We have some exciting news to share!
Something we’ve been waiting and praying for since we were young kids and heard the call to go.
And the best thing about it all is it’s not even our news—IT’S GOD’S!!
I never imagined God would send us 8,533 miles across the globe to a remote village in Africa without any help from me. Because I always dreamed we would go. I always knew we were called to world missions. But after 15 years of praying and praying for an open door, I began to question what I was waiting for. Maybe God wanted me to go out and find the door. Maybe I was just supposed to jump. Isn't that faith after all?
I never imagined that waiting on God is faith in action.
Because when we wait with faith that God will answer, it prepares us for the answer.
And when God opens the door, there’s no question who will get the glory. It’s His story written in His timing, in His own signature writing.
So we’re going on a journey 8,533 miles around the globe!
Because some journeys are planned for you before you are born.
There is a saying, “Those who leave everything in God’s hand, eventually see God’s hand in everything.” We’ve been AMAZED at the ways God is answering our prayers (even prayers we forgot we prayed). And we’re pretty sure He’s answered above all we ever dared to ask.
BUT EVEN MORE AMAZING than our prayers being answered is the opportunity to BE THE ANSWER to prayers being prayed on the other side of the world!
Can you imagine not having enough clean drinking water for your family? No well to draw water from? And then can you imagine living in an area where drought is common? Add to that difficulty the fact there is no clinic and your children have to walk 14 miles round trip to school every day and many cannot even afford the clothes to attend school. Several months ago, through casual conversation with a good friend of ours whose husband was born in Kenya, God placed the plight of this village in our path and ASKED US if we would do something about it. Little did we know then, God was already opening doors to send us there! He was already busy answering the prayers of a dear woman who has sacrificed endlessly and prayed fervently for years for God to help her village. (I can’t wait to share more about her story).
We believe we are blessed to be a blessing.
I know some people would ask “how can you go with a family of 9?”, but I believe the real question is, “when faced with the need and God’s beckoning call, how can we not go?”
So we took a leap of faith and Joel quit his job last week after several (incredible) confirmations from the Lord and much prayer. He will be working on a church building project here in the states while we raise support. Our goal is to move to Ndituni, Kilaatu, Kenya this summer and help them drill a well for their village. To meet their immediate need of clean water, but more importantly to share the Living Water that never runs dry and floods souls with life and peace--the message of Jesus. The long term goal is to work alongside the people of Ndituni to see a community transformed by the gospel, to build a bridge, a clinic and school, and to build the family of Jesus.
Maybe you would consider partnering with us in changing the future of this village.
We know this is only the first step (first leap) of faith in a journey God has mapped out for us that will span the globe. He has given us a passion for connecting missionaries and local churches, for leveraging our resources and linking arms with the poor and powerless to bring them the hope of the Savior and fulfilling Jesus’ commission. Whether you can commit to pray or give, know that we are deeply grateful for every prayer and every gift, for every one who commits to making this journey alongside us.
Because we need each other, and because we are The Church, the Body of Christ. You and Me.
What a privilege to be the Hands and Heart and Feet of Jesus together.
If you would like to receive an email newsletter keeping you up to date on the journey and how to pray, please send me your email at joyefuljourney (at) gmail (dot) com or leave it in the comments. You can also follow along @joyefuljourney on Instagram, although more specifics will be shared in our newsletter.
If you feel led to give, you can give online at themission.org (scroll down to the square ‘give’, click ‘give online’, after filling out info scroll down in the scrolling box labeled ‘Fund’ and select ‘Joel Dicharry Family/ Africa’) Or you can mail a check payable to The Mission with The Dicharry’s in the memo addressed to: The Mission P.O. Box 1971, Hammond, LA 70404.
God is putting so many things in motion right now and I can’t wait to share it all!! We will be sharing a website for our nonprofit soon (and that’s another story of years of waiting and receiving dreams and visions from the Lord piece by piece and now it’s all coming together!) I’m crying as I type this. Joel and I have been crying tears of joy and incredulity for the past few days—God truly has exceeded all my prayers (and I’ve prayed some pretty big prayers)! God is so good!!
He’s always working all things together for our good and His glory! He’s worthy of it all!!!
Love and Blessings in Christ Jesus,
Joye and Joel and our 7 amazing kids