September 2022

Dear Friends of JOA, 

The Trustees of Joy of Abiding wanted to give you an update of answered prayer.  We sent an email on June 7th explaining that we will not have an Advance in 2023, and we asked you to pray with us for what God had in store next for the ministry. We are sorry if you missed that email or had some questions, but we will try to clarify our decision and share with you some exciting news. 

Each spring, we pray and seek the LORD before planning for the next year.  This time, as we prayed about signing the contract with The Cove, we believed that His answer for the Advance in 2023 was “not this time.”  We sensed God’s protection over us as the Advance is a labor of love and, to get the preparation and details done, AT LEAST four to five trustees are needed. At this time there are two of us, as God has called Donna Johns to another ministry focus. We believed that God was not telling us that our season of ministry was complete or even closing the door on possible future Advances. He was simply asking us to wait, pray and rest in Him. 

Now we are excited to tell you of the plans that God has ordained.  With great joy,
we announce that God has put a message on our hearts and called us to gather
in the Midlands rather than on the Mountain. Please join us!

Friday, February 24, 2023 
7:00 to 8:30 pm

God is Not Confused! …Women at the Crossroad

Bible Teaching — Delaine Blackwell
Music — One Purpose & Duchess Raehn

In partnership with King’s Church
Ben Lippen School Chapel 
500 St. Andrews Road
Columbia, SC 29212


Laura and I can hardly wait to see what God has planned as we seek to joyfully abide in Him
while preparing for February 24! 
Thank you for your continued support and prayers for us.

Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom (Luke 12:32).


Listen now to the 2022 Advance – Beautiful Branches Rooted in Truth

Joy of Abiding celebrated their 20th Advance at the Cove in 2022.




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