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Through Your Prayers, Lives Are Being Changed All Over the World! 

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 22, 2015
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  • Wheels For The World

Aldea in her new pediatric wheelchairYour prayers truly are powerful and effective! Just ask a mother like Sylvia who lives in Romania. Her little girl, Aldea, was born with a disability, in a country where help is not readily available. Here’s Sylvia’s story, but it’s really your story too … because it began with your powerful and effective prayer! “Joni and Friends is coming!” Among mothers of children with disabilities, word spread like wildfire in the small village where Sylvia and Aldea live. Wheelchairs for our children! The news was almost too good to be true. “I always hoped to find a wheelchair somewhere, somehow – but they are very expensive and we could never afford one,” explained Sylvia. “For years we have carried Aldea, but now that she’s 5 years old, that’s impossible.” Because she has never had the right seat, she can’t sit up for more than 10 minutes at a time. So even though she is bright and curious, Aldea has spent most of her time in bed. Your prayers sent exactly the right wheelchair for Aldea! Joni and Friends’ Wheels for the World ...

New! The Four Seasons Print

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 19, 2015
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  • What's New in Our Store

The Four Seasons PrintJoni’s newest art print is now available in the Joni and Friends store! Her classic pen-and-ink quartet has been enlivened with a wash of color, capturing the beauty of the four seasons. This 12"x24" standard-size print would make a lovely addition to your home or office, as well as a great gift! Order your print today!

Why Cutbacks in Disability Services Matter

  • By: Steve Bundy
  • May 15, 2015
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  • In the Media

A man with Down Syndrome tends a gardenAs the father of a child with developmental disabilities, I am grateful to live in a country founded on Judeo-Christian values that upholds the inherent dignity and worth of all people, including those with disabilities. Through a variety of residential and social services, our nation has helped maintain quality of life for many with disabilities who simply desire to be a part of their communities and function like others in society. This is why I am deeply concerned over Governor Brown's revised budget proposal and the declining funding and support in California for those with developmental disabilities. Over the years, funding in California...

You Send So Much More Than a Wheelchair

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 14, 2015
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  • Wheels For The World

Obed hearing the Gospel from Wheels for the World team memberWhen you send a Bible and a wheelchair overseas to a child with a disability, the spiritual impact is life-changing for every member of the family! Recently, Obed brought his little son Johnson to receive a wheelchair from Wheels for the World. “I need God’s help to be the right kind of father to my family,” he shared with our team members. “My cul­ture says my son is worthless. I need a new kind of wisdom. The Bible that you gave was opened to 2 Corinthians 5:17: ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!’” Obed received the word of God hungrily and a Gos­pel bracelet helped to make the steps to salvation clear. With tiny Johnson looking on from his new wheelchair, Obed eagerly prayed to receive...

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 comes at just the right time  – far too many people with disabilities are suffocating under the grip of depression and despair. Too many families and marriages are buckling under the weight of disability. There is so much work to do! But with your help, we can answer them. Your gift today sends the Good News of Jesus Christ and tangible hands-on help. And because of this Matching Gift Opportunity, your gift will go twice as far, touching double the lives! Please consider contributing to Joni and Friends this month. Your faithfulness and generosity will bring many more to Jesus Christ this...

Hey Guys... Serve with Us This Summer!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 9, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, Family Retreats

Our busy season of Family Retreats is right around the corner, and with so many new special-needs families signing up, we are in need of more volunteers, or Short-Term Missionaries (STMs) as we like to call them. We have a big need for men – many of our campers are young boys or teens with disabilities. My friend Jason volunteered for the first time last summer and LOVED it – take a look at his brief message, then get all the details for serving at Family Retreats here!

Lord, Hear Our Cry

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 6, 2015
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  • Radio, Video Archives

Joni Eareckson TadaWhen God wants to change a nation, He begins by motivating His people to pray. Thursday, May 7, you have the opportunity to join millions of Christians across the United States in praying for our country on this National Day of Prayer. Join us as we lift up our President, Senate, Congress, governors and teachers; pray for the generations to come, the persecuted Church, and our men and women in uniform. Whether you join an official National Day of Prayer...

God Uses Your Faith to Change Lives

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 5, 2015
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  • Wheels For The World

boy receiving pediatric wheelchair in ugandaEvery time you send out the Gospel, your faithful­ness is used by God to transform lives. Macline is a woman in Uganda who had heard about Jesus, but didn’t know Jesus. She’s also the mother of 7-year-old Dorothy, who is disabled. “People in my village laugh at Dorothy,” she told us. “They don’t want to be near us or accept us.” Macline experienced just the opposite at a Wheels for the World outreach! Dorothy was shown love and tender care as a brand-new pediatric wheelchair was carefully fitted for her. How did Macline respond? “Through the love you have shown us and what God has done for...

Prayer Strengthens Dads at Family Retreat 

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 30, 2015
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  • Family Retreats

Fathers praying at Family RetreatFor 6 years, Kempton and his wife, Caryn, have brought their four children to Family Retreat. Their 11-year-old son, Christian, is disabled. But that’s not the only reason they come. Kempton serves as Camp Pastor, living out 2 Corinthians 1:4 as he “comforts those in any trouble with the comfort [he himself] has received from...

10 Vital Truths About Autism

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 28, 2015
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  • Christian Institute on Disability

10 Truths About AutismAs the month for Autism Awareness comes to an end, we’d like to share this helpful article from Pat Verbal, Senior Manager of Curriculum Development at Joni and Friends. The challenge for the Church is to stay aware of what we need to do to make our churches welcoming and loving places for ALL children. In “10 Vital Truths About Autism” Pat points out that while social services can help families affected by autism “they can’t lead parents and children to...

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