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FedEx Freight Supports in Transporting Wheelchairs

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 23, 2016
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  • In the Media, Wheels For The World

FedEx Freight Supports Joni and Friends in Transporting WheelchairsFedEx Freight is working with Joni and Friends International Disability Center to transport used wheelchairs from local collection sites to correctional facilities where they are restored. Since the beginning of the year, FedEx Freight has transported 1,734 wheelchairs to locations throughout the country for restoration. Joni and Friends then uses container ships to deliver newly reconstructed wheelchairs to countries such as China, Cuba, Ghana, India and Thailand. In these countries, volunteers of Joni and Friends’ Wheels for the World outreach ministry fit each wheelchair to the recipient’s individual needs and provide training in its use and upkeep. Joni and Friends collects more than 10,000 wheelchairs each year...

When Despair Takes Over

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 23, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, Family Retreats

Bonnie LiltzRecently I read a heartbreaking story about Bonnie Liltz, a mother who thought she was dying of ovarian cancer - despairing over what might happen to her adopted daughter, Courtney, who had cognitive limitations and CP, she tragically took her daughter's life. Bonnie was afraid that, after she died, her 23-year ...

Serving People in India with HIV

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 19, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, International

Dr. Rajni Herman and Steve BundyPeople often tell me how God has used my books to help them through difficult times — and this physician, Dr. Rajni Herman who lives in Mussoorie, India is no exception. She is on staff with our partner in India, Emmanuel Hospital Association, and is faithfully serving ...

Anniversary of Dr. Zhang Xu

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 12, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, International

Dr. Zhang Xu, Judy and RobynMy longtime friend, Judy Butler (pictured in blue), recently served as a volunteer at our International Family Retreat in China. After the retreat, she and her companion Robyn traveled seven hours on a train to Anshan to visit Dr. Zhang Xu (in the wheelchair). Zhang Xu broke his neck in a diving accident 19 ...

Need Your Prayers for Radio!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 11, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, Radio

Joni and Ken in the recording studioIt’s Radio Recording Day! I’ve got a full day ahead of recording for me and — I have to be honest — it’s been a hard week of pain and little sleep. So will you please join me in praying for God to bless me with breath, a strong voice, and a pain-free day? And that it would not be me speaking, but the Spirit of God speaking through me (Matthew 10:20). Thanks, friend, for being my mighty prayer warrior on radio day :-).

Matching Gift Opportunity!

Matching Gift Opportunity
This month at Joni and Friends, a bountiful ministry opportunity has been given to us by dear friends of the ministry. They have offered to match every dollar you give from now until July 15, up to $250,000! This Matching Gift Opportunity for double-the-ministry comes at the perfect time. Far too many people with disabilities are suffocating under the grip of depression and despair. Too many families and ...

International Family Retreat in China

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 3, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, International

Families arriving at International Family Retreat in Zhenjiang, ChinaOur International Family Retreat is in full-swing in Zhenjiang, China! Volunteers from local house churches have welcomed 18 special-needs families with singing and dancing. Many of these families are from poor, rural communities and have never been exposed ...

Joni and Friends Joins Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 3, 2016
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  • In the Media

Joni and Friends International Disability CenterThe Joni and Friends International Disability Center is excited to announce that it will be joining the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, May 24, at 4:30 pm. The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber is one of the largest chambers in the western U.S., with more than 1,000 members, and is a 5-star accredited organization by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “We are grateful the chamber has seen the benefit to partnering with a non-profit organization such as ours,” said Joni and Friends President Doug Mazza. “We believe this will be a mutually beneficial relationship, as we bring great expertise and resources in the area of serving individuals affected...

It's time to pray for our Nation!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 2, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

National Day of PrayerThis week marks a very important time … a time to pray for our nation. On Thursday, May 5, Christians across America will gather together to pray for our country in honor of the National Day of Prayer. And you can join the effort. 1 Timothy 2:2 says, “Pray … for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.” Get together with your ...

You've Strengthened Families with Christ's Love

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 28, 2016
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  • Family Retreats

The Griffeth family enjoying time together at Joni and Friends Family RetreatSteve and Michelle Griffeth came with their daughter, Jessica, and son, Austin, who has autism, to Family Retreat. It’s easy for these parents to feel exhausted and alone when taking care of a child with a disability. It’s hard work and many people simply don’t understand what life with autism really entails. Parents are often pushed to the limit when they arrive at Retreat and need hope. “Our family was embraced and we felt included when we arrived at Family Retreat. This whole experience has been an eye opener and we were encouraged,” explained Steve. Throughout the week, Steve watched as his son connected with...

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