In the fall of 2002 Pastor Hosea and wife Debbie Bilyeu were preparing to embark on a mission unlike anything in their 23-year ministry.  The Bilyeu family had accepted an invitation to lead a week-long summit of missionaries from throughout Western South America.  Hosea recruited additional teachers, two musicians and a physician to join the team.

The Peru Team

Before the team had ever left the United States Hosea had developed a burden for these families that had "left all they had" to follow the Lord in service to a foreign land.  That burden only intensified as the week's events unfolded.

The days spent in Chosica, Peru were filled with sweet fellowship, but more significantly, the entire
team was overwhelmed by the missionaries' sincere desire to be motivated and ministered to.
For some it had been years since they had experienced corporate worship in their native tongue.

A week's not enough...

At the conclusion of that week in Peru, Hosea called the team together and asked they all submit to the Lord in prayer concerning future missions of encouragement for those in the field.  It was Hosea's belief that this team's mission wasn't fulfilled in the week spent in Peru.

A conviction confirmed...

A few weeks passed upon returning from Peru, and the team was re-assembled to discuss what had happened, and to determine God's direction on future missions.  The team was unanimous in their conviction that a genuine need was shown to reach out to these warriors in the field.  The feelings of isolation and emotional fatigue that every Christian faces are only intensified in a foreign environment, whether domestic or overseas.

As a result...

Hosea and Debbie chartered Wells Of Joy to help fund and coordinate these mission endeavors.  Similar events have been coordinated and teams taken to encourage and equip believers in Guatemala, Mexico, Zambia, Honduras, Ecuador and Nicaragua. Plans are in place for Wells of Joy to return to Nicaragua, and for Hosea to journey to Haiti to equip and teach indigenous pastors!

With Hosea's transition in ministry from senior pastor at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri, the ministry has transitioned to a working name of Hosea Bilyeu Family Ministries. Our mission remains the same. Wells Of Joy is a 501-C3 non-profit organization committed to increasing the joy of the servants of the Lord.  That mission is ongoing in both international and domestic endeavors. Merchandise sales and donations are the primary fund generating mechanisms for our ministry.

Support our ministry!

Wells of Joy is entirely funded through the stewardship of individual donations and fund-raiser events. Donations may be made easily using the following Paypal link:

Our Purpose - from our founder

The desire of my heart is for every man, woman and child to come to a full relationship with Jesus Christ as both Savior and Lord.

God has been good to my family, blessings of music and laughter abound when we are gathered together.  It is a sweet time, every time.

It is the same in God's family.  There is a sweetness when the body of Christ is together. There is a lifting of burdens and a place to share the grief and hardship that come with life here on earth.

It is our desire to minister joy through this ministry.  If you feel called to partner, either through prayer or a financial gift, may God bless you and may you drink from the wells of salvation!

                                                         -  Hosea Bilyeu