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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In January, JOY students spent their winter break dreaming bigger, serving others, and finding out what it means to live joyfully. Here are 5 things we did in JOYful January!
"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!'"
"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."
"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."