To be the hands and feet of Christ through hope, education & support.
History of Joyful Journeys, Inc.
Marshall School in Madhavapatnam, India began with 5 students in a small rented house.
The Cutting and Tailoring Center for women in the village to learn the sewing trade was started.
An additional building was purchased to house the first few orphan children in the Valluri’s care.
Through generously donated funds, the house was purchased to accommodate the growing number of students.
Circle of Friends Shoppe building was donated by Immanuel Church to help women in abusive situations obtain basic goods to start fresh.
Additional funds were donated to remodel and enlarge the first orphanage building to create the current Marshall School facility.
Marshall School was officially recognized by the Indian government after meeting specific requirements such as adding a computer lab, science lab, physical education teacher, and 1,000 square yards of playground land.
The orphanage (hostel) level was completed on the Valluri home to house 30 hostel children, all of whom attend Marshall School.
The LIGHT Center is built to teach computer literacy and technology to school children and community members.
Terri’s Dining Hall and Kitchen is constructed to provide adequate space, serving the Hostel and Lunch Bunch children their meals.
The second level of Marshall School and technology centers is added on to the original school building.
Marshall Public School is educating over 450 children and providing employment to dozens of community members!
Circle of Friends Shoppe has been a valuable resource in Washington County for 10 years, serving over 3,900 individuals.
A school bus is purchased to transport students to and from Marshall School.
Dedication of Landowgals Fashion Technology, Cutting and Tailoring Center in Madhavapatnam.
Following a Mission Trip to India in 2020, a passionate supporter of JJI initiated the expansion of the Joyful Journeys Hostel with the building of a separate Boys Dorm. Donations made outside of normal pledges provided sufficient funding to offer these children a more spacious place to call home.
After needing to scrap vehicles that were purchased in the earlier stages of this ministry, a request for a van to help transport the hostel children, as well as to be used for daily marketing was made. In 2022 a Memorial Fund was established in honor of Joyful Journeys Board of Directors Member, Big Bob; through the outpouring of donations, a Mini Bus was purchased.
EventsLove your Neighbor, Even if it’s Awkward! February 2024
Board of DirectorsPresident: Jan Nesladek
Vice-President: Julie Feit
Secretary: Laurie McCann
Treasurer: Jenny Landowski
Board Members Sandy Luft, Elaine Radzinski