Johanna is the 4th child of 8 biological siblings. Her parents started taking in medically needy children when she was 17 years old. The family’s niche has been caring for babies and children who are terminally ill, but they’ve also brought home and nurtured other children with lighter medical issues, including a set of triplets!
God has given Johanna a heart to serve Him by caring for children in need. For several years her to the countries and people of Southeast Asia. In 2104 Johanna felt God calling her to Thailand and she joyfully went, landing in Chiang Mai in April of 2015. Since then she has been working and living at Baan Jai Dee “Home of the Kind Hearted”. Baan Jai Dee is a home that rescues “at risk” children who have been abandoned, relinquished or orphaned.
The children at Baan Jai Dee are very much a part of her everyday life. Johanna spends much of her time with the kids when they are home from school and during school breaks. She enjoys playing with them as well as helping them through their daily routines, driving them to school, and doing meal prep for them. Johanna also takes time each week to teach English classes to the children. When she is not doing English prep or spending time with the kids she is doing odd jobs around the Baan Jai Dee office. Johanna loves helping to provide a nurturing and safe environment for the children to grow, thrive, be loved, and told about Jesus Christ.