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"I gladly and without reservation commend her for any setting where a story will best communicate the message and capture the attention of listeners."
“Joy has an amazing ability to make the story come to life.”
"Joy’s stories move me to both tears and laughter, sometimes even in the same telling."
I have experienced Joy’s story-telling in a variety of settings – from retreats to birthday parties to ordinations, house parties, and pastors’ breakfasts – and on each occasion she connected with warmth and energy. Sometimes we laughed with her, and other times cried, but we always stay engaged. Her gift grows with an ever-expanding repertoire of stories. I gladly and without reservation commend her for any setting where a story will best communicate the message and capture the attention of listeners. Come to think of it, that is almost anywhere!
James M. Lapp, Conference Pastor, former General Secretary of the Mennonite Church
The planners of our summer sermon series obviously saved the best storytelling Sunday to the end. My husband, who grew up in a storytelling family (sitting around the table, etc.) was SO impressed by your storytelling and your ability/gift. He said, “Now this is what I’ve been looking for all summer!” You are doing what God has gifted you to do, there is no doubt.
Edith E. Yoder, Executive Director, Bridge of Hope National
Thanks so very much for your wonderful gift to us of storytelling. It truly was such a blessing. I am now a convert to how important storytelling is and the value of its impact.
Karene Zimmerman, Church Member
Your story was so wonderful. What a gift to carry into this season....to help maintain perspective and presence.
John Dresher-Lehman, Therapist
Volunteers stop me and thank me for “the best speaker” in a long time! Keep on telling stories – it is a marvelous gift to share!
Joyce Gerhart, Volunteer Manager
Your story yesterday was outstanding. You seem so at peace as you tell – it is as if the story just oozes out of your soul.
Ruth and Galen Swope, Church Members
Comments your listeners shared with me: “I was drawn into the story to the point that Joy disappeared and the characters of the story were there right in front of me”. “Joy has an amazing ability to make the story come to life.” “I felt like I could touch the characters of the story as I listened”.
Audrey Metzler, Program Director
Joy is an amazing storyteller, who draws in her audience with stories that communicate healing and creates within the listener a spiritual awakening. Joy is able to use many forms of stories to reach many people at very different places in their lives, giving hope for life’s journey and healing for the places of sorrow in our lives. One of our retreat participants commented that “my healing began with the first story Joy told about ‘Little Child’.” Thank you, Joy, for being a vehicle of God’s healing in our world through storytelling.
Edith Yoder, Executive Director, Bridge of Hope
Listening to the stories and letting them sink in really had a profound effect. An effect of refilling, refining and cleansing. Joy’s storytelling was unexpectedly touching and meaningful.
Participant evaluation for MCC East Coast Retreat
Joy is a natural born storyteller. She sits down in the chair, opens her mouth and I am enrapt.
Julia M. Buchholz, Retired Campus Counselor and fellow storyteller
Joy’s stories move me to both tears and laughter, sometimes even in the same telling. I find myself almost becoming a part of the story she is sharing.
Debbie Wilcox, Investment Analyst
Joy’s voice transports me to the time and place of the story she is telling, and everything else falls away. Through her stories she opens the window to possibilities of what could happen and my potential feels unlimited. She helps me hear the spaces between the words, and even readings that have been mundane to me come alive.
Sandra Drescher-Lehman, Pastor and Author
With confidence and grace, Joy weaves the threads of storytelling and didactic narrative to entertain, teach, and touch the hearts and minds of her listeners. Her passion for storytelling, along with the fruits of her own life's journey, enrich her presentation and come together in a way that invite and encourage possibilities for new life and self-discovery at a profoundly deep level in each person's relationship with God, self, and others.
Barbara Martell, Supervisor for the Spiritual Direction Practicum, Chestnut Hill College
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