s Web site, 695 missionaries work in 46 countries.
Word of Life Overseas claims to administer to over 1,150 missionaries working in more than 60 countries on six continents. In
North America, the largest branch outside the United States is in Canada. In South America, the two largest branches are located in Argentinaand Brazil. In Europe, the largest branch is in Portugal, and in the Asia-Pacific region, the largest is in Australia. Africahas five small branches in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, and South Africa.
Word of Life Canada operates summer camps, [ [http://www.wol.ca/camps Word of Life Canada website] ] snow camps, [ [http://www.wol.ca/camps Word of Life Canada website] ] Bible Institutes, [ [http://www.wolbi.ca Word of Life Canada Bible Institutes] ] and Bible Clubs [ [http://www.wol.ca/lcm Word of Life Canada Local Church Ministries] ] in both English and French [ [http://www.wol.ca/pdv/ Word of Life Canada] ] from their properties in Owen Sound,
Ontario, and Sherbrooke, Quebec.
Word of Life Local Church Ministries offers Bible study for children and teens in over 80 Bible Clubs in the provinces of
New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Ontario, Manitobaand Saskatchewan. Conferences and training seminars for leaders are held throughout the year. Sporting events are also used as evangelistic opportunities.
Word of Life Argentina began in 1971. In 1972, a convert|30|acre|km2 camp property was purchased in San Miguel del Monte, a small town about convert|62|mi|km from
Word of Life Argentina (known in Argentina as "Palabra de Vida, Argentina") serves as the hub for Word of Life's Spanish-speaking ministries in
Latin Americaand the Caribbean. A Bible Institute campus serves students from all over the world and doubles as a youth camp in the summer.
Word of Life Brazil (known in Brazil as "Palavra da Vida, Brasil"), founded in 1957, was the first international outreach of Word of Life Fellowship. The first youth camp was held in Atibaia the following year. The ministry is based near
The ministry also has several other locations in Brazil. A center in Recife consists of a youth camping program, a one-year Bible Institute, and various evangelistic outreaches. A youth camp has been established in Curitiba. The Porto Alegre team recently initiated the Word of Life Bible Club program in local churches, regularly ministers in public schools, and is developing a youth camp property. A center opened in Belem in 1989 and includes a Christian Day School, a camp and retreat facility, and a Missionary Training Institute where students are trained to minister to the Amazon people who are accessible only by boat. A sixth ministry location has opened in the Gioas area with a conference center complex and plans to develop a youth camp.
Word of Life Portugal began in 1976. The organization has a property near the town of
Ericeira, in the municipality of Mafra, about 35 km (22 mi) northwest of Lisbon.
Word of Life Portugal dedicates itself to church and outreach ministries and uses its property for annual summer camps.
Word of Life purchased a property of approximately convert|150|acre|km2 north of
Sydneyin 1970. A camp ministry and Bible College were established.
In 2004 the property was sold because of diminishing numbers in camp attendance and no Bible College registrations. There was some opposition to the sale. Requests were made to international headquarters in Schroon Lake, New York, that the property not be sold. Word of Life approved the sale of the property.
Other international ministries
Word of Life also has ministries in the following countries, as of 2006:
Papua New Guinea
The organization currently maintains 45 camps in 52 countries.
Word of Life's convert|48|acre|km2 island in the middle of Schroon Lake, called The Rock, provides week-long camps for teens ages 14-19.
The Family Campground provides ministry to entire families. It offers facilities for tents, RVs, and travel trailers as well as lake view cabins and fully furnished cottages. The camp offers Bible study programs and activities including swimming, miniature golf, basketball, volleyball, badminton, and tennis.
West Coast Camp is located near
Lassen Peakin northern California. The facility has activities such as swimming, volleyball, basketball, go karts, and crafts.
* [http://www.wol.org Official website]
** [http://www.palabradevida.org.ar Word of Life Argentina]
** [http://www.wol.ca Word of Life Canada]
** [http://www.wdl.de Word of Life Germany]
** [http://www.opv.org.br Word of Life Brazil]
** [http://www.palavradavida.pt Word of Life Portugal]
** [http://www.wol.org.au Word of Life Australia]
** [http://www.eletszava.org Word of Life Hungary]
** [http://www.wolkorea.org Word of Life Korea]
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