Passing the Torch

By Courtney Martin, Program Director In March, at Joy El’s Christian retreat center, we held our annual Mother Son Retreat and focused on the idea of “Passing the Torch” in sharing our faith with those around us in our families and communities.  Our prayer was that all participants of this retreat would have the opportunity…

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Zoom! Here we go!

by Kim Sanger, Bible Adventure Assistant Director The current health crisis has forced us to be creative in new ways to do Bible Adventure with our students. Last Thursday, we hosted our first Bible Adventure meeting on Zoom online. There were 4 kids and 4 listeners in attendance.  During this meeting, we reviewed the Armor of…

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The Coat Off Her Back

By Brenda Brazee, Assistant Director of Bible Adventure My role at Joy El as Assistant Director of Bible Adventure is to train and equip our leaders and volunteers for the work of the ministry. I don’t regularly interact directly with children in my role, so when God gave me the opportunity to serve Him and…

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Structure to your Day

This is not business as usual.  But instead, an opportunity to deeply reflect. Processing and assessing our current cultural life from a biblical perspective, this is an absolute “must” for the serious trainee of Christ. Our vision at Joy El is to make disciples of Jesus Christ, and to raise up the next generation of…

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So Many Questions…

By Kim Sanger, Assistant Director of Bible Adventure and CIA At the beginning of the school year Penny*, a fifth grade girl who had not attended Bible Adventure before, entered the room where we meet.  She was invited by a friend and not completely sure what she was going to be doing there.  She immediately…

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Help! I’m Addicted to my Phone!

By Tori Marshall, Food Service Coordinator I walked up to the table where Lindsey*, a young middle schooler, had her head down on her arms. “Hey, are you ok?” I asked. She looked up at me with a lost expression on her face and nodded. “I’m fine,” she said. “But I’m addicted to electronics so…

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Unplugged Is Freedom

By Jeanette Biesecker, Director of Ministry Advancement One of the most important benefits of Christian camping is that students get unplugged from technology for a short time in order to get connected into relationships with God and others. As we talk with parents at Christian camps and retreats, we hear from them how difficult it…

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