Ariel New Zealand (a branch of Ariel Ministries USA) has an established scholarship fund for two or three New Zealanders to attend the six-week Bible study programme at Camp Shoshanah in upstate New York from early July to mid-August 2019.
About Camp Shoshanah
Ariel Ministries USA is a Jewish ministry dedicated to sharing the gospel with Jewish people and to discipling both Jew and Gentile believers through an intensive study of the Scriptures from the Jewish frame of reference in its original context.
Every summer for the past 45 years, Ariel Ministries has welcomed students of all ages from many countries to join them for their Messianic discipleship programme held at Camp Shoshanah. It is nestled in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York and provides the perfect setting for six-weeks of rich Bible study, fellowship and fun. Their programme centres on the grounding and growth of believers through in-depth study of the Scriptures from a Jewish perspective. The time of Bible study combined with worship, fellowship, and the beautiful surroundings, makes Camp Shoshanah’s summer programme the perfect retreat for refreshment, renewal and growth of one’s faith.
Terms and Conditions
Who can apply?
- The applicant must be a New Zealander (a citizen or permanent resident) at least 18 years of age.
- The applicant needs to be a serious student of the Scriptures, wanting to learn more about the Jewish frame of reference.
- The applicant should be available to attend the entire six-week programme. If you cannot attend all six weeks but would still like to apply, please explain your reasons and these will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- The applicant must be ‘a member of good standing’ in a local church and either looking to be or already is involved in their local church and/or another Christian ministry.
- We particularly encourage those who through participation see this experience as supplementing their work for the Lord.
- Previous Ariel NZ Camp Shoshanah Scholarship recipients are not eligible to apply.
All eligible applications will be considered by the Ariel NZ Camp Shoshanah Scholarship Committee who will make a final recommendation to the Board.
The following application and selection process will be undertaken:
- Each applicant will submit an application online by clicking the application button at the bottom of the page. Their application should include the following:
- Ariel NZ Scholarship Application form
- Two References that include at a minimum:
- A supporting reference from their local church leader (pastor or elder); and
- A reference ideally from within the Christian community but could be from an employer, teacher, etc.
- Applications must be received no later than 5 pm on Friday 16 November 2018. No late applications will be considered.
- Interviews will be undertaken with potential recipients either by phone, Skype, or face-to-face to determine final suitability.
- Final recommendations will be submitted to the Board with notification to successful recipients by mid-December 2018.
The scholarship covers:
- 50% camp fees covering tuition/accommodation/meals
- Partial payment of travel costs to a maximum of NZ$1,500.00
All final decisions are at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee.
A spouse and/or children who wish to accompany a successful applicant would bear their own full cost of travel and camp fees. However, family members can apply for their own scholarships which will be assessed on their own merit.
Throughout the years, our Messianic Jewish Studies Program has been growing. We now offer a six-week program teaching various Bible topics and courses from a Messianic Jewish Perspective. There is a two-week curriculum followed by a three-week curriculum, followed by a one week course on the Life of Messiah from a Jewish Perspective.
You may attend for one to six weeks depending on your schedule. Students are encouraged to attend all six weeks of the program if their schedule allows.
The Program Breakdown
Classes begin on Monday morning and end on Friday evening. During the first two weeks, the program will run four hours per day. During the remaining four weeks, the program will run five hours per day. The structure of the program will include four classes, each an hour long per day for both two and three-week programs. The three-week program has a required fifth session for first-time attendees: The Survey of the Life of Messiah, which runs for 75 minutes each day. The six-week program will also run for five hours a day giving a complete detailed study of Messiah’s life.
A youth program is provided during the adult sessions. We have designed our schedule for the maximum teaching time during the day while allowing ample time for fun and fellowship. The afternoons and weekends allow plenty of free time for worship, fellowship, hiking and recreation at Trout Pond, as well as various other activities located nearby.
Each Friday evening we have a special Shabbat service and dinner. Saturday is a free day for campers who will continue their study and a departure day for those who are leaving. On Sunday mornings, we gather for a time of worship led by Ariel staff members and students. If you play a musical instrument, please bring it along to share with us. Saturday and Sunday evenings are reserved for lakeside cookouts with music, dance, and fellowship.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH (UP TO AGE 17):
Serious Bible education is required for our youth. While opportunities for good fun abound, first and foremost the Shoshanah facility is a Discipleship Program. During adult classes, we will conduct Bible teaching and a recreation program for children ages. Topics will mirror the adult program topics.
Accommodations include cabins for married couples and families; separate bunkhouses for single men and single women, and campgrounds (tent, camper, or RV). All accommodations are available on a first-come, first-served basis, giving early registrants preference regarding dates of attendance. You may also commute from one of the local motels (contact Camp Shoshanah for a list). Pets are NOT permitted.
MEALS AT FACILITY:
Meals include breakfast, lunch and dinner. Please plan to arrive after 2 pm on Saturday. The first meal for new arrivals will be the evening cookout. Please Note: Attendees are not permitted to prepare their own meals nor is food allowed in the cabins, nor use the kitchen facilities for any purpose.
A refrigerator is provided in the dining hall for those attendees who have special needs. Anything that will be stored in the refrigerator in the Dining Hall designated “Student Fridge” MUST be put in a covered plastic box (obtained from the Office) and CLEARLY labelled.
Tyndale Seminary Course Credit
You can receive Bible school or seminary credit for classes taken at Shoshanah. Tyndale Seminary is offering one hour of course credit, graduate or undergraduate for every 10-12 hours of study at our Camp Shoshanah Discipleship Program, up to three credit hours.
For information on obtaining credit, please contact Josh Bailey at by email at email@example.com.
You may send your course completion information to Josh Bailey at Tyndale Seminary – 6800 Manhattan Blvd Ste 200 – Ft. Worth, TX 76120.
Camp Scholarship Fund
Why not sponsor a friend, pastor, or missionary? You can donate to the camp scholarship fund and help those otherwise unable to come be with us.
Churches can give an appreciation gift by sending their pastor and family to camp for a week or more. Invest in the leadership you love. The deep Messianic scriptural understanding they gain will, in turn, be a blessing to the congregation and the lives of those they teach and touch. Ariel’s Program of Messianic Jewish Studies is an investment that pays eternal dividends.