Invest Yourself

Invest Yourself

More than 15 years ago, I became the Barnabas Mentor Coordinator. Having been equipped in mentoring and discipleship before coming to Joy El, I quickly developed a training for our Barnabas mentors. We have added many supplemental seminars through the years, but the foundational mentor training has remained basically the same.   A few years…

Bible Adventure student and Listener reading Bible

His First Bible

Volunteers are so eager to share every time a child begins a relationship with Jesus, so we can rejoice together with the angels in heaven. While that is certainly more than enough reason to celebrate, I often ask, “How is God working?” when visiting a Bible Adventure (BA) program because I know that He is…

A Season to Reflect

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” Ecc. 3:1 This verse comes to mind at the change of every season. This spring brought a lot of excitement to Joy El. Registrations started coming in at record pace, weekly reports from Bible Adventure and CIA telling of increased participation…

Alive & Active

Never underestimate the working power of God’s Word. Asher (not his real name), a third grade Bible Adventure student, found it difficult to sit quietly for teaching time each week. In fact, it was a challenge to keep him in his chair during listening time because he wanted to roam around the room. His Listener,…

Kagey family

Coming Home

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, moving back to Pennsylvania felt like coming home. After spending 2 1/2 years serving at Joy El as the food service coordinator, in Aug 2017 the Lord called us to move back to our home state of Washington to be closer to family. The Lord provided a camping position for…

Micah, one of the 4.12 LTP students, sharing at the banquet

A Step Up in Leadership

Students in the 4.12 Leadership Training Program have taken their leadership to a new level. The 4.12 LTP juniors and seniors recently held and ran a banquet and fundraiser that featured 2 not-for-profit organizations that have had an important impact on the local communities. It was encouraging to see how the students took ownership of…

Life-Changing Prayer

Life-Changing Prayers Today there is a lot of talk in the news about public schools and the challenges in the relationships between the school administration and the community. Recently, I was able to hear of a great example of God literally transforming this relationship in one of the Joy El Bible Adventures (BA). Today there…