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Why Family Retreat?

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 26, 2017
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  • Family Retreats

Why Family Retreat?

All year long, families with a disabled child live on the edge of exhaustion. There are sleepless nights… endless medical appointments… challenges at school, and financial pressures. Caring for their loved one demands every resource, and it’s non-stop...

Meet Cause 4 Life Intern Samantha Sasse!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 22, 2017
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  • Cause 4 Life

Meet Cause 4 Life Intern Samantha SasseAs a Christian, perhaps the beauty of walking with the Lord is that every day poses an opportunity to grow closer to Him. For Samantha Sasse, her Cause 4 Life internship did just that. It gave her a fresh perspective on disability ministry and renewed her passion to promote Christ’s kingdom through loving people with...

2017 Christmas Cards

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 21, 2017
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  • Joni's Posts, What's New in Our Store

Christmas CardsMy 2017 Christmas cards are here and, boy, am I excited! I love sharing my Christmas artwork through new card designs each year to help you encourage your loved ones with the joy of the Lord during the Christmas season...

Real Families, Real Needs - New Release!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 20, 2017
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  • What's New in Our Store

Real Families, Real Needs - New Release!This week, we’re so excited to share our brand-new book, Real Families, Real Needs with you! Because when it comes to caring for loved ones affected by disability, we want to stand by your side and help you find comfort in a community that understands. The truth is, a disability can either strengthen your family or tear it...

Your Service Strengthens Families Through Christ!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 19, 2017
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  • Family Retreats

Your Service Strengthens Families through Christ! Mackenzie White heard about serving as a Short-Term Missionary (STM) at Family Retreat through her local church. “I thought it sounded like a great experience and looked forward to meeting my camper and family,” she told us. That was a couple years ago. Now she’s back again to serve and share the love of Jesus with families affected by disability.

When families come to Family Retreat, they enjoy opportunities to bond with each other, rest, receive spiritual renewal, and build lasting memories. The demands of disability back at home can be overwhelming. Because of selfless volunteers like Mackenzie, families can...

Hurricane Response Update

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 18, 2017
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

Hurricane Response UpdateHats off to Joni and Friends Texas and Wheels for the World who partnered together to provide 500 wheelchairs and Beyond Suffering Bibles to disabled children and adults who lost their wheelchairs in Hurricane Harvey. Mary Grace Rushing is pictured here with Houston's Mayor Turner who came to help with the wheelchairs. Pictured also is a little boy who certainly was happy to receive a new set of wheels after he lost his pediatric wheelchair in the rescue. Mary Grace wrote, "It was a great privilege to serve the Lord during my days in Houston and Beaumont in the last...

Meet Cause 4 Life Intern Kait!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 15, 2017
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  • Cause 4 Life

KaitSometimes, God uses big events to reveal life’s callings. And sometimes, He reveals a life calling at recess in junior high. For Cause 4 Life intern, Kait Gregory, the moment she realized that she was called to serve people with disabilities was at recess. In seventh grade, a boy with a disability approached Kait, looking...

Thank You, Faithful Friends!

Thank You, Faithful Friends!

Every month, you are sending the Good News of the Gospel to people affected by disability. Here at home and across the globe, your faithful prayers and continuing support are sending hope and practical help through every ministry program at...

9/11 Friends

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 11, 2017
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9/11 Friends

Are you a helper of the helpless? Would you lay down your life for a friend in need? Today I’d like to share a story about 9/11 that’s not often told. It’s about two remarkable friends – Abe, a courageous young man, and Ed, a fellow quadriplegic. Abe and Ed were on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center on September 11th...

From the Heart

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 8, 2017
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  • Joni's Posts, Family Retreats

Joni and Ken

Not long ago, Ken and I went down to the Joni and Friends’ mail room to look at some of the Happy Grams our supporters sent in. (You may have written one, too.) When I read the messages, my heart was deeply moved. The hand-written words...

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