Loving and Learning God’s Word

By Brenda Brazee, Assistant Director of Bible Adventure and CIAI loved vacation Bible school as a child.  I remember one particular year they said, “Whoever memorizes the most verses, brings friends, and comes each day receives extra points, and whoever earns these points can win prizes.”  Now, I’ve always been a bit competitive…


An Impactful Weekend

By Justin Kipe, Director of Camping MinistriesRecently we had the Joy El Bible Adventure weekend, a Christian retreat weekend for students in grades 2 to 6. It was an exciting and powerful time of …


Christian Camps Coming Together

By Karissa Darius, Camping Ministries Assistant
Recently, a dozen of Joy El staff members attended the Christian Camp and Conference Association (CCCA) Alleghany Sectional.  This sectional is a place where those who work at Christian camps…


Growing With your children, a book review and more

By Stephanie Ziebarth, Barnabas Ministry Coordinator

The other day I spent two hours walking around my neighborhood, catching up with the best friend of my youth. Chief among the topics we covered was parenting. I could not help but share the newest material from my parenting toolbox: Growing With by Kara Powell and Steven Argue.

Released earlier this month by Baker Books, Growing With has a long subtitle that happens to be very appropriate: Every Parent’s Guide to Helping Teenagers and Young Adults Thrive in Their Faith, Family, and Future. The book introduces


Equipping emerging leaders within the church

By Stephanie Ziebarth, Barnabas Mentor Coordinator

When Samantha Cantrell decided to join Joy El’s, a Christian camp in PA, 4.12 Leadership Training Program in eighth grade, she had ideas about how God might use the program in her life. Almost five years later, Sam realizes her initial expectations did not get met, but that God worked in a very different…