In our spring newsletter, you'll get up-to-date on all things JOY, see our impact, and meet students like Cory Pisano:
"Just two weeks ago my pastor at church said at service that “we all end up somewhere, but not all of us end up somewhere on purpose”. That message hit me hard as I pursue this plan of spending two years back serving the children in the Dominican Republic. This whirlwind started with JOY, and I now want nothing more than for it to end in joy."
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"Our hands have a purpose and out of using them for that purpose, we experience the fullness of joy."
"...experiencing true joy isn't about what you have, but about who you're with."
"Living in poverty does not mean to be poor in spirit. Although they had more troubles to count, the Dominican people were full of so much life and happiness. I saw the joy in almost everyone and it was so contagious."
"I used to think you had to be someone special for God to use you, now I know all you have to do is say 'yes!'"
“JOY is the spark, when you realize that we can make a difference and life is beautiful. Joy is hope for what life gives you."
"The children taught me that joy is something that cannot be taken away. It is everlasting and it triumphs over any and all bad circumstances."
"The lessons I learned while working with JOY in the DR came solely through my experiences on my trip. "
"She constantly reminded me that joy does not come from our circumstances. No matter what we may be going through, we can and should always find our joy in Jesus."
"I've discovered that sometimes, God shows glimpses of Himself through unexpected people, in foreign places, and through unpredictable circumstances."
"I have found that true joy is saying yes when God asks, no matter how it may interrupt my own life or how uncomfortable it might make me."
“Joy is something that grows and changes for me every day. It is an ongoing and learning process.”