As Founder and Executive Director of JOY International, Fran Dwelle connects with women of all ages and stages in life. She has always had a desire to encourage women to live well. She believes the best way to live well is by being a devoted follower of Jesus Christ.
Fran, her husband, and three daughters were involved in Christian missions in Eastern Europe for 15 years. They lived both in communist Yugoslavia (Croatia) and Vienna, Austria. Desiring international women to experience Christís love and grace, she and a team of her friends founded JOY International in Vienna.
Wanting to see North Dakota women share Christís love and grace with other women, she launched JOY International in Bismarck in 2006. She values and thanks God for the women on the leadership team and the many volunteers who share in the JOY ministry. She is excited about the plans to launch JOY Chapters in other cities in North Dakota.
Fran and her husband, Arland, currently live in Bismarck, North Dakota. Her Italian heritage may explain her love of music and Italian cooking. Playing piano is a favorite pastime. Walking by the Missouri River or having coffee with a friend are her favorite daytime activities. She enjoys travel, especially to visit her three adult daughters and their families on the East Coast. Her grandchildren are her pride and joy.
Experiencing Godís goodness is a constant help and comfort in Franís life, especially through some physical challenges. She believes that God works all things out for His good purpose. Fran cherishes each new day and looks forward to the future with hope and joy. Her theme verse is, ďThe Lord is my strength and my shield. My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. Therefore my heart exalts, and with my song Iíll praise Him.Ē (Ps. 28:7)