Who Will Teach Them?

by Lois Ann Glessner, Bible Adventure Training and Curriculum Coordinator Matt*, the third grade Bible Adventure student sat at the table with two Bibles.  One Bible had a bright colored cover with “GOD’S WORD” emblazoned across the front.  The other one was multi-colored with the words “HOLY BIBLE.”  Matt looked confused when I asked him…

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The Blessing of Investing

By Anna Blazes, Camping Ministries Assistant I have served at Joy El’s summer camp and Christian retreats for several years, and have just recently joined the year-round staff as the Camping Ministries Assistant. I’m so excited about Joy El’s mission of providing opportunities for people to experience life-change through personal encounters with God, and that…

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Equipped to Share

By Stephanie Ziebarth, Barnabas Coordinator At Joy El, a Christian retreat center in PA, we offer a year-round discipleship ministry for students in grades 8 to 12 called the 4.12 Leadership Training Program. One of the 4.12 Leadership Training students with whom I have a comfortable relationship is quite shy. I visited her church a…

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Eyes Open to the Harvest at School

By Lois Ann Glessner, Bible Adventure Training and Curriculum Coordinator I serve at a Bible Adventure program (a released time program that allows public school students to leave their classrooms for an hour a week for religious instruction) where I go to the school office meet my students to walk them to the nearby church…

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Seeing the Fruit of Bible Adventure

By Jackie Boyer, Assistant Director This past weekend I had the privilege of serving as a counselor for the December Bible Adventure Weekend retreat. Bible Adventure is a released time program where public school students in grades 3-5 are released from school for an hour during the school day for religious instruction.  My junior counselor…

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Called to Stay

By Jeanette Biesecker, Director of Ministry Advancement I know many Christians who provide financial support to the work of overseas missionaries. For generations, the American Church has been a great “sending” nation for the gospel of Christ in reaching people in other nations and cultures. The idea of going to a foreign land and living…

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Destroyed for Lack of Knowledge

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director My family and I were in Canada for a Christian camp leadership conference. After arriving at the Calgary, Alberta airport, we hopped in the shuttle van that would take us to the rental car facility.  After jockeying back and forth regarding the rate, I began reading and signing all…

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I am very thankful!

I am very thankful! By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director   Recently the Joy El Staff team paused from our normal routine for a day of prayer and fasting. Even though our main offices are at a Christian camp and retreat center right in the heart of PA, it doesn’t make it easy to stop,…

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