December 2012

Lies of Witchdoctor Broken by God's Amazing Grace

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 26, 2012
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  • Wheels For The World

Clinton in his new wheelchairIn developing nations like Ghana, West Africa, disabled children and adults are stigmatized and their families held captive by ancient cultic belief systems. When Clinton was 6 months old, his mother Bernice realized he was not progressing normally. In desperation, she turned to herbalist “witchdoctors,” who took vast amounts of money and promised a cure. Six years later, there was still no change. Then came God’s powerful love through you and Wheels for the World! Thanks to your faithfulness, Clinton received a beautiful wheelchair that will make life so much easier for him and his family. But it was the Gospel message that brought the greatest freedom of all. That day in Ghana, Bernice learned that Clinton is God’s beautiful creation...

Your Love Brings Hope to Hurting Families

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 20, 2012
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  • Family Retreats

Deanne, Grant, and Nathan having fun at Family RetreatDeanne and Grant are the parents of three children, and Nathan has autism. “Families who deal with disabilities feel so beaten down every day,” explains Deanne. “Life goes from one bill or therapy session to another. We’re consumed by autism.” Because of faithful friends like you, the Nelson family experienced their first Family Retreat. “The thought of five days where Nathan could actually do well …it seemed impossible,” explained Deanne. “But God wrote our names on people’s hearts—we were given a scholarship. Then we knew He was making it possible! Family Retreat is one miracle after another! We have a little boy out there swimming and having the time of his life—not one breakdown, not one problem—he’s just a kid this week...

Farewell to Interns, Jean and Jane

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 18, 2012
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  • Joni's Posts, Cause 4 Life

jean, joni, and janeThese two exceptional young women have been serving at the Joni and Friends International Disability Center for three months now – Jean, on the left, has been working in our visual media department; Jane, with our accounting and special projects department. Being at the IDC has given them a passion for disability ministry, and we are on pins-and-needles to see where God will lead them. Jean's parents were born in Romania (and I encouraged her to consider volunteering with next year's International Family Retreats in Romania). Jane is from China and she is already making plans to return to her country to volunteer with our International Family Retreats there in 2013. Pray for these wonderful sisters in Christ, that God will fling open wide their next, new doors of opportunity. Interested in serving as an intern? Check out our Cause4Life page!

Christmas: When the Impossible Becomes a Glorious Possibility!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 17, 2012
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  • Radio, Video Archives

If someone were to tell you they could fit a battleship into a bath tub, you would say, “That’s impossible!” Well, Jesus Christ who overflowed all time and space took on human flesh, even that of a helpless baby. And it’s because with God, all things are possible! Watch Joni’s video message as she welcomes you to celebrate the God of impossibilities this Christmas Season. And don’t forget to listen to Joni’s radio programs, where the true spirit of Christmas is all about Jesus.

Thank You for Changing Lives through Wheels for the World!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 11, 2012
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  • Wheels For The World

Wheels for the World InfographicTogether through Wheels for the World, we have changed the lives of thousands of children and adults living with disability. Because of your generosity this year, the Gospel has been shared with more than 6,300 people along with the precious gift of mobility! Wheels for the World is not simply about “dropping off a wheelchair.” It’s about changing the hearts, minds, and lives of people affected by disability. Since 1994, lives have been transformed as Joni and Friends has collected, restored, and distributed more than 90,000 wheelchairs to people affected by disability. And in 2013, with 23 outreaches in 16 countries, even more lives will be changed! You can get involved in 2013… pray for teams serving as short term missionaries, donate to support a team, or go (2013 signups...

An Ambassador for Christ –Because of Disability, Not In Spite of It

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 7, 2012
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  • Wheels For The World

Justin sharing his communication board Justin Howard is a wheelchair user and is non-verbal. How does he communicate? He expresses his thoughts, his needs, and his emotions by using a communication board. And recently, God used Justin to show families in the Dominican Republic how they can communicate with their non-verbal children! After attending Family Retreat for three years, Justin wanted to give back by serving others. God paved the way…. Recently Justin and his parents brought their disability experience and...