When 5-year-old Ebenezer in Ghana, Africa received the gift of mobility, it marked a milestone for our ministry – it was the 100,000th wheelchair delivered through Wheels for the World. With your faithful prayers and generous support, God has brought joy and hope to thousands. Thank you!
Finding just the right gift can be a challenge. However, for a child with a disability, what could be a more perfect gift than a wheelchair to show God’s love in a tangible way? Listen to three-year-old Sheara’s story. Soon after she was born, her father abandoned her. Because she had a disability, he wouldn’t care for her. Sheara’s mother, Evelyn was left alone to provide for her little girl. She worked in the fields under the scorching sun with Sheara wrapped on her back. Evelyn had little hope for her daughter’s future… until your love sent the perfect gift that changed everything! A Wheels for the World team brought wheelchairs to their tiny village. “The news about Joni and Friends gave me hope for the first time since Sheara was born!” said Evelyn. She watched with joy as her daughter was seated in a beautiful new pediatric wheelchair. This Christmas, you can give the perfect gift … a gift that changes lives! Just $150 sends a wheelchair to a disabled...
Dr. Charles Ware is one of the keynote speakers for the Global Access Conference 2015. As a dynamic and energizing speaker, Joni and Friends is excited to have him share his experience and perspective on disability ministry. To learn more about the conference and the other speakers and presenters, please visit www.globalaccessconference.org.
Why do special-needs families call Family Retreat “a slice of heaven?” Because Jesus is everywhere – and with Him come these two things: hope and joy! At Family Retreat everything’s possible because everything’s accessible! In the sun-splashed beauty of God’s outdoor creation, families experience the love and joy of Jesus through power-packed worship, relevant Bible teaching, heartfelt connections with other families and exciting summer adventures for every member of the family! This summer, 7-year-old Emeric rolled his wheelchair toward the climbing wall. It was awfully high, but it sure looked fun. Emeric was up for the challenge. He was all anticipation as the volunteers hitched him up for the climb. Alongside his dad Jake, he scaled the wall! No fear for Emeric – just trust, hope and the courageous joy that God gives kids and parents at Family Retreat! “As a family, we find good quality family time and...
This year, you can honor your friends and family with a gift that will change a life! A donation to Joni and Friends helps extend the love of Christ and practical help to people affected by disability. Our programs serve people here at home and worldwide. And with our new print-at-home gift cards, you can let your loved ones know that a gift has been given in their name. Just donate online, select a gift card, print it out, and send it off. What a meaningful gift for that special friend or family member this Christmas!
You still have time! Joni’s 2014 Christmas Cards are still available from Joni and Friends! This year’s cards feature two brand new designs! The White Christmas design features Joni’s charming pen-and-ink art – used for the first time ever on a Christmas card! Capturing the warm welcome that awaits travelers as they draw near to home, the snowy scene shows through a silver-edged die cut window in the card’s front. Inside scripture is Luke 2:14.
The Star of Wonder design is a regal, gold-foiled card featuring Joni’s depiction of Mary and Joseph on the road to Bethlehem, and the radiant star that announced the Savior’s birth. Inside scripture is Matthew 1:22-23.
Each box of Joni's 2014 Christmas Cards contains 15 cards and 16 foil-lined envelopes.
Order your cards while supplies last!
Watch as Christopher and I sing his favorite song, “Open the Eyes of My Heart.” This song has special significance when Christopher sings it because he is blind and has autism… through his song he’s teaching us to see things the way that God does – through the heart. Christopher was born prematurely at 26 weeks and only weighed 1 lb and 12 oz. When he was adopted, his parents Steve and Christine realized that Christopher had perfect pitch. He has since sung at various events and has inspired thousands with his story. That’s why I am so thrilled that Christopher will be singing at the Global Access Conference in February 2015. Won’t you join us as we worship together and inspire one another to advance disability ministry? Register today!
For most people, the thought of living with Alzheimer’s is terrifying. Although Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and as many as 5.1 million Americans live with this condition*, many do not understand this disease. We have come to believe as a society that our reasoning, language, memory, and the power to live independently is what makes us human. But what happens when the ability to think and...
Ernest was paired as an STM for Chris, a recent college graduate. With Ernest’s mentorship, Chris began to dream about a possible career path in outdoor education. “Chris and I are praying together every day and we’re watching amazing things unfold,” said Ernest. “I’ve made new friends this week and am helping with sports and recreation,” Chris shared, “It’s awesome how God has opened doors for me this week!”
Lily wants her family to impact others with God’s love. Leading by example, Lily served as an STM to little Kai, who has Down syndrome. Lily’s younger daughter, Melodie, was a buddy to Kai’s sister. “Joni and Friends works with the whole family – not just the person with the disability,” Lily discovered. “Family Retreat has given us the opportunity to share Christ’s love by giving families the gift of respite,” she shared. “It’s beautiful.”
Would you like to serve with us in 2015? Learn more about being an STM at Family Retreat!
Whether you’re praying at home or serving at an outreach, God is using you to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ – and His “hope overflowing” – to thousands of disabled people. Meet the Wang family, who volunteered as Short Term Missionaries at Family Retreat this summer … and in the process of serving, each member of the family found “hope overflowing” in their lives, too! “Family Retreat is a week for our family with a special purpose,” explained husband and father, Ernest Wang. “We are here to be of service to others, giving ourselves over to whatever God puts before us. God opened the door to Family Retreat for my family this summer, and we were all inspired to be obedient to His call. We said ‘Yes!’ to everything, even before we knew the details...