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Does Your Employer Have a Matching Gift Program?

Maximize your impact with the help of your employer
Many companies have a matching gift program. You give an amount and they’ll give the same. All you have to do is ask. You can double the impact of your donation and send the Gospel to even more children and adults living with disability. Maximize your gift today! 1. CONNECT with your employer’s HR department to find out...

5,000 wheelchairs restored Arizona State Prison!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 10, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

Arizona State PrisonEvery year, our Wheels for the World teams travel to countries like India, El Salvador, China and Ghana — providing wheelchairs and Bibles to adults and children with disabilities. Hundreds of thousands have received the gift of mobility and the hope of Jesus, but none of it could be done without the help of prisoners...

You’re Changing Hearts and Lives in Cuba 

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 9, 2016
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  • Wheels For The World

Javier with his motherIn Cuba, 9-year-old Javier and his mother came to a recent Joni and Friends Wheels for the World outreach in need of a wheelchair and left with much more. Wheelchairs are very expensive and difficult to get. As a wheelchair for Javier was custom fit for his body by our volunteer physical therapist, Javier smiled and told us, “I’m very happy you’re giving me a wheelchair… I feel so special!” As Javier’s mother watched, she was filled with joy for her son. “This wheelchair is a gift from your Heavenly Father,” we told her. Immediately she crumbled in tears. “I am so alone… there is no one I can turn to.” Maria and Javier heard the Gospel and were introduced to a pastor. A connection was made with a local church and Javier and his mom will now have a Christian community to support them and show them the love of Christ. Your gifts of a...

Are You a Young Leader with a Disability?

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 8, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, Cause 4 Life

Maddy and JoniYesterday, I spent time with Maddy, a new Cause 4 Life intern at Joni and Friends who happens to have mild cerebral palsy. As I watched her work with our TV and Visual Media Department, I kept thinking, this young woman is going places! The way Maddy handles her disability and her surroundings tells me that...

New "Irresistible Church" Book Series

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 5, 2016
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  • In the Media

Start with Hello bookIs your church a place of belonging? Do you want your church to be irresistible? An Irresistible Church is an authentic community built on the hope of Christ that compels people affected by disability to fully belong. And with the goal of introducing and training churches on how to lead a special needs ministry, we’ve kicked off our brand new “Irresistible Church” book series with the first release, “Start with Hello.” Listed for free on Kindle, this powerful resource has already reached #1 in 2 different Amazon bestseller categories as it book meets a need of so many churches – how to become welcoming to all people, and especially those with special needs. Download this free book for practical advice on...

First-ever LEGO with a Disability!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 3, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

LEGO in a wheelchairMy nephews are grown now, but when they were kids one of their favorite toys were LEGO® bricks. The boys had so much fun interlocking the tiny, colorful bricks to build all kinds of things — including “ramps” like the ones their Aunt Joni used. Toys can create a wonderful opportunity for children to develop a more positive attitude towards people with disabilities. It’s why I’m so excited that LEGO® has announced its first-ever minifigure with a disabilityto go on sale this June — a figurine of a person in a...

You Send the Message of Christ with Every Wheelchair

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 28, 2016
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  • Wheels For The World

Seraphina in her new wheelchair from Wheels for the WorldWhen 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, Seraphina brought her daughter Monica to receive a wheelchair at our Wheels for the World distribution. Feeling hopeless and exhausted, Seraphina knew she could never afford a wheelchair for her daughter. Their poverty was too great the owning a wheelchair seemed like an impossible dream. That afternoon, she watched as our team of physical therapists and mechanics tenderly and perfectly fit Monica to her very own pediatric wheelchair. The Gospel was shared by a local pastor and both mother and daughter eagerly prayed to receive Christ into their lives. “God has done great things for us; he has made us new today,” said Seraphina. “He used my child’s disability to bring us to Jesus.” Your gifts and prayer made it possible for one girl’s disability, one wheelchair and the Gospel to bring...

It's Glaucoma Awareness Month!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 25, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, Disability Awareness

OptometristJesus healed many blind people, some brought by friends for healing, others who happened to be near Jesus when he walked toward Jericho. I love the attitude of the blind beggar at the side of the road who shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Luke 18:35-42). This man was determined — no matter how much...

”Here Am I, Send Me”

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 25, 2016
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, Family Retreats, International

International Family Retreat Short-Term Missionaries in PeruNatalie taking part in a game with special needs families at Retreat in Peru
Natalie wasn’t quite sure what to expect when she signed up to serve for the first time at one of our Joni and Friends International Family Retreats. She brought a heart ready to serve and found out that God can use each of us if we step forward in faith. Natalie shares her reflections… "I had the privilege of serving at the Joni and Friends International Family Retreat in Peru last August. For four days I experienced pure joy as we served the families and helped cultivate a place of rest, support, prayer, worship, adventure and education! Across borders, oceans and language barriers I experienced a true connectivity of the human race. In spite of our...

God Uses Your Faith to Bring a Family to Jesus

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 19, 2016
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  • Wheels For The World

Maydalis and her family in CubaEach time you step out in faith, God uses your obedience and prayers to transform lives, like 7-year-old Maydalis from Cuba. She was born with a disability and is unable to walk. Her parents Yolanda and Anastasio take care of her every need but they don’t have enough money to buy a wheelchair for her. They’re just too expensive and can sometimes cost up to a year’s salary! Maydalis and her parents came to our Wheels for the World outreach, and that day, your faithful prayers yielded fruit. They were shown love and care as our Wheels team brought a brand new pediatric wheelchair for Maydalis. Her parents could scarcely believe what they were seeing. Questions filled their minds… who would love someone they never met? Who would come so far, across barriers and boundaries to give this wheelchair to a poor family like theirs? Their...

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