Alive & Active

Never underestimate the working power of God’s Word. Asher (not his real name), a third grade Bible Adventure student, found it difficult to sit quietly for teaching time each week. In fact, it was a challenge to keep him in his chair during listening time because he wanted to roam around the room. His Listener,…

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Coming Home

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, moving back to Pennsylvania felt like coming home. After spending 2 1/2 years serving at Joy El as the food service coordinator, in Aug 2017 the Lord called us to move back to our home state of Washington to be closer to family. The Lord provided a camping position for…

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A Step Up in Leadership

Students in the 4.12 Leadership Training Program have taken their leadership to a new level. The 4.12 LTP juniors and seniors recently held and ran a banquet and fundraiser that featured 2 not-for-profit organizations that have had an important impact on the local communities. It was encouraging to see how the students took ownership of…

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Life-Changing Prayer

Life-Changing Prayers Today there is a lot of talk in the news about public schools and the challenges in the relationships between the school administration and the community. Recently, I was able to hear of a great example of God literally transforming this relationship in one of the Joy El Bible Adventures (BA). Today there…

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Affirming the Call

Affirming the call   Joy El has held a special place for Jodi and I ever since I accepted the role of interim maintenance coordinator in April of 2020. We had prayed that God would give us clarity in whether to accept the position or not. God moved in many ways in 2020 by closing…

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Counting the Cost

Counting the Cost “I knew there was a reason I had to be here this weekend” Joe shared. “It was a crazy week with many obstacles but the Lord knew I needed to speak to those boys today.” In March of this year Joy El hosted an annual retreat for Mothers and Sons to get…

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Creation and Questions

Recently the 4.12 Leadership Training Program team had the awesome opportunity to take 26 eager students to the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter in Kentucky. This was to help students build a stronger biblical worldview and continue to learn how to best defend their faith in the midst of a flurry of different thoughts and…

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Time to Talk

Six double swings arranged in a circle around a fire pit were empty except for one camper swinging contentedly. I sat on a nearby swing and began a conversation. The camper was one of the Bible Adventure retreat campers taking a break from the fast paced activities around her including mini golf and gaga ball…

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