Joan Provider Nanfuka has a storied past—a life of hardship, but more importantly, a life of overcoming.
Raised in a Ugandan orphanage, Joan knows the sting of a difficult childhood. But, Joan has always been adamant in her trust of the Lord.
“I honestly trusted God for the next step. I lived day-by-day, and I trusted God to open doors —which he did.”
One day a group of missionaries came to the orphanage and a family connected with Joan. Once they met her, they made the decision to adopt her.
Joan’s life took a dramatic turn for the better, and she came to America into the arms of a loving family. She attended a private, Christian high school and discovered she could dare to dream. Despite overcoming language barriers, cultural differences, and getting acquainted with a new family—Joan thrived.
“I accomplished high school only through God’s provision.”
After applying to College of the Ozarks and receiving her acceptance, Joan knew a new chapter of her life was about to begin.
“From a Ugandan orphanage to C of O—my life has been a journey…this school was an answered prayer.”
One such blessing is the chance to work, rather than pay, for her education. She has worked in the Keeter Center Bakery, Cash Box, and now Nettie Marie’s College Creamery. Here she offers her smile and ice cream made from fresh milk from the C of O dairy.
“I enjoy meeting people, and the creamery is the perfect place to be for that.”
Joan’s passion for people extends to her major—a double major to be exact. As a Psychology and Human Biology major, Joan plans to be a doctor someday.
“Ultimately, I want to go to med school. I want to be a doctor. Also, music has always been that one thing that has helped me overcome, and I love to sing.”
Intelligent and talented, Joan’s time at College of the Ozarks isn’t through yet—she will graduate in May 2016.
and receive a pack of C of O zinnia seeds!