There Is Nothing Like a Good Celebration!

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director There is nothing like a good celebration! Every Friday night after the week of camp concludes our staff has a big celebration.   One Friday night last summer all counselors, junior counselors, support staff and summer leadership staff gathered in the in the lobby of the worship center.  After singing…

Summer Camp Prepares You for College?

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director  For years I have seen the great value of summer camp–both for those who attend and for those who serve.  Recently Juan, one of our summer staff members and a graduate of the 4.12 Leadership Training Program, stopped by Joy El for lunch.  It was a great time to talk…

“I Decided to Delete All the Games on My Phone”

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director I never know how God is going to show up. This past weekend 100 teenaged students in Joy El’s 4.12 Leadership Program gathered for the winter Leadership Training Summit. Nate Marshall, the director of the program, planned the weekend around Ephesians 5:15-17: Be very careful, then, how you live–…

His Light Shines in the Darkness

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director At year’s end, we often pause and reflect on the year gone by.  This year has been a year like no other at Joy El.   But, God is good!  Even though we can’t always see a way through the darkness, He shines a light to lead the way for…