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Joni's Parents' Reflections

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 21, 2014
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Lindy EarecksonCan you imagine what it would be like to be told your daughter will live the rest of her life in a wheelchair? For Joni’s parents, those first few years of Joni’s paralysis were filled with questions, doubts, and fears aimed at doctors and God. After all, quadriplegia was something completely new and unknown to this family. So, how did they make it through? In this short video clip, you’ll hear Lindy and John Eareckson talk about those early days of Joni’s accident. It’s a video that will inspire you and others to trust in the Lord, no matter what the situation.

Meet Cause 4 Life Intern, Lauren – Part 2

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 18, 2014
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  • Cause 4 Life

Lauren with Cause 4 Life internsRead Part 1
(Today's post was written by Danielle Ledoux, Joni and Friends Cause 4 Life Vocational Intern.) Despite her cerebral palsy and wheelchair, Lauren Compere enrolled in Mississippi College to study psychology and follow her desire to minister to others. But she wanted to do something big during the summer—an internship. “I don’t know if that was a God thing or a Lauren thing,” she commented. At first, it may have appeared to be a “Lauren thing” because when she tried to go to Haiti with a church, the door slammed shut in her face. Disappointed, she settled for studying Spanish in Spain, not knowing that God had other plans. In the middle of a hectic spring semester, Lauren decided to skip a conference which she had planned on attending. But her best friend and caregiver insisted that she go to hear speaker Joni Eareckson Tada. That night as she hung on Joni’s every word, Lauren realized, “This lady completely gets it. I knew that conference—that talk—would change my life. I knew...

Meet Cause 4 Life Intern, Lauren – Part 1

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 17, 2014
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  • Cause 4 Life

Eric and Lauren(Today's post was written by Danielle Ledoux, Joni and Friends Cause 4 Life Vocational Intern.) If she can do it, you can do it. “The Lord opens doors that no man can shut.” Eric’s eyes, warm and glossy like melted chocolate, peered into Lauren’s face. He proclaimed again unsteadily, “The Lord opens doors that no man can shut.” Lost in Eric’s eyes, Lauren felt the sweetness enveloping this man. His black hair and stubbly beard covered a dear face that framed “sweet little expressions,” as Lauren said. Though his quirks and expressions indicated some disability, Lauren didn’t care. Holding Eric’s hand, she heard once more that quivery voice: “The Lord opens doors that no man can shut.” And she cried. Remembering that night, Lauren proudly showed a picture of her and Eric from the Friendship Club—a gathering of adults with disabilities and volunteers to talk, worship, and learn together. Lauren only wished that she could touch those dear...

Watch Joni Go On a Giant Swing!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 14, 2014
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  • Radio, Video Archives

Giant SwingAt Joni and Friends Family Retreats there’s Biblical encouragement, counseling, worship—and fun! And when we say fun, we mean it! From horseback riding, to swimming in the pool, to zip-lining, special needs families partake in all sorts of great activities. Well, last summer, at our Family Retreat in in Texas, everyone was getting on the “Giant Swing”—even kids with disabilities! As Joni saw each person, one-by-one, safely harnessed on this swing, it got her thinking: “I can do this. I can get on this swing.” Don’t believe it? You just have to see it for yourself!! Watch the video of Joni riding the Giant...

When You Send a Wheelchair, Lives are Changed!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 11, 2014
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  • Wheels For The World

Valentin in his new Regency Pediatric WheelchairWhen he was three years old, Valentin was adopted by a loving older lady named Elena. “Valentin captured my heart,” she said. “God gave me the desire to adopt him – this beautiful little boy that nobody wanted.” Across the world, thousands of babies like Valentin are abandoned because they are born with a disability. Stigma, shame, poverty and desperation had driven his parents to leave him on the doorstep of an orphanage when he was only days old. But God had great plans for Valentin … plans that included you. For eight years, Elena did her very best for Valentin – but the wheelchair he desperately needed cost many times more than she earned in a year. So God used you to do the impossible. At a recent Wheels for the World outreach in Romania, Valentin was carefully fitted into his first wheelchair. “When I heard about Joni and Friends, it was like news from heaven!” Elena said. “This wheelchair will give Valentin dignity and help him show the world who he is inside. I thank God because He sent...

Half Dead—Actually Alive and Well, Part 2

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 9, 2014
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  • Cause 4 Life

Michael with Cause 4 Life Interns(Today's post, One Sudanese Man Finds Life in a Wheelchair, is Part 2 of a story written by Danielle Ledoux, Joni and Friends Cause 4 Life Vocational Intern. Read Part 1.) "...As Michael Panther recovered from spine surgery, the fifteen-year-old wrestled with depression as he faced life in a wheelchair. Neither he nor his family saw any future for him—someone that Africans labeled as “half dead.” But one day, a woman who regularly visited the Kenyan hospital to counsel and play with the children approached Michael. She wheeled him into the playroom—a simple room filled with only a small table and chairs, some scattered toys, and a television. Positioning him toward the television, she introduced Michael to the movie Joni. Joni Eareckson Tada’s journey through...

Half Dead—Actually Alive and Well, Part 1

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 8, 2014
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  • Cause 4 Life

Michael Panther, Cause 4 Life InternMichael with fellow Cause 4 Life Interns
(Today's post, One Sudanese Man Finds Life in a Wheelchair, was written by Danielle Ledoux, Joni and Friends Cause 4 Life Vocational Intern.)
"Handicapped. Special needs. Disabled. Impaired. In Africa, people use the term 'half dead.' But that term couldn’t be further from the truth for Michael Panther, a young man using a wheelchair for seven years now. While his countrymen consider him half dead, he is more active and alive than he has ever been. Not only are his days full as an economic student at Louisiana State University (LSU), but he is also the president of LSU’s International Student Assembly and the director of LSU’s Student Outreach, just to name a few. Recently, his activities center on a Cause 4 Life Internship with Joni...

It's Radio Recording Day...

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 7, 2014
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  • Joni's Posts, Radio

Joni and Rainey in the Recording StudioAnd that means I'll need your prayers, friend – it'll be a full day starting at 10 AM and running through 4:30 PM. So please pray for a clear voice, strong lungs, physical stamina, happy spirits, and anointed messages. As you know, the point behind all these radio programs is to convey the life-transforming power of the Word of God through every hardship. And nothing would please me more than to help build the faith of those who hear my daily messages. After all, Romans 10:17 says that "Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ." If you're in need of a 'word of faith' today, don't forget to visit my radio page here at Joni and Friends!

Global Access Conference

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 3, 2014
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, Video Archives

You are the key to an accessible world! Join us for Global Access Conference 2015 as we bring together disability leaders, ministers, educators and practitioners from around the world. Taking place February 17-20 in Southern California, this is an unprecedented opportunity to share experiences, forge strong working relationships, and learn how to practically and effectively promote disability ministry in the Christian community. Be...

Are You A Blogger? Joni and Friends Wants You!

Joni and Friends 35th Anniversary Blog ContestBloggers, here’s your chance to win fun prizes and share your support of Joni and Friends! Next month, we’re hosting our 35th Anniversary Blog Contest to celebrate the past 35 years of ministry to people affected by disability. You’re invited to join the celebration by sharing how Joni and Friends has impacted you! To enter this special blog contest, all you need to do is follow these simple steps…

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