The Pursuit of Defending One’s Faith

It has been an exciting year already for the 4.12 Leadership Training program. We began the year with a training summit where 105 high school students attended with the focus of learning what it means to be holy. This is a weekend where the students in the leadership training program come onsite for biblical and…

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Be a Link in Their Chain of Faith

When a child begins a relationship with Jesus, it is a cause for celebration. Jesus gave us the command to make disciples; since then, history has been repeating itself with each new (spiritual) birth. A little over a month ago, my first grandchild was born. Before she was physically here, there was a team of…

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Better than Christmas?

Bible Adventure Weekend better than Christmas? That is exactly what the youngest of these three sisters told me on Saturday when asked if she was having fun. In fact, she said it was like all the holidays, her birthday and all the vacations to the beach all at one time. For the past three years,…

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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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