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Joanie Tucker
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  • Mansfield, LA
  • United States
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I came to the Lord a broken woman-physically, emotionally, and spiritually. A recent divorce from an abusive husband who vowed that I would lose everything I had - which included my family scattering across the United States, most of my friends, my family’s farm, my treasured job – and left me penniless and moving to a state that was quite a culture change. I had spent 32 years in Michigan raising my family, teaching, caring for my parents until they went to live with the Lord. I was the Executive Director of an Educational Horse Sanctuary that helped those individuals with special needs. And then suddenly I found myself in Texas starting a job that ended up being a hoax…
The first thing my upbringing reminded me of was to find a church. I was as traditional as they come: 18 years as a Sunday school teacher & VBS director, 12 years leading a children’s choir, supporting the efforts in missions through our church leadership. Yet my world was turned up-side down when I began going to a Cowboy Church Texas. The pastor would close each of his sermons with a Call to Christ prayer at our seats. He simply asked us to invite Jesus into our hearts and I thought, “Have I EVER done that? Jesus, have I ever asked you to LIVE in my broken heart?” With that simple act of loving faith, I did so and my life has never been the same.
You see, in all my church experience, I had no idea what an altar call was. But I soon learned quickly how powerful the act of prayer can be on one’s life. After accepting Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I was convinced there was more… I just didn’t know what or how to go about seeking it. The Cowboy Church gave out New Testament Bibles and I began to read it faithfully, cover to cover.
On night, I cried out and asked God, “What is it you want me to do?” And for the first time since I was a child, I heard Him talk to me simply and clearly. “I want you to do what you did at the farm… and include me.” That night, my hands and mind were not my own. For hours I wrote 40 lesson plans based on scripture much in the style of a Vacation Bible School format that utilized my "horse partners" when we worked with special needs individuals.
Today, I am working on becoming an ordained youth minister. Though God has not guided me to my new "homestead" yet, I am so happy to do the Lord's work wherever He wants me. I pray that He will show me the way to a new job, life, and church family soon!
How did you find out about ICCAN?
I found out about ICCAN through a Cowboy Preacher's wife. Very happy I did!!

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Love to Share God's Blessings In Music??

I am volunteering at a small church in Pelican, Louisiana in Youth Ministry and wondered if there are musicians or groups that would be willing to visit and share their talents for us?  Just an hour from the border of Texas.  Please contact me at ponie712@yahoo.com  Thank YOU and God Bless America!

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 10:03am

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At 9:40am on July 12, 2017, Jan Harbuck, Network Manager said…

Happy Birthday Sister!

At 3:45pm on July 12, 2016, Jan Harbuck, Network Manager said…

Have a wonderful birthday form your ICCAN friends!

At 9:44am on July 13, 2015, Jan Harbuck, Network Manager said…

Blessed birthday from your ICCAN family!

At 1:02pm on July 12, 2014, Jan Harbuck, Network Manager said…

Happy Birthday from your ICCAN family!

At 10:10am on June 12, 2013, Rocky Morris, Founding Director said…

"Howdy Joanie, and welcome to ICCAN.....so good to have you here on the network!!!"

At 10:00pm on June 10, 2013, Jan Harbuck, Network Manager said…

Hi Joanie, welcome to ICCAN! What an awesome testimony...thanks for sharing. God is truly using you mightily for HIS glory. Glad the Lord sent yiu our way. I come from Logansport...just down the road from Mansfield:)

At 1:36pm on June 10, 2013, Andy Starks,ICCAN Int'l Director said…

Greetings from Andy Starks, ICCAN Education Director, and pastor of Cornerstone Cowboy Church in New Iberia, Louisiana. CornerstoneCowboyChurch.com

It's great to have you in the ICCAN "family." Take some time to look around the site and enjoy the music, messages, photos, and videos. Check out our ICCAN store, along with the Round Pen Bible Institute and "Church Directory" and "Ministry Directory" pages. Let us know if you want the church you are senior pastor of, or the ministry you are personally involved in, to be listed on one of these pages. WELCOME TO ICCAN!

 
 
 

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