Connecting with Home Schooled Students

By Courtney Martin, Program Director Last week at Joy El, a Christian camps  in PA, 92 Home Schooled students attended the Home School retreat. It’s exciting to be able to partner with Home School parents and give their children the opportunity to get out of the house and explore God’s creation! While promoting for this…

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Making Disciples

By Rachel Shively, 4.12 Coordinator   In Matthew 28:19, Jesus tells His disciples to “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” For all believers, this is a command that gives them a calling and purpose.  However, sharing the Gospel…

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Why we do what we do

By Lois Ann Glessner, Bible Adventure/CIA Training and Curriculum Coordinator   Students exhibit a variety of learning styles and we want to reach each one with the Gospel, so our Bible Adventure teachers use different approaches to present Biblical truths.  Bible Adventure is one of the ministries of Joy El, a Christian retreat centers in…

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A Community of Life-Change

By Courtney Martin, Program Director   Recently at Joy El, a Christian camp and Retreat Center in PA, we invited our 2018 Summer Staff back to fellowship together and celebrate what God has done in their lives since serving this previous summer.  This 24-hour reunion allows staff to process how God has been at work…

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Worldwide Impact

By Nate Marshall, Director of 4.12 Leadership Training Program   “You do not go for behavioral modification. You go to the foundation first,” Ron Pegram, a seasoned ministry leader who has served in North Carolina and Florida, said regarding the 4.12 Leadership Training Program and Barnabas Program.   When Ron Pegram came to Joy El…

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Shining God’s Light

By Jan Diaz, Director of Bible Adventure/CIA Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.” Daniel 12:3     The wise men followed a star to Bethlehem that led them to Jesus the King. Bible Adventure, like…

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God’s Word Comes Alive!

By Miriam Ankerbrand, Group Events Coordinator     Recently, I visited one of our Bible Adventure classes. Bible Adventure is a part of Joy El, a Christian camp and retreat center in PA.  When I arrived, the school coordinator greeted me, “Oh, we’re glad you’re here today!  We’d love to have you be a listener!…

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Joy El Missionary Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary

By Jeanette Biesecker, Director of Ministry Advancement   When she first traversed the grounds of newly established Camp Joy El, a Christian Camp in Pennsylvania, Lois Ann Glessner (then Hunsberger) had no inkling that her future would be so deeply entwined with that of the camp. She recalls, “I was just a kid and I…

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