About the Author
Many people contributed to the making of this site (See "acknowledgments"), but this is the testimony of the writer/designer of a majority of the materials on this site.
My name is Joy! I enjoy writing and designing resources for teaching kids, and then putting them to use in various ministries!
Growing up, I went to church every week and lived in a Godly home, but that was not enough. Doing good things cannot make a person right with God. I made several professions of faith, but I still was missing the assurance of a genuine relationship with God.
As a nineteen year old college freshman, God dealt with my heart. An accident on September 13th, 2008 brought me to the realization that life could end at any moment, and that I was living a lie. The conviction was intensifying, but inwardly I was telling God, "No, I want to keep living my way." Satan seemed to whisper in my ear, "What would everyone think if you made a profession of faith again? Even though I was in Bible college, I got to a point where I decided that God would not save someone like me, and I often rolled my eyes at the mention of the abundant Christian life.
In the midst of all the conviction, God brought several people into my life who pointed me to Himself. I began to get anonymous notes in my mailbox with salvation Bible verses and random people telling me they were praying. At first, I questioned the sincerity of their actions and remained defiant towards God. God slowly worked on my heart and I started seeing that Christians were truly loving and joyful and that I lacked such characteristics. Because of my attitude and personality, a majority of students avoided being around me. One girl stood out from the crowd and became a dear friend. All my life I was taught about who God is, but I was secretly convinced that believing and good works were both required to be saved (Ephesians 2:8-9, Galatians 2:16). In my confusion, I still perceived that others around me had a peace that I did not know (Philippians 4:7).
For spring break my freshman year, the friend invited me to her home at a Ranch... I was at one of the lowest points in my life and my friend could tell. Late one night, we watched a movie called Pilgrim's Progress. My friend elucidated that the burden that all men carry is their sin (Romans 3:23), and that Jesus was only One capable of putting that entire burden on Himself (I Peter 2:24). She also explained Matthew 7:13, which showed me that I was walking down a path leading to destruction. I knew that God was convicting me of my sin! After sitting up in bed until almost 1:30 A.M., God brought me to a point where I could not stand my sin anymore. That night, March 17, 2009, I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior (Romans 10:13, Luke 13:3,5).
I remember after getting saved that night, my friend and I stayed up and talked about how nothing can ever take a Christian out of God's hand (John 10:29). In God alone I know that I am set free from the bondage of sin forever (John 8:32).
Following my salvation, I was baptized by immersion on April 19, 2009, as a testimony of my salvation decision.
Throughout my years in college and even now, God has brought many friends into my life to help me grow spiritually. Now, I am graduated from college with a bachelors in missions, and am seeking to tell others about the good news of Christ.
Life was not always smooth after trusting in Christ... After wandering away from God for a while, He made it possible for me to go to a ladies home for several years where I learned how to have a personal walk with God without all the distractions of the world. Everyone has their own story of where they came from and where they are headed, mistakes, and triumphs... One thing my experiences taught me which helps in teaching kids is that you must love people where they're at and never give up on them-Because that's what Jesus has done for us.
Please Note: Some materials (if stated) on this site were written and provided by friends of Joy's, but all are Baptist in doctrine and use only the KJV Bible for consistency and accuracy.
The material on this site is © 2013-2014 by Joy Childers. Usage of these materials is subject to these terms and conditions.