Seek First His Kingdom

Seek First His Kingdom By Rachel Shively   Five years later…  “I greatly struggled to prioritize camp…Now God has opened many doors for me to serve and lead in ways I didn’t expect.”   Caitlyn eagerly joined the 4.12 Leadership Training Program in 8th grade after she had attended Joy El as a camper for many years. During her early years of the program, she…

Year-End Giving 2021

Year-end giving 2021 Helpful information from the ECFA   Dear friends,   Thank you for the prayers, support, and financial resources you have invested at Joy El. God is using you in amazing ways. Praise the Lord!   While giving to the Lord is our motivation, as we approach the end of 2021, I wanted…

Facing the Giants

Facing the Giants “Life is hopeless without Jesus and children need the hope of Christ.”  There are moments when I am reminded of this in very tangible and visible ways.  This past weekend we had the opportunity to serve over 180 teenage students and their youth leaders at Joy El for our Momentum Jr/Sr retreat.  During…

Personal Encounters

Personal Encounters I scanned the family groups as soon as we reached the Save-A-Lot parking area to pick up our Chambersburg Day Campers.  I was a bus rider that first day, and there was Lucas, looking excited and a little nervous waiting for our arrival with his grandparents (my landlord and his wife).  He had…

Dishes and Discipleship

During the summer camping programs, 4.12 students serve in a variety of crucial roles. Student-led work crews help with many behind the scenes jobs and help keep the facility and programs running well. This includes weeding flower beds, serving tables, cleaning bathrooms, and of course, washing dishes! Not only do 4.12 students learn many practical…