Watch this video to get a taste of the fun and encouragement you can experience at an upcoming Family Retreat.
Recently students from Bethany Christian School near Los Angeles toured the Joni and Friends International Disability Center – they learned about disability awareness, our Family Retreats, and Wheels for the World. During their tour, they stopped by Joni’s office to present a check for $250. Said one student, “We raised this money by collecting recyclable bottles and cans!” Before their visit ended, one of the parents accompanying the group decided to “match” the amount – this sponsors Bibles, disability ministry training, and two Regency pediatric wheelchairs to be delivered by Wheels for the World to needy disabled children overseas. Our special thanks to the boys and girls at Bethany Christian school. Why not find out how you can add to their gift?!
On the final evening of the National Religious Broadcasters convention, Joni was inducted into the NRB Hall of Fame at the awards dinner. Joni is flanked at the presentation by Rich Bott, chairman, and Dr. Frank Wright, CEO. Amidst a standing ovation, Joni thanked her friends at Ambassador Agency, particularly Al Sanders and Jon Campbell, for planting the vision for the “Joni and Friends” radio program which, this year, celebrates 30 years on the air. “I also want to thank Doug Mazza and the leadership at Joni and Friends for encouraging me to continue in Christian broadcasting,” said Joni after the presentation. Drop Joni a note of congratulations on this blog, and be sure to visit our Radio Page to enjoy listening to several of Joni’s recent programs. From all of us here at the Joni and Friends International Disability Center, we say to our friend, “Congratulations, Joni!”
Joni's presence at the NRB convention is all about thanking the hundreds of station managers who carry the "Joni and Friends" radio program -- and one of the best ways we can show our gratitude is to invite them to our annual Hymn Sing. We just find an open lobby, gather a few chairs, and people arrive from all over the convention, looking for a chance to harmonize on favorite old hymns. This evening Joni will be inducted into the NRB Hall of Fame, a coveted honor shared with some of the greats in Christian broadcasting. We know you join us in congratulating Joni on this special award, as well as celebrating 30 years of broadcasting the "Joni and Friends" radio program.
We're especially thankful to our good friends at Ambassador Advertising Agency for all their hard work in producing and distributing Joni's program over these many years! Watch this short clip of the hymn sing...
Doug Mazza, president and COO of Joni and Friends, will be joining Joni in Nashville, Tennessee for the National Religious Broadcasters board meeting. Doug was elected to the national NRB board in 2011 and will serve alongside Joni, long-term board member, as well as 70 other nationally prominent Christian leaders who influence the media for Christ’s kingdom. Last year, Joni’s one-minute daily radio feature was awarded “NRB’s Radio Program of the Year.” On Tuesday evening, February 21st, Joni will be inducted into the “NRB Hall of Fame” at this year’s awards banquet. The entire Joni and Friends team is grateful to God that Joni and Doug have the honor of helping to shape policies and directives in Christian media through their participation on the NRB board – please pray for them during this week’s board meetings.
Watch this video to hear Joni share about her diving accident and how she came to Christ.
We met this special 6-year-old when his father, Feliciano, brought him to our Wheels for the World outreach in Peru – Feliciano shared that Erick spent all his time in bed; the only time his son saw daylight was when Feliciano carried him outside. Erick couldn’t go to school because they wouldn’t accept a disabled child unless he had a suitable wheelchair. Our Wheels physical therapist, Dan, began stretching little Erick’s heels and ankles – after some time, the stiff muscles began to loosen up. That’s when Dan decided to try something extraordinary. He lifted Erick and stood him up on his wobbly legs. Dan had to carefully assist, but within time, Erick was able to ‘walk’ across the room! Feliciano was absolutely overjoyed and gladly took down notes as Dan gave instructions for Erick’s physical therapy to be done at home. He wrote down every word, nodding with excitement he could hardly contain. This little boy and his daddy opened their hearts to receive Jesus that day; we introduced them to a local pastor who was sharing the Gospel at our outreach – the pastor was happy to invite Feliciano and Erick to church! Read more about Erick’s story in this month’s support letter from Joni and Friends!
It's not too late to register for The Renew Conference to be held this weekend in Nashville, Tennessee. The conference will address how Christians should respond to suffering, and how to minister to others who are dealing with affliction. This important conference will be held at Community Bible Church in Nashville, February 10-12. The theme is “Our Affliction… His Grace.” Joni Eareckson Tada will be speaking, as well as Tullian Tchividjian and others who have wrestled with the subject of suffering and the goodness of God. Make plans to join Joni for this extraordinary conference – you will be inspired, equipped and refreshed! Get all the details at therenewconference.org.
In this video, Ken Tada shares how his prayer life deepened during Joni’s cancer journey.
Over the last week, James Rene of our Joni and Friends' Christian Institute on Disability was in Lima, Peru teaching at the Christian Missionary Alliance Seminary (CMA). He led our disability ministry course of study called "Beyond Suffering" to 60 key CMA Peruvian pastors -- these men represented more than 400 CMA churches (the largest denomination in Peru). Says James, "These men are serious and committed and it was so exciting to see hearts and minds changed. Most of them never realized how much the Bible talks about God's heart for people with disabilities -- their eyes were opened!"
These CMA pastors signed a covenant to apply what they learned among Peruvians with disabilities. Many expressed immediate plans to make their churches accessible, train their ministry leaders, teach their congregations and begin outreach! Plans are set for a national pastor's conference in Peru in March with over 300 pastors and 2,000 ministry leaders. "Beyond Suffering" and the Luke 14 mandate will be a major theme. President of the CMA, Mario Perez, announced, "We must get the Luke 14 mandate into the DNA of our ministry leaders. Viva Peru!!! Gloria Dios!!!" To find out more about teaching opportunities in other ...