We are so excited to welcome Joy MacLean to our CNMC team, as the new ESL Coordinator. Joy arrived to Cactus from Illinois. She graduated in May 2021 from Olivet Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Social Work. In her final semester, Joy worked with refugees, asylees, and immigrants as the Employment and Job Readiness Intern at World Relief in Chicago. Joy’s introduction to cross-cultural engagement started early when her family moved to Beirut, Lebanon when she was 9 years old. Her friendships with Lebanese, Arab, Palestinian, French, and Jordanian children sparked her interest in working between cultures, building bridges, and developing relationships. In high school and college Joy participated in cross-cultural trips to Basque Country in Spain and South Africa. At CNMC, Joy enjoys continuing to build relationships cross-culturally through teaching English and aiding with children’s programs. We are blessed to have her as part of the team.