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Joy is the proud wife of a missionary pilot and blessed mommy to five. She and her family have lived in Indonesia for the last eight years and recently made the move to Uganda, Africa. She loves good books, great conversation, hot coffee, traveling the world, and most of all,...

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  1. To see your lovely face and read your beautiful story here? It makes me, well, joyful! Oh-so!

    What a gift you have of bringing us into your world, showing us the Hope found in difficulty and suffering. The way you radiate Jesus through every word and action – just like that you described above – makes others want to know Him, too. And you make *me* thrilled to know you. You are the real deal and a thousand kinds of wonderful.

    Happiest of Mondays to you, friend! xoxo

  2. Praying with you that her heart heals as her eye has, that she is able to finally *see* the one who goves us grace and heals all of our wounds. What a story you are living. What a beautiful, life changing story you expirience every day as you serve Him. Many blessings, Joy. You are such a gift to us.

    • Thank you Kris. Yes, keep praying for her sweet heart. I would love nothing more in life than to see her one day in Heaven. 🙂
      You are so kind.

  3. I have just found your blog and am so blessed to read this story. What joy it is to see people living gospel-centered lives, and praying for this lady that she may one day “see.”

  4. This is so precious, truly what Christmas is about. Thank you for sharing.
    Christmas Blessings to you and your family.

    • Yes, it is what Christmas is about, isn’t it?! You are so welcome. I pray that you and your family are blessed this Christmas as well! Thank you for commenting!

  5. What a joy that she is healed! May God heal her soul as well. I pray that He will. Thank you for blessing us with this story and the gift you have with words that glorify God.

  6. Just like Jesus Joy! He took the mud, put it on the blind man’s eyes and healed! The true healing comes though when they see Jesus! Praying with you that she will one day, too!

    You know what I also see here? We live blessed. And to give, is far more a blessing than to receive!

    Thanks friend.

    • Yes, dear, you are so right. We do live blessed and it really is more blessed to give than receive, so, so true.
      Thanks for commenting friend!

  7. {Lord, we pray that you would bring her from darkness to light! Use Joy for your glory in this woman’s life! Bring great fame to your name as you heal this woman’s blindness! Continue to give them wisdom as they care for the poor.}

    Excited to hear of all the Lord will do!

  8. Oh Joy – that they might see!!! What an amazing picture…of not just the physical but spiritual. Your real life ministry is inspiring.
    Thanks for this reminder today!
    Courtney

  9. What a beautiful story… made me weap… I am so grateful for vision… both in my eyes and in my soul! Thank you for sharing this!

  10. What a beautiful story! How wonderful that this lady can see again. And I hope that one day she will “really see,” as you say.

  11. what an ispiring and touching story. you tell them so beautifully also. you are a real inspiration!

    • Yes, Lisa, you are so right. She is a huge blessing in my life! I’m so glad to you see that perspective!! 🙂

  12. What a beautiful real-life story! I pray that your friend comes to know the Lord through prayer and your example!
    My favorite Christmas memory is the one when we were at my in-laws for the holidays (we only get to see them about once a year now) and the whole family got together before hand, by phone and e-mail to get together to recreate the Virgin Mary’s birth for Jesus. Everyone had a part. It was a surprise for my husbands parents. We had this event in my sister-in-laws open ended barn, she had decorated it beautifully, but simply with a door, greenry and a cross made of barbed wire. We had real live calves with wreaths and bells. Oh it was cold, but one read the story and the grandchildren played out the scene in Bethlehem that perfect night. We sang, prayed, gave Glory to God and dedicated it to my inlaws for all they had done for us and what incredible examples they are for our families. Oh and it started snowing that wonderful Christmas Eve.

  13. You are so right! It can be “easy” for us to give financially to help people eat, or have clothing, or send children to school. But the ultimate goal of our loving others through our deeds & finances is to see them come to know the Living & True God! That is the most difficult task of missionaries. Our family will pray for yours as you continue to witness to this dear child of God.

    • Thank you Toni. Yes, it is always a challenge to figure out what the best path is. I just have to stay close to Jesus, because He always makes it clear! 🙂

  14. What a wonderful thing….the gift of sight! You are a true blessing to those you work with as well as to those of us that are blessed ourselves through your blog! I absolutely love this post! Thank you for my tears as I read this post! You have blessed me today! May God bless you and your family this season!

  15. OHHH I LOVED your post today, Joy! How God uses you to minister to those in your life is so inspiring and humbling! 🙂 Joining you in praying that one day she will allow God to truly help her “see”. 🙂

    • Thank you sweet friend. I am so blessed to have so many praying for my sweet friend. I am SOOO excited to see what the Lord is gonna do!

  16. Loved your post Joy…it reminded me of a young girl in Bolivia, South America who had a huge growth on her face. She would keep her hair comb mostly to that side of her face. Surgery was cheap in comparsion to what it cost in the US and like you we were rich in comparsion to those around us. Hard to believe helping someone could cause a cultural problem but you know well how it can. Finally we had a green light from the Lord to help her get the surgery. Several of us missionaries helped in getting her to a city, we were 150 miles to the city. I so remember seeing her after the surgery and being filled with such joy over the fact she wore her hair off of her face. To this day I can see her face. Here in the states we have tons of organization, welfare, and other ways of helping people build into our system but in those third world countries the poor are really poor without any way of getting help.

    God bless your sweet heart for all you and your husband do….my husband and I only wish we had another life to give to serve overseas. Never, I mean never had one day of regret about our years over seas.

  17. What a great story! I am so glad you and some friends were able to help her. I was holding my breath, hoping for a happy ending!

  18. Oh, this story brings back such amazing memories for me. I am a surgical nurse and I worked on the mission field in Peru with 2 eye surgeons. How incredible it was to hear the stories, the visual distortions and the pain only to watch them come out on the other side seeing! Not only that, but having the opportunity to share the Gospel, hoping their spiritual eyes would be opened. Many came to know him! So thankful…

    Love your heart and ministry. I consider myself blessed to have been introduced to you at Relevant!

  19. dear sister in Christ JOY, I do so enjoy your and your husbands blogs. Say did you try the M M S for your mysterious illness some time back in the states? Finding a good parasitologist M>D> in the usa is a challenge.God bless john