WESTMINSTER - In an age when young people are often troubled by problems such as low self-esteem, drug abuse, alcoholism and crime, Dot Warehime believes she can offer a solution.
That answer is the Children's Bible Ministry of Maryland Inc., a sort of Sunday school-on-wheels that brings Bible study to children who wouldn't otherwise have access to church teaching.
"If we don't reach them with the Gospel, I fear what the future will be," said Warehime, a Westminster resident who is Maryland director for the ministry.
The Children's Bible Ministry, an interdenominational program, was organized in 1984, Warehime said. During the past year, about 5,600 children in Maryland participated in the ministry's activities.
Those activities include:
* Weekly, one-hour Bible study sessions -- called Glad News Clubs -- that meet in area homes. There are eight clubs in Carroll, Warehime said, with about 10 members each.
* The mobile Children's Chapel, a "church on wheels" that Warehime brings to carnivals and other events throughout Carroll.
Youngsters watch films and receive Bible-related material in the miniature church, which will be parked this year at the Carroll 4-H/FFA Fair at the Agriculture Center in Westminster.
* The weeklong Mountain View Bible Camp, in Manchester, conducted by Warehime each summer with the help of student counselors. The camp provides children with crafts, music, outdoor activities and Bible study.
There also are follow-up programs aimed at getting youngsters involved in local churches where Bible study is taught.
Warehime, known as "Miss Dot" to her young students, has been involved with directing Bible study for children for 24 years.
"I feel this is what the Lord wants me to do," she said with a smile. "I wouldn't want to spend my life any other way."
Among the ministry's most popular events, Warehime said, are Outdoor Clubs, conducted throughout the summer.
The club sessions are informal lawn gatherings that last about an hour a day for one week. Neighborhood children are invited to enjoy games, drills, songs and missionary stories, as well as Bible lessons.
Warehime conducts the club sessions with the help of two student missionaries, typically high school seniors. The students, who also serve as counselors at the Bible camp, receive a week's training before the clubs begin.
One recent club session was conducted on Warehime's lawn, and was a big hit with the 12 youngsters who took part.
"I'll be back tomorrow," said Tim Ruby, 9, a neighborhood resident and son of Dorothy and Richard Ruby. "I liked the games and stories."
The student counselors said they get as much enjoyment out of the clubs as the children do.
"Doing the Lord's work is the best thing you can do with your summer," said Rich ard Newell, 18, of Georgetown, Del. "The kids look up to me, and I can be a good influence."
Westminster resident Jessica Robinson, 20, agreed. She was a counselor last year, and enjoyed it so much she's back this summer.
"I was nervous when I started last year, but it got easier," said Robinson, a student at Pensacola Christian College. "I decided to come back because I saw kids get saved. They were receptive and listening."
Another favorite of youngsters is the Bible Line, Warehime said.
Children can call to hear a Bible-related story and leave a message at the end to receive brochures.
There are three Carroll churches -- Clearfield Bible, Winfield Bible and Westminster Reformed Presbyterian -- that support the ministry. Warehime's church, Arlington Baptist Church, in Catonsville, Baltimore County, is the ministry's leading financial contributor.
Other Carroll residents involved with Children's Bible Ministry include Ken Parrish, treasurer of the ministry.
Information: 876-1274; Bible Line: 876-1293.