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  About Faith Academy  
   
     
  Tributes to
MISS. JOYCE JANET KHANNA
Sr.Consultant and First Indian Principal of Faith Academy Senior Secondary School

S. Robert,
Honorary Manager
Faith Academy

Many souls are born and go away, but, only some leave their imprint in the lives of many. Miss. Joyce Khanna is certainly one among them. A dedicated and God fearing person, she served her dear Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ faithfully till the last breath of her life. Born in Conoor, Tamil Nadu on 16.08.1932, as the eldest of six siblings ( Chandrapal Khanna, Sunderlal Khanna, Dr. Mrs. Lalita Edwards, Dr. Mrs. Vijaya Hedberg & Dr. Arthur Khanna),Miss. Joyce Khanna studied in Isabella Thobourn College, Lucknow. A gifted teachers, she began her career teaching initially in Cambridge School, Bhopal and moved out to the prestigious Clarence High School in Bangalore to teach Hindi. A call came to her to submit and return. She came back to Bhopal and applied to Faith Academy in Delhi and Wynberg Allen School in Mussoorie.


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16.08.1932 – 03.02.2017

What she did not expect was that Faith academy was housed in rented building and in small small rooms in East Patel Nagar. Rev. John L. Dorsey went to receive her at the station, only to come back disappointed saying another Indian had let him down. What happened was , before he could locate her, she took a cab and reached Faith Academy much before he returned to the school. The interview at 13/15 East Patel Nagar was a landmark in her life as she was offered to take up the responsibility of a school with 300 students that too functioning in rented buildings. Both Mr. and Mrs. Dorsey solidly stood behind her and with grit and determination to raise the standard of the school which started attracting more students. Finally, when the school moved to its present majestic structure in Prasad Nagar, Miss Khanna was able to raise the students strength to more than a 1000 and set a standard for Christian schools in the Capital. The commitment of the Founders to teach the Word of God was followed faithfully. Vere Foster Handwriting was a must. She retired in the year 1994 and served as Consultant of the school till her last breath except for a three year stint at Pandita Ramabai Mukti Mission , Pune. Her strength was her thundering voice which drove everyone to finish their tasks on time. A strict disciplinarian, Miss. Khanna had never failed to show grace to those people who are in need of solace and comfort. A large number of people in East Patel Nagar and Bapa Nagar, all got education during her tenure. She contributed tremendously to the work of the Evangelical Fellowship of India. A lover of gardening, she bought hue and colour to the school gardens, which wins several prizes every year.

One thing about Miss. Khanna is that if a job is given , you can take it for granted that it is done. It was not an easy battle for her to ward off the challenges she faced in her 40 years or more in Delhi. She remained a spinster and gave her best to the work of God.

Even during the frail last days of her life, she never failed to think of the Church and her dear Faith Academy and its Ministries. While writhing in pain in the ICU, her last words were, "By God's grace, I am okay." She loved her brothers and sisters dearly and also all of us. We are sure that her soul is now in the presence of God. She is now resting in the bosom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and comforted by Him, as she had reached Him after an ardous and tiring journey. The grief is ours, but, the joy is hers.
May her life, her dedication and the obedience may set an example for all of us to follow to bring glory to God.


Mohan Chacko,
President
Christian Educational Society

It is my privilege to share a few memories of Miss Khanna with you this evening

Miss Khanna and I became members of the Christian Educational Society (CES) at the same time – sometime in the early 1990's, I believe. I had met her several times before that as Principal of Faith Academy. Rev. John L. Dorsey, who was President of the Board of Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where I serve, used to share with me about Miss Khanna's abilities and contributions.

I must confess that in the beginning years especially I was a little scared of her. She was efficient, disciplined, and very good in her work. Without hesitation she would express her disappointment with those who failed to meet her high standards. But then she would equally be generous with her words in appreciating those who were faithful. I felt bad when she scolded people for various shortcomings. But I also found out that she was full of concern for those under her. She would often speak tenderly about them. She knew the situations of their families – who were sick, who were going through difficulties, etc. She always remained interested in people. She was compassionate to those who were underprivileged. It is her compassion and vision that lies at the foundation of several programs and projects of CES. She was totally committed to the work of CES, and took delight in making sure that even the smallest details were taken care of. I camped in her office whenever I visited the school, and she made sure that my stay was comfortable.

For her love to me and my family, I will always be thankful. CES will always remain grateful to her for her contribution to the growth of God's Kingdom. May He alone receive all glory and honour!


C Sundaraj,
Member
Christian Educational Society

Family Members, Colleagues, friends of Miss Joyce Khanna,
Our hearts are filled with both sadness and thanksgiving today: we are sad because today we experience the loss of the last "Three Yolk Fellows" Rev, John L Dorsey, Mrs Mary P Dorsey and Miss Joyce Khanna who dedicated their lives to the Work and Ministry of Faith Academy and Christian Educational Society; thanksgiving because what the life of Miss Khanna meant first to the Lord Jesus and then to each one us.

"Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints" says the Psalmist, the death of our dear sister is precious because the LORD has redeemedher life from oppression and violence of sickness. All her suffering in her flesh has come to an end. She has safely reached her destination of eternal home of joy which Christ the Lord has prepared for her.
I stand as a witness to her very humane and kind heart, which was quick to appreciate when something worthwhile seen and equallyquick to chide when something didn't meet her bar of excellence. She was compassionate and gracious to many of us and we have experienced her love in action on many occasions.
Ms Khanna was an embodiment of hard work and entrepreneurship combined with admirable fund raising capabilities. For her, raising a rupee for the cause of the School and Society was as important as raising large sums. God honoured her commitment in marvellous ways.
She admirably combined her two attributes of toughness and kindness in an intriguing manner, which many of us understood and appreciated as we moved closely with her.
Ms Khanna adopted many of us as her immediate family as she would walk into our homes with such generosity. Whether it was a meal or a time of fellowship, each one mattered much to her and each one was valuable to her.
Our Sister has been called home to receive the reward of her inheritance from her Saviour for all her hard work and dedication because she worked with all her heart at whatever she did, working as to Jesus Christ and not for men.
She has gone ahead of us and we who linger a while, as pilgrims and strangers here, should remember to return thanks to the Lord for the life of Miss Khanna and the rich legacy she has left behind.


Dr. & Mrs. David Fiol
I am Samuel Hudson Daniel , Mary Daniel's (teacher's) brother and was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the passing away of Ms.. Joyce Khanna Mam . From the time we where young, Mrs. J Khanna was such a source of inspiration and Christian strength to me and our family and the Christian and larger community in new Delhi. Her Christian discipline and love of the Bible is what has given Faith Academy its deserved reputation. She will be deeply missed!
I am residing in Canada a the moment and will be unable to attend the funeral service by my prayers are with the family of Faith Academy and will be remember her courageous service for India to Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
In this hour of grief, I can only remember her favourite Psalm:
Psalms 23:1-6 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. (2) He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leaded me beside the still waters. (3) He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. (4) Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. (5) Thou prepares a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anoints my head with oil; my cup runneth over. (6) Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Sincerely, Samuel H Daniel.


Benjamin Newton,
Principal - Grace Academy
Dehradun-UK

Abraham Lincoln, said and I quote:
"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count,
it's the life in your years."

I feel very small and insignificant when it comes to paying a tribute to a towering personality in the realm of School Education. A Faithful Soldier of our Lord Jesus Christ was Ms Khanna. Nevertheless, I would like to sum up my 14 years of association with her a Christian Educational Society-Member, a member of Grace Educational Society as my Dear Joyce Akka.

As a CES Member
I had been a CES member from 2002and I found her to be a great visionary. She had an astute acumen and was always keen on raising the Bench Mark of Excellence. Shewill never compromise with anything that will have even a slight chance of endangering the Foundational Truth on which Faith Academy was founded and established. MsKhanna would always look for ways and means to enlarge the boundaries of Faith Academy, to promote Christian Education. It used to amaze me to witness her, hard work, grit and determination to start new projects and also run them successfully. AnandVatika, FM, Little Flock were her brain waves. Her passion for children and staff was indomitable.

AS A MEMBER OF GES BOARD, DEHRADUN
She was a great source of inspiration as a member of the GES Board and her presence was a great Blessing. We will certainly miss her. She was quick to appreciate the work and also equally quick with her constructive criticism. She was very sharp and alert in all the deliberations.

My Association with her as JOYCE AKKA
Her life will always be remembered in the way she came across to one and all. She has been a person who loved Music. We had the pleasure of hosting her for few days and she would spend hours singing with us. She loved her work, her Garden and was very much concerned about the very minute details of the staff and their families.

She remained a Faithful Servant of God till her last Breath of life, whether it was FA, GA, EFI, Church, Mukti Mission or any other place where God had placed her. Her role in the life and work of these institutions will forever remain exemplary. She was always there to help, advise and give to everyone whom she crossed paths with. She took good care of me whenever I would camp in her office during my exams or when I came to attend CES/FA meetings

I will close with a quote byHellen Keller.
"That we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose,
For all that we love deeply becomes a part of us."

We love you Joyce Akka!! And we will miss you!!


Mrs. Elizabeth Robert,
Principal- Faith Academy Second Shift
A petite, smart looking lady clad in a saree and blouse ever so modestly dressed with her hair put up neatly was what struck me ,when I first met her in 1984. Though single, she was undaunted and could take on challenges and brought up the school. Her later years as a Consultant , she was able to build up the alumni network, take care of projects and so on. Anand Vatika, which is for the underprivileged children of our school provides a meal and tuition for them, after school. The Faith Child Development Centre provides the same help , but, it is for children from other nearby government schools. Faith Mahila Pragati Kendra was a project to give training to the mothers of Anand Vatika children to enable them to become self sufficient. Miss. Khanna immersed herself in these projects and they have come up beautifully.
Gardening was her passion. So, she gave wings to her dreams and we have a beautiful garden. Winter and spring saw an abundance of flowers of every hue and shade. The vibrant colours , the verdant lawns , the exotic fountains were Miss. Khanna's joy and pride.
She showed a tough exterior, but, had a soft heart and was ever ready to help anyone in need. She could share the joys and sorrows of people around her. She was a part of our family and Christmas and birthdays were celebrated together. A kind heart, who could sense what was required and rose up to the occasion. She will always be missed by our family, Faith Academy family and all near and dear.

I would like to quote these lines from a beautiful song:
Death is an angel sent down from above sent for the buds of the flowers we love
But every bud and each blossom some day
Will bloom as a flower in the Master's bouquet
Gathering flowers for the Master's bouquet beautiful flowers that will never decay
Gathered by angels then carried away forever to bloom in the Master's bouquet
Loved ones are passing each day and each hour passing away as the life of a flower
Taken and cared for in heaven's own way forever to bloom in the Master's bouquet
Gathering flowers for the Master's bouquet...beautiful flowers that will never decay
Gathered by angels then carried away forever to bloom in the Master's bouquet
Yes, she has gone to be with her Saviour to bloom in the Master's bouquet.
Till we meet again.

We express our deep grief and sorrow over the home call of our Senior Consultant and Former Principal of Faith Academy, Miss Joyce Janet Khanna, on February 3, 2017 morning.
She served Faith Academy under different capacities like Principal, Acting Manager, Managing Committee Chairperson, Consultant and Sr. Consultant.
As Principal of Faith Academy from 1973 to 1994 the Institution grew by leaps and bounds in discipline, academics, sports and other extra curricular activities. Her emphasis on beautiful vere foster handwriting helped our children not only during examination but also throughout their life. Her involvement in Moral Education Department brought abundant joy and cheer to the young minds.
As an able administrator she maintained cordial relationship with Department of Education, CBSE, Government Officials, parents and the staff. Her colourful and beautiful school garden drew the attention of everyone including the tiny tots and peacocks. Ma'am was a spinster but thousands and thousands of Faith Academy children and the staff were her dear children especially Anand Vatika, FCDC and FMPK.
As Alumni in charge she united the ex-students and brought immense strength and support to Faith Academy. She was very punctual and prompt in her work. One day I saw her rushing towards her office straight from the airport and starting her work.
Lord Jesus said, "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." According to the Lord's promise, now Ma'am enjoys the blissful presence of our Lord Jesus and we thank Him for her sacrificial and splendid life


Dr.M. Kannan,
Principal
Faith Academy

We express our deep grief and sorrow over the home call of our Senior Consultant and Former Principal of Faith Academy, Miss Joyce Janet Khanna, on February 3, 2017 morning.
She served Faith Academy under different capacities like Principal, Acting Manager, Managing Committee Chairperson, Consultant and Sr. Consultant.

As Principal of Faith Academy from 1973 to 1994 the Institution grew by leaps and bounds in discipline, academics, sports and other extra curricular activities. Her emphasis on beautiful vere foster handwriting helped our children not only during examination but also throughout their life. Her involvement in Moral Education Department brought abundant joy and cheer to the young minds.

As an able administrator she maintained cordial relationship with Department of Education, CBSE, Government Officials, parents and the staff. Her colourful and beautiful school garden drew the attention of everyone including the tiny tots and peacocks. Ma'am was a spinster but thousands and thousands of Faith Academy children and the staff were her dear children especially Anand Vatika, FCDC and FMPK.

As Alumni in charge she united the ex-students and brought immense strength and support to Faith Academy. She was very punctual and prompt in her work. One day I saw her rushing towards her office straight from the airport and starting her work.

Lord Jesus said, "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." According to the Lord's promise, now Ma'am enjoys the blissful presence of our Lord Jesus and we thank Him for her sacrificial and splendid life


COL. M L Gupta,
Managing Director

Miraz Detective & Security Services Pvt. Ltd

We have just heard of the sad demise of Ms. Khanna. The entire family of Miraz Detective & Security Services Pvt. Ltd., Smith & Schnider Facility Solutions Pvt. Ltd. , Trendsetters Facility & Technical Services Pvt. Ltd. and Pegasus Pvt. Ltd. join me in conveying our most heart felt condolences . She was a very noble soul and a pious and spiritually elevated person.
May her soul rest in eternal peace !!


B.M. Sharma,
Architect

Mr. S. Robert,
I was shocked to hear about the sad demise of Ms J. Khanna this morning. She was a kind intelligent and gracious person whom I had the privilege of knowing ever since this school started, and who contributed a lot to its development.
Please accept my heartfelt condolences, and my sincere prayer that her soul may rest in peace.


Mrs. Sara Varkey,
(English Lecturer at Faith Academy)
As I sit down to pen my thoughts, my mind races back in time to a sultry morning in July 1980. I climbed up the winding staircase of 13/15, East Patel Nagar as a spirited teenager to meet a bespectacled lady with a big hairbun who introduced herself as the Principal of Faith Academy, Ms Joyce Khanna. For the next three decades or more, here was a person who touched my life in ways unimaginable... After that first meeting I would never be the same again.
No aspect of life in Faith Academy went un-noticed by Ms Khanna. As the Principal she instilled good values-the fear of God, discipline, punctuality, a positive attitude and leadership. She even taught me knitting and embroidery. The many devotions that she took for us are still imprinted on my mind ever so clearly. Very often she used to reiterate the phrase, 'Thou God seest me.' Ms Khanna taught a generation of teachers to work hard conscientiously for the greater glory of God. We continue to be enriched because of her teachings.
Not only did she mentor us teachers, she also took upon herself the sole mission to share the love of Christ and knowledge of Him with the children. Her morning devotions in the assembly were eagerly awaited by the students and teachers. She made each teacher master the Vere-Foster handwriting and her efforts towards that is manifest in the fact that even today our teachers and students are distinguished for their beautiful and clear penmanship.
She often took pains to communicate with us the complexity of the world through simple ideas and illustrations. Her passion for nature and gardening found its influence in the way she imagined all of usas flowers in her beautiful garden-all so different and exquisite in their diversities and many hues. I was always fascinated by her untiring energy of conducting Reading and Recitation tests for all the students of Classes I to VIII-whether it was English, Hindi or Sanskrit, Ms Khanna used to hear each and every student. For us teachers it was a fiery test because she was able to judge how well we have trained our students, yet at the same time it instilled confidence in the students and encouraged them to do their best. She was a strict disciplinarian but with a sensitive tender heart.
In an effort to include the poor and marginalised sections of the society, within the beautiful world of Faith Academy she pioneered and began the Faith Child Development Centre, The Anand Vatika and the Faith Mahila Pragati Kendra. The Alumni of Faith Academy would not be the unified,organised and well knit community it is today were it not for the untiring efforts of Ms Khanna. She took out time to interact with them and bring them together. The second week of November was special because every year we celebrated the Home-Coming of our ex-students from all over the world. The best years of my life have been spent here at Faith Academy. I gave the strength of my youth to Faith Academy because of the wonderful nourishing presence of a mentor like Ms Khanna. She taught me the true values of life, the enduring values of the soul and spirit and the comforting values of Faith and Trust.
One thing is sure, that the Master would one day say: "Well done good and faithful servant!"
Good Bye Ma'am...Till we meet again!
 
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