Joni and Friends Blog

A Beautiful Heart of Service

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 27, 2016
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  • Family Retreats, Ways to Serve

CelesteThe desire to serve can awaken unexpectedly and even burst into full-fledged passion. One afternoon at work, as Celeste Sharpe greeted movie-goers, a surprise visit jostled her routine and nudged her into a life of service. Among the theater custom­ers were two familiar faces, Joni and Ken Tada! Their friendly greeting perked up her evening, but it was a conversation after the movie that warmed her spirit...

600 Hours

  • By: Joni and Friends, Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 20, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, Radio

Joni RadioThis picture is a bit of a throwback – taken many years ago. In fact, we have been recording radio for 34 years! And tomorrow we will record our 9,001 radio program. That’s over 600 hours of truth, encouragement and hope reaching through those radio waves to countless listeners! I am amazed at God’s faithfulness.  As you know, I always ask you to pray for me on these days and I am so thankful for those prayers. There can be many obstacles to a good recording session...

Maddy and Rosie

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 18, 2016
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  • Video Archives

Maddy and RosieDisabilities can be polarizing, especially for kids and teenagers. When Maddy who has cerebral palsy started third grade, she didn’t have any friends. But one special person came alongside her and included her. Watch this Kids' Corner video with your kids and...

Young Leaders Gathering 2016

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 16, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, International

Young Leaders GatheringRecently, more than 1,000 young Christian leaders from 140 countries gathered in Jakarta, Indonesia for Lausanne’s Young Leaders’ Gathering 2016 – the purpose was to network these dynamic young leaders together and ignite them with an even greater passionto reach the world for Christ.

New Release! The Beyond Suffering Bible

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 15, 2016
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, What's New in Our Store

Beyond Suffering BibleAfter living for almost 50 years in a wheelchair, Joni Eareckson Tada knows firsthand how people suffering from painful, chronic conditions are desperate for guidance and hope. But often, they do not know where to turn. It’s why Joni and Friends, in partnership with Tyndale House Publishers, crafted the Beyond Suffering Bible.

6 Ways Your Church Can Welcome People with Disabilities

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 11, 2016
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  • In the Media, Christian Institute on Disability, Disability Awareness

6 WaysMore than 1 billion people in the world are affected by disability and, like all of us, children and adults with disabilities have a great need to belong. Churches are uniquely designed to come alongside these families, so just how do they heed the call for disability ministry? In an article for Outreach magazine adapted from the upcoming Beyond Suffering Bible...

Paralympic Athlete Spotlight: Jarryd Wallace

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 8, 2016
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Jarryd WallaceFollowing surgery complications that led to the amputation of his leg, Jarryd Wallace competed in the 2012 London Paralympics. He is returning this year to the 2016 Rio Paralympics to run for the United States! Read along as he answers a few questions about the Paralympics and the role his faith has played in his journey...

Life is an Adventure!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 5, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, Family Retreats

KayakingWhen you’ve been in a wheelchair as long as I have, every summer that I can get out there and “do stuff” is pretty significant. Even though I'm past 65, I am still trying new things. Like when Ken and I went to our Joni and Friends’ Family Retreat in New England. It’s a beautiful camp, and on the edge of the property is a big lake...

Your Support Builds Strong Families at Family Retreat!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 3, 2016
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  • Family Retreats

Family RetreatWhen a special-needs family arrives at Family Retreat, your prayers and passion for ministry go before them, opening the door to a week of joy and restoration in Jesus Christ. You see, all year along, families with disabled children live on the edge of exhaustion—emotionally, spiritually, physically and financially. These families desperately need a place where they can let down their guard and breathe in God’s renewing presence...

Ken in Cuba with Wheels for the World

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Aug. 31, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, International, Wheels For The World

KenEarlier this season, my husband served on a Wheels for the World team in Cuba, helping to fit children with disabilities to their new wheelchairs. Before Ken left, I autographed a Spanish Joni book and said to him, "Would you please give this to a little girl in Cuba, and tell her it's from me?" 

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