How Many More Days?

By: Anna Blazes Camping Ministries Assistant   Despite the snowy backdrop, we are already getting ready for  summer here at Joy El! During this season I spend a lot of my time on the phone with parents telling them about camp and helping register their kids for the fun we have planned this summer. I…

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Ministry is Hard, But Worth It

By Miriam Ankerbrand Development Coordinator   When I was preparing to come work at Joy El almost nine years ago, I spoke with my pastor, Bill Spangler.  I was worried because I had never done anything like this before.  I’d been a nurse for over 20 years and was taking on a role that involved…

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The First Bibles They Had Ever Seen

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director   I shared this story as a part of my Thank You letter in December, I thought I had shared it earlier as a blog, but somehow it got missed.  You will be encouraged. December 7, 2020 We continue to do everything we can to minister as safely as…

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You’ve Got Mail

By Rachel Shively Director of the 4.12 Leadership Training Program   A special memory for many who serve at Joy El are the notes written between fellow staff. Whether summer staff, year round staff, or 4.12 students, these notes preserve fun memories, encouraging comments, and share uplifting Scripture! They are often kept and read years…

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S’more Time in Prayer

By: Lois Ann Glessner BA/CIA Curriculum Coordinator   A cute little gift showed up at my house.  A box of graham crackers, bag of marshmallows, and Hershey chocolate bars tied together with a string and note, “we need S’more team members like you.” Looking at the tasty ingredients needed to make a delicious treat, my…

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Hope Building

Nate Marshall Director of Ministry Advancement   There is no doubt that 2020 was filled with pain, heartache, and trials. We were all impacted in some form or fashion by the historic events that took place – and students are no exception. We live in a world that is in short supply of hope. Recently,…

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Good at Being Rich

By Aaron E. Ziebarth, Executive Director   When is the last time you were impressed with someone’s generosity? Even amidst the difficulties of the pandemic, I have seen God glorified in so many different ways through generous giving.  God is answering prayer after prayer, providing for needs at Joy El. Although attendance at our fall…

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Altar of Thanksgiving

By: Courtney Martin Program Director   As we wrapped up our final day of Fall Bible Adventure Weekend we learned about how we can thank God. As we thank Him, we remember the friend He is to us at all times. To illustrate this with campers, the speaker for the weekend asked them to come…

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