PROJECT BRING BACK JOY

About Project Bring Back Joy

WE CARE.

We care about demonstrating God’s transformative love to those who have lost their joy to the hopelessness of abuse. We care about finding creative, yet practical ways to put this life-changing love on display. We care about you.

WE DELIVER.

Project Bring Back Joy assists in sheltering abused women and children. We accomplish this through your financial support and spiritual partnership. Our stories are about the radical healing from abuse that is available through God’s love as put forth in his word. Our voices empower young women to recognize their immense value and identity in Christ while identifying abusive relationships and removing themselves from them. We bring back joy.

WE ARE.

We are an organization that helps shelters for abused kids and women through money support,prayer and partnership. We want to help bring back joy to those who feel they have none by showing them God’s love and word. We want to use our voices and stories to show we have been healed and freed from the world of abuse and depression through our blog. We aim to show young girls how to not get caught up in abuse but to know in their heart whose they are in Christ. WE also aim to show girls that abuse whether sexual, physical or mental does not define them.

Our Goal

We want to help bring back joy to people who have experienced abuse. We can accomplish this goal by addressing both the physical and spiritual needs of people with whom we work. Whether abused in the past, present, or both, we want to meet people precisely where they are.

God doesn’t waste our pain. Redemption is the promise of God’s grace. It’s this grace that enables us to take what was meant for evil to bring hope to the broken. At Project Bring Back Joy, we’re called to be vessels of this beautiful reality.

You often hear people refer to victims of abuse as “survivors.” We’re not about showing people how to merely survive. We want to demonstrate that the abused can truly live. Joy can be experienced again, or maybe for the first time. There are so many who are hopeless. You can help us reach out to them.

John 16:22

“So with you: Now is your time of grief,but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and NO ONE will take your joy away again.”

Isaiah 35:10

” and the ransomed of the Lord will return.They will enter Zion with singing;everlasting joy will crown their heads.Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

Our Team

Lesley Stoots

Lesley Stoots

Founder

I’m a 28-year-old. I’m an unashamed dreamer. I dream of change in this world. I dream of the tremendous things people can accomplish when standing together.

I’m an overcomer of physical, mental, verbal, and sexual abuse. For many years, I felt trapped in a cycle of harm and despair. Through all of this, God had not abandoned me. He made a way out of hopelessness and has given me new life. I’ve been called and equipped to reach out to abused women, children, and teenagers. There are three things these beloved of God need to hear:

1. You are unconditionally loved. You may not have ever experienced real love, but there is a perfect love waiting for you.
2. Joy is coming for you.
3. God wants to restore you to your fullest.

I don’t think joy is just another word for happiness. Joy is an integral component of what makes us who we are. Joy is always available, but we have to learn to value ourselves enough to take hold of it. God has enabled me to recapture my joy. I so deeply desire to empower others live in their joy.

I’m a lover of, well, lots. Like my two boys, Gunnar and Weston. Coffee. Shopping. Gilmore Girls. My family. Cupcakes. Taylor Swift songs. Quotes. Reading random facts. The Bible. People. God. Being creative. Writing. AND… I’m a big fan of laughing.

Jillian Lewis

Jillian Lewis

Head of Media

I’m Jillian Lewis. I am a cousin of Lesley.

I’m from the KC area and I’m a senior in high school. I found a passion for domestic violence as the issues became very real to me after Lesley’s abusive relationship.

I’ve been filming and editing videos for a few years now and hope to make that a life long hobby. However, I hope to pursue a career in education or social work. I hope to always work with Project Joy and help Lesley achieve our dreams.

Lesley Stoots

Lesley Stoots

Founder

I’m a 28-year-old. I’m an unashamed dreamer. I dream of change in this world. I dream of the tremendous things people can accomplish when standing together.

I’m an overcomer of physical, mental, verbal, and sexual abuse. For many years, I felt trapped in a cycle of harm and despair. Through all of this, God had not abandoned me. He made a way out of hopelessness and has given me new life. I’ve been called and equipped to reach out to abused women, children, and teenagers. There are three things these beloved of God need to hear:

1. You are unconditionally loved. You may not have ever experienced real love, but there is a perfect love waiting for you.
2. Joy is coming for you.
3. God wants to restore you to your fullest.

I don’t think joy is just another word for happiness. Joy is an integral component of what makes us who we are. Joy is always available, but we have to learn to value ourselves enough to take hold of it. God has enabled me to recapture my joy. I so deeply desire to empower others live in their joy.

I’m a lover of, well, lots. Like my two boys, Gunnar and Weston. Coffee. Shopping. Gilmore Girls. My family. Cupcakes. Taylor Swift songs. Quotes. Reading random facts. The Bible. People. God. Being creative. Writing. AND… I’m a big fan of laughing.

Jillian Lewis

Jillian Lewis

Head of Media

I’m Jillian Lewis. I am a cousin of Lesley.

I’m from the KC area and I’m a senior in high school. I found a passion for domestic violence as the issues became very real to me after Lesley’s abusive relationship.

I’ve been filming and editing videos for a few years now and hope to make that a life long hobby. However, I hope to pursue a career in education or social work. I hope to always work with Project Joy and help Lesley achieve our dreams.

Share The Joy

Project Bring Back Joy is committed to sharing the stories and songs that have blossomed out of healing and restoration from abuse. We want to educate people about other helpful organizations and resources. We want to put JOY on full display. It’s easier to keep battling when hope abounds!

Please contact us. We would love to hear from you.