After completing her YWAM training school, Joan came to Thailand in 1982 from the UK. She was a widow with two grown sons and had such a heart to serve. She was a faithful office staff in Bangkok before moving to the Thai-Cambodian border to serve the Khmer refugees. She had such powerful, simple faith – if God said it – she believed it and held on with tenacity!!
In the days when it was impossible to enter Cambodia, she knew God would make a way – her entry point was as “grandmother”!! Sadly due to medical reasons, Joan had to return to her adopted home of South Africa to be with her sons. While confined in a wheelchair, Joan was heard to say, “Naturally I would love to be able-bodied again but I want to start doing things, as I am; after all look what quadriplegics have managed to do and I am ONLY paraplegic!”
In her December newsletter she stated, “1991 looks like an exciting year!” On March 22, 1991, Joan – who had fought the good fight…kept the faith…finished the race and was given her place of glory with the Lord whom she served so faithfully and unreservedly.
She helped lay the foundation for so much that is happening in YWAM Thailand today and we are grateful for how she kept us on the mark with her straight talk and her great sense of humor. Thank you Lord for allowing our lives to connect.