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The Story of JOY International Academy

JOY International Academy located in Veenendaal in the Netherlands was founded in March 2017. Starting with only four children, it has grown to 30 students.
We have gone through quite a turbulent but exciting time! God has been really faithful. We are thrilled with the way God provides and guides in His perfect time. We have seen the change in our students–in their behaviour and the development of servants’ hearts. They did not become ‘angels’, but we’ve seen remarkable changes in attitudes and actions. It’s so rewarding to hear from parents who share testimonies about how their children have grown and how families have started to change.
Not only the parents, but also the local authorities see a change in the students placed in our care. Some of the students that enrolled in our school had previously stayed home for several months due to personal or psychological challenges. We believe that God created every child uniquely, with a beautiful plan, and the present problems or circumstances do not determine the future for our children. We talk with every child about the dream God has planted in his/her heart and are aware of the importance of personal attention and love to help the child grow towards this dream. We connect this dream with the specific subjects of the curriculum that help them towards reaching it, and it is exciting to see how every child grows.
Does this mean everything is easy? Not at all! But we know that we can trust God Who works so much more than we can think or even imagine (Ephesians 3:20). It is He who owns, builds and provides for the school, far beyond our imagination. That gives us the strength to continue the mission God has given us and our staff to fully depend on God’s provision to serve and live like Jesus day by day with confidence that He who starts a good work will finish it as well!
Together with you in His service,
Bas and Elien Monteban

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