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Save the Date... Joni's 65th Birthday Twitter Party!

Joni's 65th Birthday Twitter PartyThis year, Joni in celebrating her birthday on Twitter! On October 15, Joni’s 65th birthday, you are invited to join her online birthday party. Between 11am-12pm PST, Joni will be chatting with you live on the Joni and Friends Twitter account (@JoniandFriends)! She’ll be sharing her favorite birthday memories, answering your questions, and asking a few Joni and Friends trivia questions. Join the party and you’ll have a chance to win one of the prizes offered throughout the hour! Be sure to follow @JoniandFriends on Twitter and use the hashtag #HappyBdayJoni during the party to be eligible for one of the prizes! We look forward to celebrating together God’s faithfulness to Joni over the past 65 years!

A Wheelchair from You Leads to a Church Home

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 28, 2014
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  • Wheels For The World

Cecelia and JaymiJaymi in her pediatric wheelchair
Cecelia lives with her daughter, Jaymi, in a rustic village in El Salvador. Cecelia is a toughened woman with an even tougher job: How will she raise a disabled little girl in such a place, alone? Cecelia and Jaymi were provided much needed help at a Wheels for the World outreach. Little Jaymi was given a sturdy pediatric wheelchair that will grow with her for years, and the team’s physical therapist demonstrated exercises for strengthening Jaymi’s body. But even better, a Bible in Spanish was given to Cecelia. A local pastor opened it and shared the Gospel simply and clearly. He knew of their...

Family Retreats go International!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 25, 2014
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International Family Retreat El SalvadorAs you know, Joni and Friends hosts Family Retreats all throughout the United States … but we don’t stop there! With so many families affected by disabilities worldwide and with the added stigma disability carries in developing countries, we are reaching out to special needs families through our International Family Retreats. Some of these families have never taken a vacation and others have never heard the words...

Thanks to You from China!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 21, 2014
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  • Wheels For The World

Zhou hugging a Wheels for the World Seatign Specialist
Make no mistake: Jesus Christ is alive in China! Many there have known and loved the Savior for years. Ninety-nine-year-old Zhou is one of them... Zhou has waited many years for a wheelchair to ease the pain of her arthritis, which now prohibits her from walking. She waited in faith and hope, never doubting that God would provide for her…and He did, when you sent a wheelchair through Joni and Friends! “Jesus is awesome!” Zhou proclaimed with cheers and shouts of joy, as her long-awaited...

Available Now! Joni’s 2015 Planner

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 19, 2014
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  • What's New in Our Store

Joni Eareckson Tada's 2015 PlannerJoni’s beautiful rendering of a lighthouse at sunset welcomes you into another year! With wisdom as the theme, you’ll find plenty of wise words in Joni’s collection of scriptures, quotes, and monthly devotions. Staying organized is easy with month-at-a-glance pages, weekly and daily planning. There’s space for journaling, prayer lists, and appointments. At the back, you’ll find 2 handy pockets for your notes and receipts. The popular Joni 2015 Planner is available exclusively from Joni and Friends. Order yours – and one for a friend – today!

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A Mother's Heart... Transformed by God's Word

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 14, 2014
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  • Wheels For The World

Juan sitting in his new pediatric wheelchairJuan’s bright, gap-toothed smile radiates joy! His laughter echoed through the halls at our recent Wheels for the World outreach to El Salvador, where Juan was receiving his first wheelchair. But his mother Postima is more downcast. “We have a very difficult life,” she said quietly. “I can’t work or take Juan to the hospital or therapy. I used to go to church but I have become so discouraged... My husband does not want to help with Juan at all. He is threatening to leave us because it is so hard. I know God wants to show him Juan is a valuable person.... but how?” For a family like Juan’s, the gift of a wheelchair signifies much more than mobility. It’s a tangible statement that Juan is valuable to God – so valuable that He sent a miracle. “I never thought I would have a wheelchair for...

Meet Cause 4 Life Intern, Adriana

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 11, 2014
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, Cause 4 Life

Adriana with her husband and sonAdriana is a vocational intern with Joni and Friends. Born in Costa Rica, she and her husband serve as missionaries to Bosnia. This is their story... "Looking back 10 years, or even a year ago, I would have never imagined finding myself in the U.S. as a Cause 4 Life intern with Joni and Friends. I always thought that my life was right on track, exactly what God wanted for me; living in other countries and sharing the love of Christ with those who don’t know Him. And all of that was fine… But it wasn’t until I experienced the worst loss of my life that I realized God wanted more from me and my family. Dani and Sofi are the two precious children that the Lord gave my husband and me; both with a disability but each with a beautiful story. Sofi left us to be with the Lord last year, April 18, 2013. I thought I couldn’t go on without her, and it has been, without a doubt, the most...

Your Prayers are Changing Lives, and Villages! 

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 7, 2014
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, Wheels For The World

Joakim and his mother, RosaRosa and her husband never expected their baby boy Joakim to be born with a disability. But because of their faith in Christ, they accepted him and loved him right from the start. “Without the Lord, we could not do this,” Rosa admits – for in developing nations like Peru, a disabled child is a source of shame, and resources for help are scarce. These parents asked God to help them care for and raise Joakim. Unbeknownst to them, God was already working to answer their prayers, through an upcoming visit from Joni and Friends. Just before its local Wheels for the World outreach, Joni and Friends hosted a pastor’s training on disability ministry, using its groundbreaking curriculum, Beyond Suffering. Word spread quickly among the pastors of this small Peruvian mountain town. By mid-week, the training room was full of pastors curious and eager to know God’s heart for those who suffer. Rosa’s pastor was one of them. Later that week, at the encouragement of their newly-trained pastor, Rosa brought Joakim to receive his first wheelchair. “Our pastor wants our church to understand and support us as we raise Joakim, so he has come to Joni and Friends’ training,” said Rosa, “We see the heart of God at work in all of us through Joni and...

A Changed Heart

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 4, 2014
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, Cause 4 Life

Naomi serving a special needs child in ChinaToday’s post was written by Cause 4 Life Global Missions Intern, Naomi. "I’m Naomi, an ordinary 22-year-old who thought she knew the plan for her life. Two years ago, if you had told me that I would be serving the Lord in China, I would have said, 'impossible.' My story is one that illustrates God’s awesomeness and His love for us no matter where we are in life. I grew up with two loving Christian parents who taught me to love Jesus with my whole heart. As a teen and into my college years, I gradually pulled away from the church and the Christian faith all together. Sadly, I spent time seeking my own desires when and with whomever I wanted. In March 2013, I was approached by a dear friend who asked me to accompany her on a Joni and Friends Cause 4 Life internship and serve orphans with disabilities in China. Although the idea of using my degree in sports medicine and pediatric rehabilitation was appealing, I turned...

F.U.S.E. 2014

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 31, 2014
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  • In the Media

FUSE Conference 2014Join us September 12-13 for F.U.S.E. 2014! This premier regional conference in Ohio is dedicated to building bridges in disability ministry to churches, those working in the disability or mental health fields, and anyone touched by disability. You won’t want to miss this year’s presenters: Kathy McReynolds, Ph.D., Director of Academic Studies at the Christian Institute on Disability and Cynthia Berry, MATM, Manager Joni and Friends U.S. Area Ministries... plus we’re hosting a number of breakout sessions featuring topics relevant for you and your church. Learn more about F.U.S.E. 2014 ...

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