About 10 months ago (February), I learned that a missionary school in Spain needed a secondary English teacher. Because I have always had an interest in missions, and because I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in English education, I began praying about how God might use me at the school in the future.
Fast forward four months (June), and I was having serious conversations with the mission board about where I could serve.
Fast forward another five months (November), and I was completing an interview with the school in Spain.
Fast forward to today (December), and I am doing pre-field ministry (formerly called deputation) to teach secondary English in Spain. If you aren’t familiar with pre-field ministry, it basically consists of three tasks: (1) attending trainings and workshops to prepare for life as a missionary, (2) doing everything possible to learn about the people and the culture that you are about to join, and (3) raising prayer and financial support for your international ministry. As I prepare to move to Spain next year, I want to give you regular updates about my pre-field ministry.
My middle name is Joye (pronounced joy), but that’s not where this blog’s title comes from, not really. Actually, this blog’s title comes from something that happened two decades after I received my middle name.