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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What do you prefer? Screens or people?

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director We had just been outside for a good portion of the evening watching our son’s baseball game. There is something about sitting there, feeling the cold wind blow, smelling the fresh grass and enjoying the company of the other fans. Of course, the sound of the crack of the…

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Celebrating the Growth of 17 Graduating 4.12 Seniors

By Stephanie Ziebarth, Barnabas Mentor Coordinator The evening was absolutely packed with powerful testimonies and moving blessings. Seventeen high school seniors were graduating from the 4.12 Leadership Training Program, and May 9 was the evening for them to glorify God for what He had done through their many years in the program. The evening did…

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