We started the women's ministries with a Bible study. Then to welcome women who were new to the church we held a newcomer's coffee--Mugs and Muffins. (Of course, we were all new. It was a church plant.) I will never forget that I asked Joy to read a devotional. Her hands were shaking so hard that she could barely read it.
Alas, her husband switched jobs and moved my friend to Phoenix after only six months. I was heartbroken and a bit angry at God and her husband. But God saw a bigger vision than what I did. Joy was only in Phoenix about a month before she became the Women's Ministries director of a new large church plant. As an obedient servant to the Most High God Joy stepped out in faith. She led Bible studies. Joy spoke at retreats. Everything that she feared she faced.
That was 10 years ago. Our friendship has endured the time and the distance. Joy has brought joy to my journey. I can't wait to see what the Lord has planned for the two of us during the next 10 years.