Update to the below biography: Jan 2014
I am an American missionary aiding in the spread of the Gospel Message in Asia, and creating awareness around the globe with my passion for art and photography. The ministry website: http://www.joyfulworksinternationalministries.org provides online resources for information regarding the work in Asia and the Children's ministry materials Joy is presently working on creating. The blogs and newsletters attached to the site encourage others by spreading the Gospel message even further around the world, and enable partners and supporters of the ministry to easily keep in touch with each other, with me, and with the ministry.
I am an artist at heart, and still produce drawings, photography, and other artwork along the way. This website contains the latest in most of my work, which can seem a bit eclectic. This past year, after two strokes and a diagnosis of Stage 3 Parkinson's, I am learning new ways to adjust my artistic talent and finding new talent in hidden areas of art I did not even know existed within me. Stay tuned to the website to see which direction my artwork will take! ---joy neasley
I am a missionary and an artist. I was born in East Texas, but left at age 19. Eventually, I settled in Tennessee. Over the years, I have raised two children who now live in Tennessee. Missionary training began at RBTC in Oklahoma in September 2005, with graduation from the missions group after two years in May 2007. Then, after returning to my hometown, Clarksville, TN, I began preparations to head out to Northern China, which took place in May 2008.
Drawing is a new skill which started in Spring 2009. During a time of recuperating from an illness for several months, I found ample time to spend in prayer. Out of that prayer time, I began to draw and write cards for various people, in which, I was led to spend time in prayer. Before I was finished with these cards there were a little over 60 of them. They were very rough sketches, but none-the-less, what I was led to do. Through this process, I realized what He was doing, and I continued to draw and develop this skill, and still continue to grow and develop. These drawings are the result. As I travel through China for my primary purpose of ministry, I draw, creating a visual journal of what I see.
I really enjoy the drawing and the purposes for which God has placed this gift in my life. A whole new door has opened, and I am walking through that door, eagerly awaiting to see where the road beyond it leads.
In mid-May of 2008 I become a full-time overseas missionary in Asia. I love the people and the ministry work here. I still travel around Aisa and work where needed in association with another ministry here, also. This year, to help share the people I meet with my friends and supporters back home I am working on The 110 Faces of China Drawing Project. I have 21 of these finished, and working hard to get more finished as time permits.
Thank you for your prayers and support!
P.S. - if you want to support this ministry, the fastest way is to make an Online Donation via www.WorldOutreach.org. Go to 'Donate' and select Joy Neasley - Asia. The system can process USA and International cards. Or simply mail your gift to World Outreach Ministries, PO Box B, Marietta, GA 30061, and designate for Joy Neasley Fund Code #87.