Seven years and one new congregation later, still volunteering

When Maria Muske began volunteering with Jesus Cares Ministries at 12 years old, she didn't think it would have much of an effect on her spiritual life. Seven years later, she has come to realize God didn’t bring her to JCM to help the participants; he brought them to help her.

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Nurse from The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine goes to camp

Jane Glende is a busy nurse, wife and mother who spends her days helping older adults at The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine. Her work has a predictable rhythm far removed from the lively atmosphere of a camp, but Jane happily pitched in at the Joy in Jesus retreat at Green Lake Bible Camp near Spicer, Minn. The annual camp-style retreats for people with developmental disabilities are hosted by Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM) and the WELS Minnesota District Special Ministries.

“I decided to do it because it’s a completely different scope than what we have at the skilled nursing facility,” Jane said.

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You can’t do it alone: You need Jesus

At Joy in Jesus retreats, the typical camp stories are anything but ordinary: They are often powerful reminders of Christ’s love. In late September, camper Ron was sitting alone on a bench reading his  Bible. Julie Luetke, a Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM) Consultant who helps organize the two annual Joy in Jesus retreats, sat down for a visit. Ron turned to her and said, “If it weren’t for Him, where would I be now?” Read More

Jesus Shines his Light at Joy in Jesus Camps

The best part of our camp for people with special needs is seeing the volunteers and campers having a ball, getting excited about coming again and knowing it is really all about believing in and sharing the love of Jesus.

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