Joe & Jeanie Stucky
A History of Their Ministry

In 1967 Joe and Jeanie with their daughter Deb,
2½ years old, went to Brazil to begin their career as missionaries.

Ken was born soon after they finished a year of studying Portuguese and attempting to become accustomed to the new customs and culture which surrounded them.

After language school, they spent
a year substituting for a missionary who was on furlough. The next year was spent at Granja. During their first furlough their home was blessed with another baby boy, Ron.

They went back to Brazil and worked in Granja for 3 more years and then moved to Cruz where they substituted for the Gerald Bergens, who were working in the home office for 2 years.

It was during that time that the Lord laid it on their hearts to begin a Bible camp in that area.

House on the mainland, across the lake from camp.

During their next furlough they raised funds to build a house and begin camp construction.

Approaching the island camp.
The camp construction was begun in 1978. The first retreat (a work retreat) was held the next year. Silver Lake Bible Camp was born! For the next 15 years the family worked at the camp.

Barge load arriving at camp.
The Stuckys developed the camp program for children, young people, ladies, men, couples and families during those years. At the same time construction and maintenance continued.

Registration line.
Though Joe and Jeanie directed most of the camps, many other people helped in making the camp a success. Many of you prayed and gave financially. Many people helped with planning and gave of their time during camps.

Trampoline - a favorite for kids.
Through the years hundreds of campers attended

Bible quiz time.
Many accepted Christ as their savior, others dedicated their lives to the Lord and many other important decisions were also made.

Chief Canteen Chef

In 1991 Jerry and Bev Lehrman went to work with the Stuckys in the camping ministry. The Lord laid it on Joe and Jeanie's hearts to get back into church planting full time and in August of 1993 they left the camp in the capable hands of the Lehrmans.