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Save the Date... Joni's 65th Birthday Twitter Party!

Joni's 65th Birthday Twitter PartyThis year, Joni is celebrating her birthday on Twitter! On October 15, Joni’s 65th birthday, you are invited to join her online birthday party. Between 11am-12pm PST, Joni will be chatting with you live on the Joni and Friends Twitter account (@JoniandFriends)! She’ll be sharing her favorite birthday memories, answering your questions, and asking a few Joni and Friends trivia questions. Join the party and you’ll have a chance to win one of the special prizes she'll be offering throughout the hour! Be sure to follow @JoniandFriends on Twitter and use the hashtag #HappyBdayJoni during the party to be eligible for one of the prizes! We look forward to celebrating together God’s faithfulness to Joni over the past 65 years!

Secure Your Registration for Global Access 2015!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 24, 2014
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  • In the Media, Christian Institute on Disability

Global Access Conference 2015Have you registered for Global Access 2015? This ground-breaking disability ministry conference bringing together disability leaders, ministers, educators and world-changers from across the globe will be held February 17-20, 2015, in Southern CA. Presented by Joni and Friends, you won’t want to miss our great lineup of speakers including Joni Eareckson Tada (Founder of Joni and Friends), Nick Vujicic (President of Life Without Limbs), Lon Solomon (Senior Pastor of McLean Bible Church), and more! Visit www.globalaccessconference.com to register, and learn more about the great sessions, notable speakers, and inspiring worship leaders. Secure your registration today!

International Family Retreats: God Uses You to Knit Families Back Together in Christ 

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 22, 2014
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  • Family Retreats, International

Wilson holding his son while reading Another Kind of CourageLike many fathers in Ghana, West Africa, Wilson carried a deep grudge against God for giving him a disabled son. In African culture, disability is a curse and a shame to a man’s family name. Wilson remained in his marriage and provided for his family, but he never held his son, Richard. He never helped his wife care for him. For 14 years, Wilson stoically turned his back on his little boy. But your support provided an International Family Retreat in Ghana, and Wilson attended with his family. There, Wilson and other dads of disabled children saw their children through God’s eyes for the first time. Joni and Friends’ book for dads, Another Kind of Courage, was used as a teaching guide in the man-to-man group. Encouraged by God’s word and the powerful testimonies of godly fathers of special needs children, Wilson’s hardness melted away. In its place, God brought forth a new love for his son. “I now see Richard as part of God’s plan,” Wilson said. Turning to his wife, Theresah, Wilson made a solemn promise: “From this moment on, you will never have to carry the...

You're Helping Families Affected by Autism

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 18, 2014
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  • Family Retreats

Griffith familyAutism is the fastest growing disability in the U.S. today. Affected families often face misunderstanding and criticism, simply because the disability is not easy to see. This summer, Joni and Friends welcomed hundreds of families with autism to Family Retreats across the U.S. The Griffith family was one of them – and they can tell you, living with autism is anything but easy. “I’m used to people being standoffish with my son, Paul – he doesn’t connect with people often,” says mom, Michelle. “At Family Retreat, he made a friend right away – he fit in!” As a dad who’s used to the pressures and unpredictability of autism, Steve had his doubts about coming to Family Retreat. “Sure, it’s overwhelming at first, but it’s so great to know my son can ‘act out’ and everyone at Retreat just smiles and...

Joni’s 2014 Christmas Cards Are Here!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 15, 2014
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  • What's New in Our Store

Joni's White Christmas Christmas CardAvailable only from Joni and Friends, Joni’s 2014 Christmas Cards are now available! This year’s cards feature two brand new designs! The White Christmas design features Joni’s charming pen-and-ink art – used for the first time ever on a Christmas card! Capturing the warm welcome that awaits travelers as they draw near to home, the snowy scene shows through a silver-edged die cut window in the card’s front. Inside...

Blog Contest Winner – Rachel

Rachel wishing Joni and Friends "Happy 35th Anniversary"To celebrate 35 years of Joni and Friends ministry, we recently held our first blog contest. We invited you to share on your personal blog how Joni and Friends has impacted your life! This week, we’re featuring the winning entries. Today’s post was written Rachel L. who lives with dysautonomia, a disabling chronic illness. As “Joni’s Pick” winner, she’s receiving Joni’s 2015 Daily Planner, the Joni feature film, and an Amazon gift card. Please take a moment to read Rachel’s post and leave her a comment of congratulations... "Joni and Friends 35th Anniversary: Joni and Friends is celebrating 35 years of ministry! I am very grateful for Joni Eareckson Tada and for the ministry of Joni and Friends. I would not be...

Blog Contest Winner – Glen

Glen with his wife, Emily, and son, GabrielTo celebrate 35 years of Joni and Friends ministry, we recently held our first blog contest. We invited you to share on your personal blog how Joni and Friends has impacted your life! This week, we’re featuring the winning entries. Today’s post was written by Glen S. – his son Gabriel was born with Aicardi-Goutieres Syndrome. As a winner, he’s receiving a copy of Another Kind of Courage: God’s Design for Fathers of Families Affected by Disability, co-written by Joni and Friends President Doug Mazza and VP Steve Bundy, and the Joni feature film. Please take a moment to read Glen's post and leave him a comment of congratulations... "A Bereaved Father’s Retrospect on Joni and Friends Family Retreat" Emily, my wife, and I recently...

Blog Contest Winner – Electra

Electra serving a boy with disability in ChinaTo celebrate 35 years of Joni and Friends ministry, we recently held our first blog contest. We invited you to share on your personal blog how Joni and Friends has impacted your life! This week, we’re featuring the winning entries. Today’s post was written by our recent Cause 4 Life intern, Electra P., who lost her left arm in a car accident less than two years ago. As a winner, she’s receiving a copy of Joni’s soon to be released book, Beside Bethesda, and the Joni feature film. Please take a moment to read Electra's post and leave her a comment of congratulations... "Hope. It is hard to even put in words what I have seen, experienced and felt this summer. A month and a half journey with Joni and Friends certainly can change your life. I started off in Sterling, Virginia and my heart was blessed from the start...

Blog Contest Winner – Stephanie

Blog Contest Winner, StephanieTo celebrate 35 years of Joni and Friends ministry, we recently held our first blog contest. We invited you to share on your personal blog how Joni and Friends has impacted your life! This week, we’re featuring the winning entries. Today’s post was written by Stephanie E. who has a rare, disabling illness called Juvenile Dermatomyositis. As a winner, she’s receiving a copy of Joni’s soon to be released book, Beside Bethesda, and the Joni feature film... "I cannot remember a time that I did not look up to and admire Joni Eareckson Tada. Growing up with a disabling illness, I found it hard to find role models in the public eye who really encouraged me. When healthy normal people talked about pain and suffering, the words just seemed to be empty; but when Joni spoke of pain and suffering, the words mattered. Our situations may be drastically different in many ways, but I know she is...

35th Anniversary Blog Contest Winners!

35th Anniversary Blog Contest Winners!Last month, in celebration of 35 years of Joni and Friends ministry, we hosted our first blog contest! We asked you to write a blog post on your personal blog sharing how Joni and Friends has impacted your life. What a response you gave! We received more than 60 stories of impact detailing God’s goodness and faithfulness displayed. Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry! Join us in congratulating our 3 winners, plus a special “Joni’s Pick” winner...

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