God’s Power Clearly Revealed

By Stephanie Ziebarth, Barnabas Mentor Coordinator Tonight Anna, Claire (our exchange student) and I headed up to Joy El to slip into the back of the worship center for the Father-Son Retreat’s evening chapel session (the rest of the family is already there for the weekend). Tom Harmon, one of our favorite preachers (due not…

A Typical Morning at RT

By Joyce Hornbaker  Today I was scheduled to visit Nancy Grayson Released Time in Shippensburg. Earlier in  the week, Mihui, the school coordinator, called and said that since there were no awards earned yet, I didn’t need to come…tempting, but I told her I would come and share with the boys and girls and connect…

4.12 Students Make Service Part of Life

By Aaron E. Ziebarth Recently my wife Stephanie and I heard from a former Leadership Training student. She is currently an elementary school teacher. Her words highlighted one of the values of the 4.12 Leadership Training Program.  “I always loved those leadership training weekends. Hope things are going well at camp and the kids are…

How Legal is Released Time? An Attorney Responds.

By Matt Sharpe, Attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom Students aren’t the only ones heading back to class. Across the country, released time volunteers are preparing lessons, gathering supplies, and planning activities as their weekly released time Bible classes start up again with a fresh crop of eager young students ready to hear the Gospel.  But…

How Legal is Released Time? An Attorney Responds.

By Matt Sharpe, Attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom Students aren’t the only ones heading back to class. Across the country, released time volunteers are preparing lessons, gathering supplies, and planning activities as their weekly released time Bible classes start up again with a fresh crop of eager young students ready to hear the Gospel.  But…

Prevailing Prayer

When was the last time you saw God answer a big prayer?  I get really excited when I see God answer prayer. Especially when it is something that is clearly beyond my control.  How satisfied are you with your prayer life? Do you find yourself praying regularly? Consistently? Are you seeing answers to your prayers? …

Marshmallows and Potential

By Aaron Ziebarth There is something special about being in a room with over two hundred people who love children and are excited to serve the Lord.  One of my favorite times each year is when our volunteers gather at Joy El Camps and Retreats (a Christian summer camp and retreat center in Pennsylvania) and…

An Edifying Experience

by Aaron and Stephanie Ziebarth    From Aaron:  We are right in the middle of summer camp season.  This means a lot of hot dogs, chicken nuggets, pizza (and some vegetables too). It means archery, swimming, giant swing, splashground, Adventure Village, cabin bible studies and chapel.  Our staff has been going all out, serving campers.…

Five Reasons to Attend Summer Camp

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director  There’s no question about it: attending summer camp is a life-changing experience. Since 1974, Joy El has been a Christian camp and retreat center in Pennsylvania, where children come to have a lot of fun, make a lot of friends and have experiences that help them to build strong spiritual foundations.  …