Helping Kids in Need of Hope

“My Mom has died!” The heartbreaking words from Jacob*, a young man who previously encountered God through the Released Time Bible Program. 

This past year, Jacob received a Released Time certificate, commemorating the day he began a relationship with Jesus. Later, when Jacob experienced personal tragedy, the death of his mother, he looked to the certificate and at the bottom was a phone number. Jacob’s call for help was answered by Nate, a Joy El staff member. Jacob needed someone to talk to and said “I saw the number at the bottom of the certificate and knew if I ever needed help I could call.” When asked how he felt Jacob replied “Right now I am just really sad.”  Nate listened to Jacob and together they talked and prayed. Afterwards Jacob said “I feel much, much better now!” Jacob’s contact information was shared with Lisa, a Released Time Assistant Director who reached out to Jacob, engaged him in discussion and prayer, and made further arrangements for Jacob’s listener to continue being involved in Jacob’s life for support and encouragement. 

Jacob’s story is just one of many. Young lives changed by a supporting, caring team of trained adults within Joy El Ministries. There are an estimated 30,000 “Jacob’s” in our communities. School will begin soon and we are determined to start strong! The goal is to share God’s Love through scripture, mentoring, and prayer. Our greatest joy is when a child makes the decision to begin a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ! 

Search your heart and allow God to use YOU to change lives through the Released Time  Bible Program ministry. Your financial gift provides children with the opportunity to hear the Gospel, many for the very first time. There is never a charge to students for Released Time Bible Program, but there are many expenses involved – gas, printed materials, insurance etc...For the next school year the cost to provide Released Time for one child is $122.  

Will you help a child like Jacob? A $610 gift enables five children to hear of the hope only Jesus Christ brings. A $488 gift will deliver the Gospel to four children. To give a gift to help a child find hope, CLICK HERE or call 717-369-4539 and ask for our business office. Every gift makes a difference.

*Name has been changed

Seeking to Bring Hope to Children,



Aaron E. Ziebarth
Executive Director

P.S. Thank YOU for giving and providing children with a life-changing experience! Your partnership is so valuable in accomplishing God’s mission.