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
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
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.
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.