Joy Prim is a mission intern of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church assigned as an outreach associate at the Filipino Migrant Center in Long Beach, California.
Mission interns serve half of their three-year terms in international assignments and half in their home countries. Joy was commissioned in August 2011. Her international placement was with Mission for Migrant Workers in Hong Kong, where she worked primarily with women in crisis—persons who have been physically or sexually abused or who whose employers have abandoned them.
The Filipino Migrant Center in Long Beach engages in community organizing, capacity building, research, referrals, and networking that respond to the needs of the large Filipino migrant community in the South Bay area. Joy assists with case intake and follow-through, and helps to strengthen links with area churches and community organizations.
Joy is a native of North Carolina and a member of the United Methodist Church in Yadkinville. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from the United Methodist-related Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, North Carolina. At Pfeiffer, she was for three years a member of the Teen/College Consultative Board of the Women's Division of Global Ministries, and was a founding member of the United Methodist Women organization at the university. She has worked as a swim team coach and served as an ambassador for Pfeiffer.
Joy grew up in the church in her high school days "really began to form my relationship with Christ." Her involvement in the teen/college activities of the Women's Division gave her a keen sense of the importance of social justice. She reports a decline in her awareness of a personal relationship with Christ during her second year in college, a sense restored during a mission trip to Nicaragua during her junior year. Participation in Salem Chapel, a local mission-driven community, also restored her sense of purpose.
In 2010, she went on a mission trip to Kenya with a group of persons she had never met before, learning lessons about relating to strangers that will help her as a mission intern. "During the trip, I gave to Christ what little control on my life I had and came home with a passion for justice and mission."
: Western North Carolina Annual Conference
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