Gods word taught at Joy El christian retreats in pa

Who Will Teach Them?

by Lois Ann Glessner, Bible Adventure Training and Curriculum Coordinator Matt*, the third grade Bible Adventure student sat at the table with two Bibles.  One Bible had a bright colored cover with “GOD’S WORD” emblazoned across the front.  The other one was multi-colored with the words “HOLY BIBLE.”  Matt looked confused when I asked him…

Investing into campers at christian retreats in pa

The Blessing of Investing

By Anna Blazes, Camping Ministries Assistant I have served at Joy El’s summer camp and Christian retreats for several years, and have just recently joined the year-round staff as the Camping Ministries Assistant. I’m so excited about Joy El’s mission of providing opportunities for people to experience life-change through personal encounters with God, and that…

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Equipped to Share

By Stephanie Ziebarth, Barnabas Coordinator At Joy El, a Christian retreat center in PA, we offer a year-round discipleship ministry for students in grades 8 to 12 called the 4.12 Leadership Training Program. One of the 4.12 Leadership Training students with whom I have a comfortable relationship is quite shy. I visited her church a…

Joy El Missionaries at Christian retreat centers in PA

Called to Stay

By Jeanette Biesecker, Director of Ministry Advancement I know many Christians who provide financial support to the work of overseas missionaries. For generations, the American Church has been a great “sending” nation for the gospel of Christ in reaching people in other nations and cultures. The idea of going to a foreign land and living…