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African Joy: vision comes to reality after 13 years

A Christian who has suffered with chronic fatigue syndrome for 13 years is set to realise a vision to work in East Africa ...

Next month Christian Joy McCann will visit a Christian organisation in East Africa and realise a vision that God gave her during her 13 years of ill health with chronic fatigue syndrome, reports Network Norwich and Norfolk.

In 2002 Joy McCann (25) from New Costessey, Norwich, was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME.  Joy spent years in bed in the dark due to exhaustion and light sensitivity. However it was during this time that she had visions from God of a place in Africa where she was to go to when she was better.

Last year after suffering with the illness for 13 years Joy (pictured below) was healed, through a lot of prayer at her church, Gateway Vineyard, in Norwich.
Now with her muscles recovering and the illness completely gone, Joy will be able to realise the vision that God gave her at an early age and sustained her during her years of illness, by visiting Africa and the organisation Tanzania Bridge of Hope.

Joy explains: “Through an amazing church link-up I met a friend also from the UK, who shared in my calling and connected me with an organisation called Tanzania Bridge of Hope. The organisation work out in rural Mwanza preaching the Gospel and providing practical help wherever they can to the local community.”

Joy and her friend will embark on their three week trip to visit Tanzania Bridge of Hope in April. After so many years of being unwell, Joy is filled with excitement to be able to live out the dream that God gave her.  

She said: “And now I've finally found I'm able to go out and see the vision for myself and just see where God takes it from there. It's so amazing. I really just can't believe it. I just want to share the story with more people because it is so exciting.”

Joy and her friend are currently seeking to raise money ahead of their trip to help Tanzania Bridge of Hope fund a pre-school. They are crowdfunding through Just Giving until the 22 March to raise the first year’s rent on a suitable building for the initiative.

Joy said: "This will be a place where the children will be taught English, Bible stories and early life skills in a secure environment. All these things will give them the opportunity to get good jobs in Tanzania in the future, with the overall aim of raising a generation out of poverty. 

“If you would like to give a donation towards the rent you can rest assured it will result in many smiling Tanzanian children's faces!”

To learn more about Tanzania Bridge of Hope and to donate to Joy’s vision of a pre-school visit the Just Giving page at or the organisation's website 

Main photograph courtesy of Tanzania Bridge of Hope


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