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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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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...

Brand New! Psalms Notecards

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 26, 2016
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Joni Eareckson Tada's Psalms NotecardsYou can brighten someone’s day with these beautiful cards. Designed from Joni’s artwork, these notecards are perfect to send a note to someone special. An encouraging verse from scripture is included on the front and insides of the cards are blank.

Package includes five each of four designs, with 20 envelopes. 4 ½” x 6”

Every purchase you make from Joni and Friends helps someone with a disability! 

Noah and Naomi at Family Retreat

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 21, 2016
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Singing at Family RetreatUndoubtedly, one of the highlights of my year is attending a Family Retreat! And I especially enjoy watching all the little boys and girls with disabilities discover who they are in Christ — God’s wonderful and unique creation! Like little Noah, featured in this video. At Family Retreat, Noah loved his buddy Naomi. The two had all kinds of fun, including singing...

Sam, the Dancing Barista

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 19, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

Chris and SamIf you’re on Facebook, then you’ve probably come across the story of Sam “the dancing barista.” Sam is a 17-year-old who last year met Chris, a Starbucks store manager, at a camp for kids with autism. Sam shared with Chris that one of his dreams was to be a barista — but he wasn’t sure how he could work at a coffee shop. Well that’s when Chris had an idea … and after speaking with Sam’s parents, he extended a job offer to Sam. And now? Sam works as a barista at his local Starbucks! Because of his autism and movement disorder, Sam has to “dance” to help him focus on his work. But it’s his dancing — his need to be in constant movement — which has made him a social media sensation. And it’s a great reminder for you and me of 2 Corinthians 12: 9, where the Lord says, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So good on you Chris and Starbucks, for having a heart for the disabled! And in honor of National Autism Awareness Month, share this story with your friends!

Celebrating 25 Years of Family Retreats!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 18, 2016
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Disability affects families 24/7. Relief is rarely available and daily hardships are made worse by isolation. But one week is different! For the Light family and so many others affected by disability, Family Retreat provides a week of acceptance, connection, and respite. And this year, Joni and Friends is celebrating 25 years of Family Retreats. Thank you for providing help and hope to families affected by disability for the past 25 years!

We Need You!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 14, 2016
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  • Family Retreats, Wheels For The World

We Need You: National Volunteer Week
It’s National Volunteer Week! At Joni and Friends, volunteers are at the heart and soul of all we do together to provide help and hope to people living with disability. They are lovers of Jesus, hard workers, people of prayer, and true visionaries – they understand that their contributions have a huge impact on people with disabilities and their families. If you’d like to get involved, we invite you to celebrate National Volunteer Week by signing up to serve at Family Retreat, International Family...

It's National Volunteer Week!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 10, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, Family Retreats

Getting ready to rock climb at Family RetreatWhen college student Scott signed up to volunteer with Family Retreats, he wasn’t sure what to expect. B.J. — a young man with multiple disabilities from church — had invited Scott, but the two had never really gotten to know each other … that is, until they got to spend one week together at Family Retreat. They had such...

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