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The Contagious Joy of Joy Prom

The first time I heard about Joy Prom, I instantly felt drawn to be a part of it. I had previously worked at a summer camp for several years that hosted a camp for adults with special needs, and it was always my favorite week of the summer. I learned during those weeks that friends with special needs have much to teach us about life, especially regarding joy and loving others unconditionally. Being a part of Joy Prom provides countless opportunities to be changed by Christ and used by Christ.

Last year, my small group and I served as Paparazzi, and we had a wonderful time welcoming the guests and seeing their joyful reactions. Their joy was utterly contagious, at times even bringing tears to our eyes. What I learned as we cheered and clapped for the guests on the red carpet is that Joy Prom not only makes them feel special, but it also has a profound impact on the family members who get to see their loved ones celebrated as the remarkable people they are.

I also learned that serving with a group makes Joy Prom even more meaningful than serving on one’s own. I served two years ago by myself as an Evening Host, and though I had a great time, serving alongside my small group gave me the opportunity to share special moments with close friends, making the evening even more memorable.

Being involved with Joy Prom made such an impression on me the last two years that I decided join the Access Ministry, where I get to spend an hour each Sunday learning more about how amazing God is alongside friends with special needs. Just like they do at Joy Prom, my new friends continually show me what it means to love unconditionally and live joyfully. If you're considering signing up for Joy Prom, don't hesitate, even if you're a little nervous. There are a variety of ways you can serve and even more opportunities to learn. And I guarantee your heart will be touched.

Lindsey Feltman






Time is running out - learn more and view volunteer opportunities at Joy Prom before volunteer registration closes. This year's Joy Prom will be held on Friday, April 15.


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