Of the five Children, Joy was the fourth. Being a bright student and an excellent orator, she was always among the best in school. She grew up to do her Masters in English, in Public Administration and in Economics. Though she was born to a great servant of God, she never was a believer, career and family was on her mind and indulged in reading all books other than the Bible.
The month of June 1992, a year before Pastoramma expired, Joy had a vision, a powerful one. She sees a multitude of people, the voice -“RISE AND SHINE”. The cup of God’s hand, trembling with fear she hears again “Fear not” (Isaiah 41:10) This was the calling and it was just the beginning. A series of visions appeared to her and she knew for sure that she was born to serve the Lord. All too excited and wanting to serve him, Joy decided to start a prayer meeting for women and called it “United Women’s Fellowship” (UWF) and printed a few pamphlets and distributed them personally at a few houses. Having three kids and a demanding bank job, it was very difficult managing everything together. She had very little co operation from her very own people but she was not willing to give up on her calling.
The wonder working God:
In the early days of her ministry, Joy never knew how to preach, or how to sing and praise God, but our God is a wonder working God, he lets us see his strength in our weaknesses. Fasting and praying for 50 days, Joy was filled with the anointing of God and became a powerful messenger of God’s word.
God’s work: Fulltime
What started as a small prayer meeting for women, slowly grew into a wider ministry and was soon inevitably called “United People’s Fellowship” (UPF). The year 2000, Joy left her cosy Bank post and came to fulltime ministry and dedicated herself fully to God’s work. The Ministry soon flourished into several wings and diversified into distinct ministries for Men, Women, the young and the old.
Interdenominational MinistryA ministry that is interdenominational and not bound by any barrier in the name of Denomination, Caste or Creed, UPF believes that everyone belongs to Christ for he laid down his life to save us from our sins. United Peoples' Fellowship became a platform for God's servants of all denominations to preach to word of God. Never before had so many Pastors from different churches gathered under the same roof as they did in this unique ministry. Senior Pastors from varied backgrounds such as Pentecost, Baptist, Methodist, Wesley, Lutheren, etc., have been guests at UPF.
Isaiah 61:1-3 as our vision:
“An interdenominational ministry to preach good tidings to the meek, to bind the broken hearted… to comfort all that mourn”
Every week, 2000 people gather to hear the word of God through Joy Cherian in the very church that was established by her father Rev. Pastor A.N. Mathews. Rev. Dr. Joy Cherian is the Founder-President of United People’s Fellowship and now carries the torch of a glorious ministry of a Great God.
1000 TITLES OF GOD SERIES:
Joy started this unique series called the “1000 Titles of God” in 3rd February 2002. Seven new titles of God from the Holy Bible were preached in the Sunday service. Each of the 1000 titles were explained in detail. This series took 3 ½ years and was successfully completed on June 5th 2005. Thousands of people attended this series and were blessed. Literature on the 1000 titles is available at our office.
1000 PROMISES OF GOD SERIES:
Joy started another unique series called the “1000 Promises of God” in 3rd August 2003. Seven new promises of God from the Holy Bible are preached in the Sunday morning service. Each of the 1000 promises are explained in detail. Attend the morning service at UPF and claim the promises God has in store for you. Literature on the 1000 promises is available at our office.
POWER OF PRAYER SERIES:
A new series called the “Power of Prayer” starts from July 3rd 2005. God willing, one of the prayers in the Holy Bible is explained in detail by Joy Cherian in the Sunday Evening Service. Come, participate and feel the presence of God.