Editor’s note: Joyce is a 25-year-old Global Mission pioneer serving in a country hostile to Christianity. She recently helped plant a church for young people in a city of 10 million people. Adventist Mission editor Andrew McChesney asked her why she decided to become a missionary, and this was her response.

I have one sister, Sarah, and she was born with a congenital heart defect.

My grandmother was very worried, and she looked and looked for the best hospital. But the doctors couldn’t help Sarah. So, my grandmother visited our traditional places of worship to ask for help, but no one there could help my sister, either.

Finally, the doctor told my parents that there was nothing more that he could do.

“Take care of Sarah as best as you can,” he said. “If she wants something special to eat or a new toy, give it to her to make her happy.”

One day, when Sarah was seven years old, a Seventh-day Adventist relative came to visit from far away. She saw that my grandmother was worried about Sarah, and she said, “If you believe in Jesus, you will be blessed.”

So, the next Sabbath, my grandmother took me to church. I was three years old. Grandmother told the church members about Sarah’s heart, and the church members gathered in a circle around us and prayed for us and for Sarah.

Just a few days later, Sarah was healed! Her heart was perfect! The doctor couldn’t believe it. He ran several medical tests, and he couldn’t find any problems with Sarah’s heart. It was a miracle!

The miracle changed my family. My grandmother and my parents started going to church every Sabbath, and soon they were baptized. Then my parents decided that they wanted to tell other people about Jesus. So they quit their jobs, received church training, and became Global Mission pioneers. When my sister grew up, she also became a Global Mission pioneer. Last year, I also decided to become a Global Mission pioneer.

As a missionary, I give Bible studies, I pray with people, and I preach. I work with a partner, another Global Mission pioneer who is 23 years old, and we just opened a new church for young people in this city.

Some of my relatives who aren’t Christians don’t understand why I am a missionary. They tell me to look for another job. My aunt even invited me to work with her, saying I could make good money and send some to my parents to help them.

Sometimes I feel discouraged when I hear such negative words, but my parents pray for me. My mother even fasts and prays for me on Sabbaths. My parents remind me that I am not working for man. I am working for God.

My parents are right. I am working for God. God was so wonderful and powerful in healing my sister. I believe He is leading me every step of the way!

Global Mission pioneers

Global Mission supports thousands of local people, called pioneers, in starting new groups of believers among people groups where there is no Adventist presence. Their ministry wouldn’t be possible without your donations and prayers. Thank you for your support!

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In the United States:

Global Mission, General Conference

12501 Old Columbia Pike

Silver Spring, MD 20904-6601

In Canada:

Global Mission

SDA Church in Canada

1148 King Street East

Oshawa, ON L1H 1H8

This story and others like it can be found in the Children’s Mission magazine at


Andrew McChesney
Office of Adventist Mission