Spontaneous Conversations

This is my first fall retreat season at Joy El, a Christian Retreat Center in PA, as the new program director. I had served as a counselor and helped with activities during retreats in the past, and now it’s crazy to think that I am the one running these weekends. It’s a blessing to use…

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Fresh Eyes

After my first few weeks on staff with Joy El, I had a meeting with my supervisor. She asked me how things were going and what I thought of Joy El thus far. After I gave my lengthy answer, she exclaimed, “You need to write that for the blog! You need to write what Joy…

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Glorifying God Together in the Local Diner

Jed Ritchie and his Barnabas mentor, Adam Johnson, make it a point to eat together at a local diner at least once per month. Because Jed is in Joy El’s 4.12 Leadership Training Program, he and Adam are required to get together at least monthly for encouragement, accountability and mentoring. Over reubens and BLTs, Jed…

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Answered Prayer

Often times we don’t understand why things work out the way they do and somethings we will never be able to figure out, but I am always thankful for the small glimpses that God gives us into how He is working. Every week when I walked with students to the school after meeting for Bible…

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Heavy-laden to Hopeful

Over the last few months, Christ has given us the opportunity at Joy El to be part of a great amount of life-change. What a joy for this Pennsylvania Christian camp to be used by God in such a powerful way! One of the greatest opportunities that I had this summer was working with a…

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Life-long Friendships

“I wouldn’t be the person I am today without the friendships God gave me at camp,” Carlyn* said. “Although high school has ended, I know our friendships will last a life time.” In today’s society, finding a strong Christian community can be challenging for many teenagers. Carlyn experienced this throughout her years of middle and…

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Walking in Fearless Faith

“Now I’m really on fire!” “Jesus is still the answer for the next generation!” “We need to be aware of how the culture is shifting and be bold in testifying about how God is working in our lives!” These are just a few of the comments I heard last week. As school begins this year,…

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Simplifying the Retreat Registration Process

Hello, Joy El Campers!  Welcome to the 2022 Fall Retreat Season.  We are so excited to have you join us.  There are a number of fun weekend events planned, including the Mother/Daughter Retreat in October, Father/Son Retreat or the Momentums in November, and the Bible Adventure Weekend in December.  Check out the Joy El Retreats…

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