by Joan Jones (she is pictured above with her son Earl)
The end of April will close my sojourn here at the National House of Prayer where I've been in residence since the first week of September, 2007. Having been asked to furnish NHOP with a short biography, here goes.
After teaching elementary primary for twenty years, I retired because my husband retired after working for Bell Canada for 35 years. I have always been glad of my retirement in 1983 as we were able to spend time together before his death in January of 1990.
In September of 1990 I attended the Hebron Ministerial Institute in Waverley N.Y., later renamed Zion Ministerial Institute, and graduated in April 1992 as a trained missionary, whereupon I went to India for the following 6 years to teach the Word of God. My first term was spent at Birmitrapur, Orissa where I taught a group of young Christian ladies. The following 5 terms were spent at Kuramunda, Orissa where I taught male pastors.
I left India in March of 1998 and spent the next few years at home, and babysitting my two youngest grandchildren until they entered school. In 2005-6 I attended the Supernatural Training School in Abbotsford, B.C. and fulfilled a mission trip to Trinidad and Tabago where we ministered in the inner cities to cancer patients,at orphanages, in prisons, and held evening services on the streets.
When I saw, in the NHOP newsletter, their request for prayer missionaries, I applied and was accepted. I have had a wonderful time here praying together with like-minded people who desire to see God glorified the length and breadth of this great land, Canada.
"Oh that men, would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!" Ps. 107:8,15,21,31, I totally concur with the author of this Psalm.
Parliamentarians make great personal and family sacrifices to live in Ottawa. Please take time to consider coming to NHOP for a few weeks or months where daily representatives sit in the galleries of the House of Commons or in the Senate, if you prefer, to pray for wisdom, health and strength for those who determine the direction of this nation. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 "Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that WE may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the Truth." Amen and Amen.