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The Genesis of Joy Faith

"Since the age of twelve I have known in my mind and my heart that I would one day lay hands on people and pray for them as the need was expressed. This happened during a time when an evangelist visited our school and prayed over each student.  He prophesied into my life that God would use me to minister healing, deliverance, and salvation.  God had spoken to my heart, although I did not understand the fullness of what He was calling me into and the journey it would take to get there.  I had no idea of when and how this call on my life would take place and my purpose in God would be realized...

I continued in my early teen years to teach Sunday school, go door to door witnessing, and lead people to Christ as I sought after God with total abandonment.  I asked Him to show me more, but things changed for me when He did because I was not ready. Seeing people healed and set free before my eyes, I recognized the incredible power of God but I couldn't understand it, and I couldn't understand why I had to endure my own circumstances as He saved others.  Although I never once lost sight of who God is, and I always loved Him, I ran from the things of God because I was still a child and simply not ready to surrender!

In my early thirties, I was broken, tired of running and in a place of complete surrender, and I began to realize that the Lord had been orchestrating my own deliverance for years.  I could see all the times that the Lord had delivered me from oppression and the circumstances of my youth and healed me both physically and emotionally, and I could feel my disappointment turn to hope. The Holy Spirit had to teach me these things after years of walking with Him and years of failing that would eventually bring about what I needed from the Lord: freedom! From then on, I knew God had restored my life and made me whole, and that my purpose was to serve God and to bring glory to His name.


My eventual healing and deliverance have given me a greater anointing to help the people of God take back territory that the enemy has stolen.  I have reached a point in my life that I have learned much and matured in the faith.  I walk in the fullness of the calling to minister salvation through sharing the message of the gospel, minister healing through prayers for the sick, and minister deliverance through the name of Jesus.  By the power of the Holy Spirit, He does the miraculous and sets captives free. These areas have become my heart and passion for the ministry.  I am filled with the  joy of the Lord and walk in faith, continually transformed by the word.  "My old self has been crucified with Christ.  It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20 (NLT). 


The name for this ministry goes back nearly as long as the calling God placed on my life.  I grew up in foster homes with a number of military families on the island of Guam who came and went.  Eventually I was placed with a foster family who were missionaries and church planters to the island of Guam.  My heart is filled with gratitude for the foster family, for it is through them that the mercy of God in my life shone through, and I saw what would be the beginning of God's way of aligning and redeeming things for His greater purpose and glory by being given the name Joy Faith.  I believe that this is a name God chose for me as part of becoming a new creature in Christ.  I am Joy Faith to my family who prayed for me to return to the unique call on my life by simply returning to God and allowing Him to redeem all things.  I am a testimony of what God can do to transform a life from ashes to beauty.  I continue to be in awe of what was once impossible and receiving the truth of God's word that in Him all things are possible!"

- Joyce Thilges

Apostle, Senior Pastor, Hometown Church. Founder & President, JFMI

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