The Work of His Hand

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director If you are on Facebook, you have probably seen many back to school photos. Earlier today I saw a photo that was different, and this really caught my attention. Frank Heberlig graduated from the 4.12 program in May and served as a male counselor this summer at Joy El. …

The SECOND most-asked question of the summer

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director I already mentioned in a previous blog post (http://joyelcamps.org/pennsylvania_christian_retreat_center/most-asked-question-summer) that I like questions. Questions lead to new insights. They also provide significant accountability. At least once a day a staff member would ask me the question I will share below. Luis seemed to find me most often, and he…

Bringing Hope to Children

By Aaron E. Ziebarth,  Executive Director We have concluded our programmed weeks of summer camp at Joy El. As I look back, I can think of many children who camp to our summer camps and found the hope of Jesus Christ. I saw how desperately they wanted it.  *  Romans 5:8 shows us how much…

A Lot (of Growth) Can Happen in 10 Years

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director  We always enjoy when former staff members return to reconnect and see what God is doing at Joy El.  This summer, Stephanie and I were able to spend some time with Libby (Cooper) and Chris Royer.  Chris and Libby joined the 4.12 Leadership Training Program in 2005. They graduated…

There is power is sharing . . .

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” John 6:68   During our final week of camp I took some of our summer staff on a weekly outing – hiking on the Tuscarora Trail followed by ice cream.  As we…

The Most Asked Question of the Summer

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director  I have always liked questions.  I like to ask them, and I like it when people ask me questions.  My children ask me questions. My wife asks me questions. As the executive director of Joy El I get asked all types of questions.  This summer I was asked one…