Helping Campers Grow

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director Summer camp can be difficult for some children, being removed from ones comfort zone can cause a bit of disequilibrium. For that same reason, summer camp is an excellent opportunity for children to push through the discomfort and grow in a safe environment. Last week God used Jazmine, our…

Serving in Released Time Is Wonderful

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director So much of what we do at Joy El is accomplished through the efforts of many faithful volunteers. This past year more than 1190, volunteers served at least a couple hours each week ministering to the children in the Released Time Bible program. At the end of the year…

Camper Testimonies

By Aaron E. Ziebarth Executive Director At the end of every session of summer camp, parents, siblings and grandparents join us for the closing program.  We sing songs, receive a challenge from the speaker, receive awards for the week, watch video highlights and then hear a testimony of how God worked. Last Friday at Energizer…

How much is it worth?

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director Every session of summer camp, we ask parents to give us feedback, so that we can improve the program and facility for future campers. This is very important to us. Why?  Because we know how hopeless life can be without Jesus. The better experience each child has at summer…

When your efforts pay off years later

By Lois Ann Glessner, Released Time Training & Curriculum Coordinator Toward the end of summer camp last year, a girl from Leadership Experience came up to me at lunch for a hug…  I had to ask her name.  She and her sister attended STEVENS Released Time many years ago…  As God would have it, I called…