Finding Spiritual Freedom

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director  Do you remember the last time you read some verses from the Bible that JUMPED OUT and directly addressed a situation in life?  Last week I was doing a Bible study that led me to Hebrews 2:14-15.  Hebrews 2:14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared…

Camp Gets Kids Outside

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director  I recently read another study that reminded me of the value of summer camp:  According to a Kaiser Family Foundation study, kids spend an average of 7 hours, 38 minutes a day connected to some type of electronic device. UNBELIEVABLE. Camp Joy El does provide an excellent way for…

Camp Gets Kids Outside

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director  I recently read another study that reminded me of the value of summer camp:  According to a Kaiser Family Foundation study, kids spend an average of 7 hours, 38 minutes a day connected to some type of electronic device. UNBELIEVABLE. Camp Joy El does provide an excellent way for…

Helping Children Seek God at Summer Camp

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director Year after year we see God change children’s lives at summer camp.  Children and youth are bombarded with the enticing message of sin. These messages come in many different shapes and sizes, and many are disguised very well. School, friends, the media, and our government all communicate deceptive messages…

The Value of Mentoring Younger Students

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director  My assistant recently attended the Christian Leadership Alliance Conference. She mentioned that the last general session was very powerful and convicting for all in attendance. The keynote speaker, a leader of an inner city ministry, talked about how important it is to invest into young leaders. He invited two…

The Greatest Element in Training

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director  Our summer staff has been training all week to serve campers with excellence this summer. On Friday the 4.12 leadership training students will join us for their final training summit prior to the summer. Age characteristics, electives preparation, Bible study preparation, camper discipline, homesickness prevention, evangelism and the list…