My name is Joy Watson and I will be joining ISM in January of 2015!
As a young child growing up in the church my heart always longed to help others. I can remember my first day attending Sunday school and wanting to help the teacher. As I grew older my passion to help others only became stronger. Once a year a singing group from South Africa visited my grandparents’ church and my grandparents housed a few of the children. Talking to these kids brought a smile to my little face, and it was then that my little heart started dreaming of going overseas and helping those in other countries. When I became too old to attend Sunday school I decided then to help the very Sunday school program I was once in. Before my first day as a Sunday school helper was over I was hooked on these little kids. I loved seeing their tiny hearts be filled with joy the same way I was when I was their age, and I knew I wanted to continue doing this.
A few months ago at the overflow youth convention in Kitchener/Waterloo my friend suggested that I check out the Impact School of Missions booth, so I did. After speaking with the representative I knew that this was the program for me! The whole weekend I was struggling with the question of “What next God?” as I was going to graduate high school in a month and had no clue what to do once I was done. By the time I arrived home I was positive that this was the next step God wanted me to take in my life! After what seemed like a very long process, I found out I was accepted to the winter 2015 program in Thailand as well as a 3 month internship at Noah’s Ark in the Philippines, and I could not have been happier!
Being able to go on this trip has been an answer to prayer! It has been my hearts longing for a long time that I am able to go overseas and help with missions work and children, and now I get to do so! I hope that this trip helps me to learn more about the wondrous things that God has in store for me, as well I hope that God will use me to touch the lives of the people in Thailand and the Philippines as I know he is going to use them to touch mine!