A Radical Life-Change

By Miriam Ankerbrand – Group Events Coordinator   Recently, I had lunch with a pastor and his wife who led a weekend retreat at Joy El, a Christian retreat center in pa.  As we conversed, we talked about the highs and lows of their weekend.  Pastor Ed* got really serious for a moment and said…

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Hiking Blindfolded

By Rachel Shively, 4.12 Leadership Training Program Coordinator One tradition of the 4.12 Leadership Training Summit in September is going offsite with the first year students who are joined by students in their fourth and fifth year.  Hiking is a very popular activity among the staff at Joy El that creates many friendships and can…

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Is the Bible Out of Public Schools?

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director Teachers listed their top five complaints over two periods of time. Which set of complaints is worse? Top five public school teacher complaints 1940-1962 1963 – Present ·         talking ·         chewing gum ·         making noise ·         running in the halls ·         getting out of turn in line ·         rape…

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Why we must answer student’s tough questions

Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director This weekend we just hosted the fall 4.12 Leadership Training Summit. All 115 students are invited and enjoy the intensive seminars, small group sessions and large group teachings. On Sunday morning I was leading the level three students through the Demolishing Strongholds material.  I asked them the question, “How would…

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Putting the Bible Back in Public Schools

By Brenda Brazee, Assistant Director of Bible Adventure/CIA   This summer I attended a conference by School Ministries Inc with many other people who are active missionaries in Released Time Bible Programs all over the country.  Finn Larson shared that our country, once founded on Christian principals whose educational system was based on the 3 “legs”…

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Bible Adventure is Kicked Off

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director Two weeks ago over 450 volunteers gathered at four locations to Kick off a new year. Brian Osborne from Answers in Genesis was the keynote speaker sharing “Quick Answers to Tough Questions”.  (The book is available here).  Volunteers shared that they, “Gained a renewed confidence and excitement for God’s…

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A Visit to Community Day Camp

By Justin Kipe, Director of Camping Ministries   Earlier this summer I had the privilege of visiting the Fairview Avenue Community Day Camp. This was one of six community day camps Joy El, a Christian camps in pa, led this summer.   I had a great time helping with the Gospel color bracelet. The beautiful…

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I Felt God Working Through Me

By Nate Marshall, Director of the 4.12 Leadership Training Program   This summer God has been doing some great things at Joy El, a Christian camps in Pennsylvania! God has been transforming the lives of the staff and 4.12 Leadership Training Students that have served here as well.   During the summer months, I get…

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