Eli Gioja

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Eli Gioja

Eli is so excited to be joining us at Camp Wyoming this summer! While he has never been on staff with us, he did serve as a volunteer counselor last year. He’s looking forward to “reuniting with the staff and children that I met last year, as well as building new relationships with new acquaintances! I love people and being a part of their personal growth.” Eli did have the chance to attend a few different kinds of summer camps as a kid, including a fishing camp and a camp where he got to shoot rifles and bows & arrows, which was his favorite part. Now, he’ll have the chance to take part in a full summer here. He says, “I am excited for the opportunity to support Camp Wyoming in their mission this coming summer!”

Growing up on a farm in Champaign, Illinois, Eli is one of 9 kids in his family! Currently, he is a student at Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, Iowa, where he is studying Business Administration and Bible/Theology. He is the Student Body President at Emmaus, which takes up a lot of his free time. As President, he gets to plan and execute events for students. He also enjoys juggling (maybe he’ll put on a show for your group!), soccer, strategy games like chess, and building things with his hands. Eli is a pretty smart guy! He can solve a Rubik’s cube in under a minute! And if you have a conversation with him, be prepared. Eli says he tends to use his eyebrows expressively while he’s communicating.

Eli has a lot of ways that he connects with God, but he says, “One of my favorite ways is to just sit still and observe nature around me and contemplate God’s involvement in this world. A soft rain or snow storm is perfect for this. I also feel closer to God when I am singing or praying with other serious believers.” The natural environment at Camp Wyoming is going to be a great place for him this summer.

Eli’s favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:5: “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.” He says, “This is a great reminder that we should be constantly be seeking to know the things of the Spirit through reading God’s Word and learning from those around us.”