As Youth Struggle with Suicide, Drugs, Poverty and More, Apologetics Camp from Alex McFarland and Truth for a New Generation Gives Hope to Hopeless
July 29 to Aug. 2 Week at Camp Cale Will Immerse High Schoolers in Biblical Truth and Help Students Stand ‘Unashamed’ and ‘Go Deeper with God’
- By the end of 12th grade, 59% of students have “consumed more than a few sips” of alcohol, and nearly 43% of 12th-graders “reported having been drunk at least once in their life,” while among their younger 12- to 17-year-old classmates, 9.9% drank alcohol in the past month. Likewise, teen marijuana use has increased 10-fold since 1991.
- New research shows that the youth suicide rate in America is at its highest rate since the government began collecting data in 1960, with the suicide rate of young men increasing sharply in the past several years and suicides among girls and young women have roughly doubled between 2000 and 2017.
- Nearly one in five U.S. adolescents, or 18%, live below the poverty line, which is higher for children in single-parent families. Poverty has negative consequences, including lower academic outcomes, behavioral or emotional problems, and unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking and early sexual activity.
GREENSBORO, N.C.—It’s no secret that America’s youth are facing significant challenges, from alcohol and drug use to suicide and poverty.
Religion and culture expert, author and radio host Dr. Alex McFarland says the hopelessness that either leads to or results from these habits and situations is an epidemic for young Americans. And the hope of Christ is the only answer.
For this reason, McFarland has dedicated his life to evangelizing youth and talking with tens of thousands of young people each year about giving their lives to Christ. Through Truth for a New Generation Ministries, made possible in part by Liberty University, the nationally known apologist is hosting a special, weeklong intensive youth camp where they can learn to stand “Unashamed” for Christ.
“Today’s young people are facing a hopelessness that few generations before them have grappled with,” McFarland said. “Constant media messages create an overwhelming environment, and our youth are caught between a lost childhood and being forced into many adult situations. For those who have a solid family structure, Christian friends and a healthy support system, these challenges still exist and can make simply growing up seem extremely daunting. For those who do not have those supports in place, this stage of life can seem downright hopeless. We hope to impart that only Christ gives hope—not social media, hundreds of online friends, wealth, popularity or success. Our true hope comes from the Savior alone, and Truth for a New Generation events, including the upcoming ‘Unashamed’ apologetics camp, has the ultimate goal to share that unwavering truth.”
At the end of this month, McFarland will work to reach young people in a powerful way during the Truth for a New Generation “Unashamed” Youth Camp. Set for July 29 through Aug. 2 at Camp Cale in Hertford, North Carolina, the camp for ninth- through 12th-graders will allow high-schoolers to invest five days to “Go Deeper with God.”
Participants will attend apologetics and Christian worldview sessions; enjoy excellent camp facilities and activities, such as a ropes course, kayaking and more; worship through music and connect through small group mentoring; as well as make lifelong memories.
Besides McFarland, daily worship and teaching will be led by Meeke Addison, American Family Radio host of “Urban Family Talk” and a pro-family activist; Andy Lawrenson, a student and ministry teams pastor; and Daniel Ritchie, speaker and author of “My Affliction for His Glory.” For more information or to register for the Youth Apologetics Camp, click here.
Through Truth for a New Generation, McFarland also hosts national and regional conferences that aim to help students, parents, youth pastors and community members lift up this young generation, pray for them and empower them to stand strong in their faith.
View the media page for Alex McFarland here. For more information on Dr. Alex McFarland, visit www.AlexMcFarland.com or follow him on Facebook or on Twitter @AlexMcFarland. For more on the Truth for a New Generation conferences, visit www.TruthforaNewGeneration.com, or follow TNG on Twitter @TruthforaNewGen or Facebook.