We Can’t Get Enough Prayer!

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director   Recently Jan Diaz, our Associate Director of Released Time Ministries, forwarded an email to me. One of our CIA coordinators saw the great value of enlisting prayer support, and she proceeded to invite her friends.  Following is her request:   Hi friends & acquaintances! đŸ™‚   For the…

How Have You Seen God Working Today?

Our Leadership Experience week of camp had just concluded. The final worship service had concluded and campers were saying their good-byes to one another. Parents were trying to get their children to leave, but no one really wanted to go home.  After closing programs, I walk around camp, greeting parents and saying good-bye to campers.…

Obeying the Call

There are many staff and volunteers at Joy El who invest a lot of time into children and youth. We are always excited when we see them listen to God and take big steps in their faith.  Jackie (on the left in the photo), a senior in the 4.12 Leadership Training program, shared how God…

A Slice of Fresh Bread with Dan Bolin

By Dan Bolin, International Director of Christian Camping International  I recently read someone’s list of the ten most dangerous countries in the world. I have only been to four of the ten in the last two years, and I’d go back to any of them in a minute. In each country I met wonderful people…

Has Your Faith Ever Failed You?

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director  On Friday, I spent a day away in prayer. During the twelve-plus years that I have been at Joy El this is something I have endeavored to do every month. It’s a time for seeking the Lord for fresh wisdom, insight and direction. I remove myself from the daily…

Acting Upon the Still Small Voice

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director  Have you ever heard the still, small voice from God? Perhaps it’s the Spirit nudging you, suggesting that you should do something. In Scripture we learn about the still, small voice in 1 Kings 19.  Recently I was in a foreign country training and equipping Christian camping leaders. While…

What is God teaching me now?

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director I was frustrated. Many years ago my wife and I were serving the Lord in ministry at another location. We had several discouraging setbacks. We didn’t realize some of the problems that we inherited when we went to serve there. The tasks seemed overwhelming, and we didn’t know what…

Not in My Time

  In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps – Proverbs 16:9 By Aaron E. Ziebarth During our final week of camp I took some of our summer staff on a weekly outing – hiking followed by ice cream at McDonalds. We had been on the road for about…

A Demonstration of God’s Presence

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director One of the great opportunities of summer camp is being aware of teachable moments. These are the divine instances when God opens doors to talk about events that reveal Him to people. Walking across camp on Thursday evening midway during the summer, I crossed paths with Michael. Michael is…