The Power of Removing Distractions

By Justin Kipe Director of Camping Ministries One of the key benefits of holding a Christian retreat at Joy El is the time spent away from the routines and distractions in everyday life that keep us from connecting deeply with the Lord. We often hear from retreat leaders of the value their campers experienced in…

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Where it started

By: Jackie Boyer, Assistant Director for Bible Adventure/CIA As Assistant Director for Bible Adventure/CIA, I’m always interested in learning how people became involved with our Bible Adventure (formerly released time) and CIA (Christians in Acton for Middle School Students) programs. Last month, I was talking with summer staffer Winter Saunders and she told me how…

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Safe? Will my child be safe at sleep-away camp?

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director Every once in a while I receive a question something like this from a parent. They haven’t sent their child to camp before and they’re a little unsure.  I’d like to assure you that this is a wise decision developmentally for your child. The sense of community and life…

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What is the impact of bad news?

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director Recently while reading the book “Good to Great in God’s Eyes” by Chip Ingram, I saw the significant value of a week-long Christian summer camp experience. Ingram writes, “Dr. Jack Haskins, a professor at the University of Tennessee, spent 12 years researching the effects of media and how people…

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What Makes a Good Retreat?

By Miriam Ankerbrand, Group Events Coordinator   What makes retreat “Wonderful?”  For some it’s the food.  For others it’s activities and yet other it’s being outdoors.  Some are just glad for time away from the ordinary everyday life. Recently, some group leaders told me what made their retreats Wonderful. “We love coming here year after year…

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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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