Hi my name is Joyce Kelly and I am so excited to a part of this amazing group of women. First and foremost, everything I do comes out of my gratitude to Jesus for rescuing and redeeming me. I want all that I do to glorify God and that starts in my marriage to my husband Ronn. We have been married 26 years and have walked out everyone of our vows. That brings a richness to our relationship that I would never trade. We have 20 year old twins, who are in their junior year of college. Our daughter Sydney is studying nursing at Samford Unniversity and our son Grant is studying organizational leadership at Southeastern Unniversity and feels called to ministry. I am a business owner, a health care worker, a bible teacher and the founder of a non-profit ministry called Iamfreedomgirl.
Over 10 years ago God awakened me to the reality to Human Trafficking. It was through a Christian Television show and it told of the horrors going on in India. My heart broke at that moment and the burden over the years has only increased. I would go on to learn that it wasn’t just in India it was a huge problem happening all over the world and it was happening here in the Tampa Bay Area. It can seem overwhelming to know where to start where you learn that over 27 million people are in slavery and its a 32 billion dollar industry.
What can one person do? You can do your part!
God would go onto show me that my part was to go into some of the darkest places in my city to bring the hope and love of Jesus. The first month that I walked into one of the clubs, one of the dancers came running up to me and said, “we need you in the dressing room.” I followed her back and found a girl who was hysterically crying and said, “we have been waiting and praying for the church ladies to come!” (that’s what they call us) It was in that moment that God allowed me to feel His heart and I felt my heart burst open! We spent time praying, talking and when I walked out of the club, I realized that there were women in my city that were looking for the same freedom that I have found in Jesus. So how could I not go? That was over 6 years ago and God continues to amazing me at His pursuit of His daughters. He chooses to use the daughters that have found Him to go rescue those waiting.
God called me to start IAMFreedomgirl Ministries over 5 years ago. We go into the clubs to love the women right where they are. We bring individual gifts and baskets for the dressing rooms beautifully wrapped! We want them to know they are worthy of receiving something beautiful. Our message is simple-your are seen, you are loved, and you have value!
I have seen God provide in incredible ways for us to bless these women and their children. That provision continues as you purchase an item of clothing from Kaiya Designs. Your $11.11 will go to help provide hope! Thank you for partnering with Iamfreedomgirl. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me. Our website is iamfreedomgirl.com.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning,festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory. Isaiah 61:1-3