Nearly 60 high school and college students from Louisiana gathered at Camp Istrouma in Baton Rouge over the weekend to learn more about becoming pro-life leaders in their schools and communities.
Students and leaders discussed the issues of abortion, women’s resources, pro-life persuasion training, legislation, activism at Homeschool, High School and College campuses, and a scientific perspective on chastity. While these discussions built the foundation for knowledge, logic, and practical action, the final session included testimonies from women impacted by abortion, illustrating that discussing abortion not only calls for logic, but also compassion.
The group also visited Women’s New Life Center in Baton Rouge, and students took tours of the facility in small groups while the others prayed outside of Delta Abortion Clinic.
Throughout the weekend, students grew in fellowship and enjoyed beautiful weather, Camp Istrouma’s canoes, as well as open fields for ultimate frisbee and other outdoor activities. Along with the famous PULSE Coffeehouse and Talent Show, there was a bonfire after-party along the lakeside, and students were able to enjoy some quality time, s’mores, and campfire songs with their newfound pro-life friends from all over the state.
Each student was commissioned as a Pro-Life Leader and made commitments to spread the pro-life message in their own communities.
We look forward to seeing many of these students return and bring friends to PULSE Immersion Weekend in Covington, March 23 – 25 and PULSE Leadership Institute in Baton Rouge, June 18 – 22.
What students had to say:
Matthew Fontenot of Mamou: “My favorite parts were the speakers’ personal and deeply touching stories about abortion, and how it affected their lives. And how 1/3 of the room was asked to stand up to represent 1/3 of our generation which is missing due to abortion. Another thing that really stood out to me was my small group experience; how those who were new to PULSE were so vocal about the pro-life cause, and shared amazing stories about subjects such as abortion, adoption and the like.”
Virginia Seymour of Jeanerette: “Every time I go to PULSE I learn something new. Most of my friendships have been made through PULSE. It’s incredible to be surrounded by so many people who are passionate about the same cause. You’re guaranteed to learn something new and make new friends! This was my favorite PULSE weekend by far. The way the information and presentations were given made it so much easier to absorb.”
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