20 Things I am Thankful For

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director We have so much to be thankful for! I started writing and here are the first 20 blessings that came to mind (not in order of importance).   I’m thankful that my older daughter graduated from college and obtained a full-time job.   I am thankful for salvation that…

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Victory Belongs to the Lord

Kim Sanger Assistant Director of Bible Adventure I had been reaching out since May to request a meeting to discuss the upcoming year of Bible Adventure.  In late July, I was able to make contact with the secretary.  At that time, she explained that their priorities were not with outside organizations.  I was to call…

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The Power of an Invitation

By Courtney Martin Program Director As I consider the Mother Daughter Retreat at Joy El, I see the many ways that God worked. As a staff, we pray for guests to experience life-change through personal encounters with God. God answers these prayers! Mothers and daughters participated together in powerful times of worship and fellowship, being…

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Overcoming the World

By Jordan Wheeler, 4.12 Leadership Training Program Coordinator   1 John 5:4 ESV “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world­­ – our faith. “ I have needed faith recently to overcome the world. 2020 has been a year that has challenged…

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Stand Firm

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director   Recently I received a note from one of the Assistant Directors of Bible Adventure: Brenda Brazee.  I admire her passion and encouraged by her commitment to the Vision and mission that God had given Joy El. The note encouraged me in ministry, I pray it brings encouragement to…

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Praying For One

By Kim Sanger, Assist Director of Bible Adventure Bible Adventure is open! Our teams and staff have been praying for the Lord to send children to the programs, where they are waiting to share the love and hope of Jesus Christ with them (Matt. 18:14).  While most programs are seeing permission slips come in, there…

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Intimacy over Insanity

By Rachel Shively, Director, 4.12 Leadership Training Program At the end of the summer, several older female 4.12 students and I gathered together to reflect on how we wanted to continue finding ways to develop intimacy with Christ.  They shared around the circle forms of accountability they were pursuing – schedule changes and ways to…

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He Said, “Our Ministry isn’t doing anything”

Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director The leader of a public school released time ministry in another state emailed me. He wanted to see what type of ministry Joy El was doing during the pandemic.  Then, with a broken heart, he shared how their ministry has come to a screeching halt. For a variety of reasons…

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