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A Boost of Excitement and Encouragement

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 30, 2015
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  • Cause 4 Life

MMA East InternsTwelve days into their internship and our Cause 4 Life East Coast team have made friendships that will last a lifetime. These girls have discovered that no matter where they go—at their internship, hotel, or on the DC metro—God has brought people across their paths to bring excitement and encouragement. In this short amount of time, our team has been blessed with many opportunities to serve alongside wonderful adults and children at McLean Bible Church (MBC). Next, they are preparing to minister to special needs children at Jill’s House. As she looked back over her time at MBC, Nancy said, “I do not even know where to begin describing this week… we are so grateful for this opportunity to serve Christ’s kingdom and grow closer to the Lord.” One of...

First a Wheelchair from You... Now She’s Sharing the Gospel!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 24, 2015
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  • Wheels For The World

Ionila receiving her wheelchair from Wheels for the WorldHave you ever wondered, “How does a wheelchair really make a difference?” or “How can God use a wheelchair to advance His Kingdom?” Meet Ionila from Romania, and you’ll see how!
1. A Wheelchair, Provided by You
Ionila lives in an orphanage in Romania. For this young girl, the future held little hope… until she was taken to a Wheels for the World outreach where she received her very own wheelchair and a Gospel bracelet! “I feel like God’s princess on a throne!” Ionila told us.
2. You Opened the Door to God’s Word
Shortly after she received her new wheelchair, Ionila was able to attend a Joni and Friends International Family Retreat. There, she experienced God’s love from our Short Term Missionaries (STMs) who went to serve the families during the week. Best of all, Ionila learned more about Jesus, finding spiritual refreshment during morning devotions, moments of fellowship, worship and ...

Cause 4 Life: Climbing Walls Together

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 22, 2015
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  • Cause 4 Life

Cause 4 Life team in ChinaFor twelve days, our Cause 4 Life team in China served at the Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village, where more than sixty children thrive in a loving atmosphere. Our interns assisted the staff with a field day, assessments for children with disabilities, and simple acts of service. But what marked this group of girls who had never previously met was their unity, especially the team’s support for their fellow intern Elizabeth. Despite her wheelchair, Elizabeth was determined to climb the Great Wall of China. She hadn’t walked since she was a teenager, but she took a step of faith, and the entire team and children’s home staff pitched in to help. One young man pushed Elizabeth’s chair up hills...

Proposed Cuts Will Affect Special-Needs Families

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 19, 2015
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  • In the Media

Stand up for Special-Needs FamiliesAs they say, "As California goes, so goes the country." It's why disability advocates across the nation are up-in-arms about proposed budget cuts to critical services that support young people with developmental disabilities. The structure is about to collapse in California, an omen for other states facing budget cuts. Our own Steve Bundy, vice president of Christian Institute on Disability, has written a thoughtful response, showing how this crisis in California will soon impact needful services for people with disabilities in other states. Read Steve Bundy's article for all the details, and please join us in prayer as Gov. Jerry Brown meets with lawmakers today to discuss ways to increase funding for developmental disability services in the state of California.

Cancer-Free!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 18, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

Ken and Joni giving a thumbs upEarlier this week I had my final PET scan in my five-year treatment program since undergoing surgery in June, 2010 to remove stage III breast cancer. Ken and I just received results from the scan, and it shows "no evidence of disease." I've now reached the five-year mark, and my oncologist has declared me cancer-free! Honestly, I feel stronger and healthier now than when I was first diagnosed in late June, 2010. As you'd guess, I've been singing praise hymns all day, just like the healed man in Luke 17:15, who "… when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a LOUD voice." THANK you for your many prayers for my healing – it means I can continue to do the work God is called me to do, and so much more! Hallelujah!

Wheels for the World in Cuba

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 17, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, Wheels For The World

Doors for the Gospel are opening up in Cuba as never before. This brief video of our recent Wheels for the World distribution in Cuba was broadcast on Cuban National Television – they even mentioned that Joni and Friends is a Christian ministry. I'm so grateful to God that we can not only deliver wheelchairs in Cuba, but distribute Bibles and introduce special-needs families to Jesus Christ! Even if you don't know...

A Treatise for Life

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 12, 2015
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  • In the Media

Doug and Ryan MazzaAccording to Princeton University ethics professor Peter Singer, children with severe disabilities should not live. In an interview with New York’s AM 970, Peter Singer argued that the United States should acknowledge health-care rationing as well as the necessity of “intentionally ending the lives of severely disabled infants”—infants like Ryan. Ryan — who is blind, severely developmentally disabled, and is fed through a tube — is the son of Doug Mazza, President and COO of Joni and Friends. Though Ryan will never pursue a degree, land a job, raise a family, pay taxes or hold office … Ryan’s life demonstrates consummate purpose. He has been the impetus for thousands of wheelchairs being delivered to severely disabled children in foreign countries — children who like Ryan, ought to be euthanized, according to Singer. How are we to respond to such proposed “ethical” models of healthcare? Read Doug Mazza’s response to Peter Singer, published on The Blaze.

Thank you for Giving the Greatest Gift... God's Word!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 11, 2015
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  • Wheels For The World

Father and son reading their new Bible togetherWhat is the most precious gift you own? For 10-year-old Julius and his father living in Uganda, their gift is one that may surprise you… Born with spina bifida, life with disability was a struggle each day for Julius and his family, and their need for a wheelchair was great. Father and son arrived early in the morning at the Wheels for the World distribution site and waited patiently all day, without one complaint, for a wheelchair. Soon Julius was carefully fitted into his first wheelchair. But the greatest gift Julius received that day was his very own Bible… in his native language! When his father learned he would receive a Bible for his family, he was overwhelmed with joy — almost the same or more than his joy over the wheelchair! “Whenever I saved money to buy a Bible, a medical emergency would come up with Julius and I’d have to use all the money I had saved for the Bible.” When you give the gift of a wheel­chair to a little child like Julius, it opens his future and allows him to receive God’s Word. In Julius’ story, God used...

Brand New! Cause 4 Life T-Shirt

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 8, 2015
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  • What's New in Our Store

Cause 4 Life T-ShirtAvailable only from Joni and Friends, our brand new Cause 4 Life T-Shirt is a great addition to any closet! Featuring the words “Educate, Train, Activate” on the front and on the back “Psalm 82:3, Defend the poor and fatherless: Do justice to the afflicted and needy.” You’ll have an opportunity to share with others about the ministry of Joni and Friends and our Global Missions and Internships program: Cause 4 Life.

Order yours today!

 

Making a Difference: Greater Philadelphia

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

Volunteers collecting wheelchairs for Wheels for the WorldDo you know what happens to a wheelchair after it’s donated to our Wheels for the World ministry? You make ministry happen at Joni and Friends Area Ministries, located throughout the United States. Recently, in the Greater Philadelphia area, a group of volunteers emptied two storage units and filled a sixty-three foot tractor-trailer with wheelchairs and walkers! With help from the Eastern Pennsylvania Area Office, 300 wheelchairs will go to Cheshire Correctional Institution to be refurbished. Once finished, they will be shipped to Romania and El Salvador...

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