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God is on the move at Brownstown Released Time

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director. Last year 77 students attended the Brownstown Released Time at the end of the year. This year they have exceeded that already. “I can’t help but think that this is because of the School Coordinator’s bold risky steps of faith, setting a goal (she didn’t think they would happen)…

National News Coverage for Released Time

By Aaron. E. Ziebarth, Executive Director I received a request to visit the Kreutz Creek Released Time in York County. The reporter wanted to come and learn about the Released Time Bible Program.  As I met Joel, I was impressed with his skills and his desire to learn about the impact of this program. As…

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It Exceeded My Expectations

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director “This retreat exceeded all my expectations.”  Chapel had just ended and a group leader was walking my way. She spoke these words with great energy and enthusiasm after the final session of this weekend’s  Joy El Camps momentum retreat. “I have been to Joy El before for a marriage…

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The Joy of the Lord Is Your Strength

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director We live in a world that deals with natural disasters, terrorism, political upheaval, division on social media and more. I recently came across a blog by Margaret Feinberg, 7 Ways to Fill the World with Joy Today. I was encouraged by the practical suggestions. The name “Camp Joy El”…

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A Risky Step of Faith leads to Answered Prayer

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director Recently I was meeting with some of the regional leaders for Released Time.  Mim Hake,  Joy El’s Equipping Coordinator in York County  shared how she stepped out in faith.  The end result, Released Time happened for many children because of her risk! I was so moved by the story…

Miss Patti’s Legacy

By Stephanie Ziebarth, Barnabas Mentor Coordinator On Sunday morning there was a knock on my Disciples Lodge room door. I opened the door to find Nate Marshall, director of Joy El Generation’s 4.12 Leadership Training Program. “I just wanted to make sure you heard that Miss Patti has passed on to heaven,” he informed me…