Would you be able to call me really quickly?

Christian camps in PA, Christian Retreat Centers in PA, Christian Retreats in PA

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director

Would you be able to call me really quickly?

Just last week, I received those words in a text from one of our collegiate summer staff members.

I was in the midst of several things, but the text was urgent enough that I made it an immediate priority and gave him a call. 

“Hi Sam, this is Aaron. You wanted me to call. What’s up?”

What he said was not what I expected.

“I am so thankful for the scripture memory that I learned at Joy El! It is like I have big sword with me where ever I go. I learned how to get in the Word and prayer in the morning, I am so thankful that I learned that at camp.

“Often I am in Bible studies and they preach about the sovereignty of God, but there is no equipping.   I feel like I have a huge weapon in God’s word, it’s like I’m driving a tank against the enemy. I am so thankful for the equipping I got at summer camp”

I couldn’t agree more. God’s word is powerful (Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:16, Psalm 119:89, Jeremiah 20:9; Joshua 1:8).  I am excited to see that Sam is using what we taught him while serving as a counselor (for two summers) and as the Adventure Village coordinator this past summer. It is core to a Joy El experience Five Years in the Making.

Upcoming Events:

Momentum Youth retreats (Grades 6- 9 and 6 - 12)

Father/Son retreat (Boys Grades 1 – 12)

Energizer Retreat  (Grades 2-5)

Tools to equip you in your faith:

Got 7 minutes for God?

Praying to Change the World

How to Plan a Daily Quiet Time 

Remember the Morning Watch

10 Tips for Memorizing Bible Verses

Joy El Camps and Retreats, provides Christian camps and retreats in PA and is a retreat centers in pa since 1974. Our focus on making disciples is seen in the Released Time Bible Program  and 4.12 Leadership Training Program.


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