Glimpses of God at Work

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director We are thankful that we have been able to have four weeks of summer camp in south Central Pennsylvania. God has been at work. Recently we asked our counselors, “How have you seen God at work?”  Here is what they shared: Wilderness Camp: On the hike my campers asked…

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Transformed – A Journey Through 4.12

By Stephanie Ziebarth, Barnabas Program Coordinator Ashlyn Miller (on the left in the photo) thought she was signing up to become a junior counselor for Joy El’s camps and retreats when she applied for the 4.12 Leadership Training Program five years ago. Little did she know that God was going to use the program to…

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The Play’s the Thing

Enjoy a recent blog from our ministry friend, Dr. Dan Bolin.   THE PLAY’S THE THING By Dr. Dan Bolin “When things happen which dismay, we ought to look to God for His meaning, and remember that He is not taken by surprise nor can His purposes be thwarted in the end.” – Elisabeth Elliot…

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Prayers for Christian Camps

Prayers for Christian Camps By Jeanette Biesecker, Director of Ministry Advancement Our friend Dan Meredith of SDG Music Ministry has been significantly involved in the ministry work here at Joy El for a long time. He’s served in recent years as a speaker for our Christian camps and retreats. Dan recently shared the following message…

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A Timely Word!

By Aaron E. Ziebarth Executive Director Yesterday a timely word was emailed to me and a couple other staff members. I was amazed at how much encouragement it brought. Let me provide some context. It is rare that a volunteer or parent of a summer camper or Bible Adventure student sends an email to several…

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How Mentoring Looks Different Right Now

By Stephanie Ziebarth, Barnabas Program Coordinator Every day at 10 AM, Lonnie Gulledge calls his Barnabas mentee, Devin O’Hara. Devin is ready on the other end, and the two spend about 15-20 minutes checking in for the day. The Barnabas Program is the mentoring aspect of Joy El’s 4.12 Leadership Training Program. They read the assigned…

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Seeing the Fruit

By Ronna Butler, Bible Adventure Administrative Assistant In my role for the Bible Adventure and Christians In Action programs here at Joy El, I have seen God move as I receive the reports sharing how many students began a relationship with Jesus and how many have earned a free week of summer camp. Free camp…

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