Wesley Monumental UMC’s Joy Circle shares joy of the Lord


By Kara Witherow, Editor

About 15 years ago, a handful of women started Wesley Monumental UMC’s Joy Circle group as a way to serve others while socializing. 

The group has grown to include more than 20 women, and each month they choose a different service, or mission, to support.

“We named it ‘Joy’ because we wanted to have the joy of the Lord with our circle,” said Sue Ellis, an active member of the group.

The women recently spent several weeks making washable feminine pads – called Luo pads – for women in refugee camps. Without access to feminine hygiene supplies, many women in developing countries can’t leave their homes and girls miss 20 percent of their school year, Ellis said.

With an easy online pattern and a large sewing room in one of the women’s homes, a dozen or so of the Joy Circle women set to work cutting and sewing.

“We had a lot of fun and sent about 64 Luo pads,” Ellis said. “We know these are needed and used and go where they need to go, so that’s why we did this.”

The Luo pads were requested by Al Goff, president and Chief Executive Officer of Global Aid Network (GAIN), a Christian humanitarian organization that several members of the Joy Circle support. The pads were delivered to women in refugee camps to help them take control of their health and their lives.

“We sent a card with each of the Luo pads that said ‘Wesley Monumental’ and told them that we were praying for them,” Ellis said. “We prayed for the pads before we mailed them, that they would go and that the girls and women who used them would know Jesus Christ because of what we had done.”

An energetic and involved group, the Joy Circle meets regularly to do for others. Several women are involve in the church’s visitation, prayer, and after-school ministries, they make crosses and toiletry kits for the soldiers at Ft. Stewart and Ft. Hunter, and pack Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse, among other outreach efforts. 

“God doesn’t look at us for our works; we live by grace and he saved us because of his love for us, but because we love him and because we have received the love from him and salvation we need to give, we need to tell others, and we need to be working on a daily basis to show our love, and this is one way we can,” Ellis said. “Sometimes talking is good, but sometimes when you can show them and do something for them in the name of Jesus it’s a lot more effective.”