From A School Employee

By Brenda Brazee, Assistant Director of Bible Adventure/CIA The guidance counselor at one elementary school where we have a Bible Adventure program thanked Janelle, the school nurse, who is our coordinator at Bible Adventure.  She thanked her for her role in Bible Adventure and the positive impact Bible Adventure has on the children. The counselor…

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Hearing God’s Voice

By Miriam Ankerbrand, Group Events Coordinator Guest group leaders tell us all the time that they can “feel God’s presence” here when they have a Retreat at Joy El.  One group leader, Mike*, recently shared a story with us, how this deeply impacted someone in his group. One of the church’s staff members came and…

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What do you prefer? Screens or people?

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director We had just been outside for a good portion of the evening watching our son’s baseball game. There is something about sitting there, feeling the cold wind blow, smelling the fresh grass and enjoying the company of the other fans. Of course, the sound of the crack of the…

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Celebrating the Growth of 17 Graduating 4.12 Seniors

By Stephanie Ziebarth, Barnabas Mentor Coordinator The evening was absolutely packed with powerful testimonies and moving blessings. Seventeen high school seniors were graduating from the 4.12 Leadership Training Program, and May 9 was the evening for them to glorify God for what He had done through their many years in the program. The evening did…

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There are many reasons I like Summer Camp

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director   Every week of summer camp, cabin counselors share a highlight of the week. I just read notes from a week last July. They were so good I thought I would share them with you.   My camper opened up to me about her struggles on the first day…

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What A Summer Camp Experience Could Mean for Your Teen/Child

Originally posted by the Christian Camp and Conference Association http://thepowerofcamp.com/what-a-summer-camp-experience-could-mean-for-your-teen/ ThePowerOfCamp.com. Photo Courtesy of T Bar M Camp Spending a week at camp means days filled with next-level fun and making memories, but it’s so much more. It’s the unique mix of gaining an incredible experience and leaving behind habits that hinder growth. Summer camp…

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The Blessing of Partnership

By Miriam Ankerbrand, Group Events Coordinator Each year I have the privilege of working with the Angel Tree camping program through Prison Fellowship to bring children of incarcerated men and women to camp for a week of camp.  You may think of Angel Tree as a program that occurs at Christmas…you’ve seen the trees at…

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The Principal Is Coming

By Aaron E. Ziebarth Executive Director Earlier this year I visited one of Joy El’s Bible Adventure programs. If you have ever attended one you know that energy fills the room as the children race to meet their listener. Yet on this occasion something was different.  The principal came to Bible Adventure. . . let…

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