May 2011

Our Kids' Corner Launches This Week!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 31, 2011
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

Joel 1:4 says, "Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation." No doubt about it, the Bible insists we tell the Good News of Jesus to the children in our lives. It's why I asked the team at Joni and Friends to help me create a special Kids' Corner on our website –there are a ton of boys and girls out there we can reach (like the way my little friend Ashlie is reaching out to her buddy, Darcy). Our new Kids' Corner is launching June 1 and it's filled with games, puzzles, prizes, music, crafts, posters and pictures… most of all, our goal is to help young people see that Jesus Christ is their Very Best Friend! I'd be delighted to reach the heart of your child (or grandchild) with the love of our wonderful Savior – so the next time you visit our website...

 

Success in China!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 26, 2011
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  • Wheels For The World

Right now, our Wheels for the World teams are heading home from China, with hearts brimming over with joy, thanksgiving, and praise to God. We held one distribution in the industrial city of Anshan in northern China; we worked there with Zhang Xu, an orthopedic surgeon who came to Christ after he read the Joni book when he became a quadriplegic from a diving accident. I opened his e-mail this morning and these were his words: "We just had blessed 11 days with JAF Wheels Team here and the distribution was a full success...

wheels outreach in china

Our Prayers are with the People of Joplin…

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 24, 2011
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  • In the Media

All of us at Joni and Friends join millions across the country in praying for the people of Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas who have lost their businesses, homes and loved ones in the devastating tornadoes. One of our JAF board members lives in Joplin, and our Christian Institute on Disability has a partnership with...

You Can Make a Difference!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 23, 2011
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  • Christian Institute on Disability

students at a beyond suffering courseFrederick Buechner wrote, "The place where God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet." We couldn't agree more – that's why we invite you to sign up for our summer certificate course, "Beyond Suffering: Christian Perspectives on Disability Ministry."

It's All Happening Right Now in China…

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 16, 2011
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  • Wheels For The World

joni and yaling in chinaMeet one of our Joni and Friends' staff leaders, Yaling Wang, who serves as project coordinator for our international outreach. Several years ago, after she embraced Christ as Lord and Savior, Yaling came to us as an intern from the People's Republic of China. When God began opening doors for Joni and Friends to minister to special needs families in China, it was clear we needed Yaling on staff. Her cultural expertise and insight has proved invaluable – in fact, right now we have two Wheels for the World teams delivering wheelchairs, Bibles and Joni books in China; we also are leading a two-day Disability Ministry Training Summit for 50 Chinese pastors! Ask God to open hearts to His Word as our teams minister over the next two weeks in the most populous nation on earth.

Let’s Expand Christ’s Kingdom Together…

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 10, 2011
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Hi, this is Joni and just recently some very dear friends (who are passionate about this ministry) offered an incredible challenge – because they want to see the influence of Christ grow among people with disabilities around the world, they have offered to match every gift given to Joni and Friends until July 15th, all the way up to $250,000! I am truly amazed by this opportunity, especially when I think how it will translate into more people with disabilities hearing the Good News of Jesus. Ken and I are going to participate in this challenge, and, hey… I invite you to join us! And thanks for praying as we steward every gift to JAF so that “the Father’s house will be full.”

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Disability Ministry Summit

Joni speaking at a Through the Roof Disability Summit
Our Through the Roof Disability Ministry Summit is scheduled for May 13–14 and you are invited to come. What can a church do to help people with chronic illness… or children with autism… or adults with Alzheimer’s? How can you keep the passion ablaze in your volunteers? Whether your church is just starting out, or has a growing disability ministry, our Through the Roof Summit is for you. Top U.S. leaders in the field of disability ministry will be holding a wide array of excellent workshops. Special group rates are being offered, so bring your friends! “I'll be giving a special message on Saturday afternoon,” says Joni, “and I can’t wait to tell the group what God has put on my heart!” Sign up today or call 818-707-5664 with any questions. See you soon at this acclaimed training summit, the best on the West Coast!

National Day of Prayer/Pray along in Real Time…

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 2, 2011
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  • In the Media

Momentum is sweeping across the country as Christians throughout America prepare their hearts for the National Day of Prayer. As Honorary Chair of this year's NDP, Joni is in Washington DC this week for events leading up to Thursday morning's National Day of Prayer Observance to be held at the Cannon Office Building on Capitol Hill – the prayer meeting runs from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon EST. Make plans to pray along in real-time with Joni, Shirley Dobson and other Christian leaders on May 5 from our nation's capital – http://nationaldayofprayer.org/live/...