July 2012

Jan Takes Courage to a Whole New Place!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 30, 2012
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  • Wheels For The World

Peter observes as Wheels therapist Jan Hall works on motor skills with his son, Courage.Courage has never been to school or used his hands to hold a pen or a crayon. Recently, his father Peter brought him to receive a wheelchair, but Wheels for the World offers so much more… Our volunteer Wheels for the World teams include highly skilled professionals that offer expertise in diagnosis, physical therapy, and training. They not only custom-fit every wheelchair, they provide valuable, much-needed medical assessment and education for parents. In turn, mothers and fathers are more able to strengthen and empower their children for years to come. As physical therapist Jan Hall expertly began the assessment process with little Courage, she realized that he was capable of so much more than his family knew. A Regency...

Spinal Cord Injury Prevention

Causes of Spinal Cord Injury InfographNext week marks 45 years since Joni Eareckson Tada’s reckless dive into the Chesapeake Bay which resulted in a spinal cord injury. With approximately 11,000 new cases occurring each year in the US, spinal cord injury (SCI) usually begins with a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine, which fractures or dislocates vertebrae. Statistics show that SCI is most often caused by motor vehicle accidents, falls, acts of...

Where the Love of God is Found

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 24, 2012
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  • Wheels For The World

orapin and her daughter dear in her new wheelchairTen-year-old Dear was born with cerebral palsy. Local doctors in Thailand offered no help to her mother, Orapin – until this year. A tiny village hospital told her about Joni and Friends’ Wheels for the World outreach. “Go there,” they said. “They will show you love.” So Orapin packed up Dear and traveled over four hours to reach the Wheels for the World distribution site. Orapin didn’t dare hope for too much – but because of the promise that she would find love at Wheels for the World, Orapin traveled on through the night with Dear in her arms. As a wheelchair was customized for Dear by Wheels therapists, the Gospel of Jesus Christ was shared with Orapin, using a Thai Bible. But it was the moment when Dear was tenderly lifted into a beautiful wheelchair that Jesus’ love became real. It was the hands-on proof that God tenderly cares for His little ones. “The doctors were right,” Orapin said. “We have found love here at Joni and Friends.” And holding her new Bible, she whispered ... “These are the love letters from our Father.” With your generous help, Wheels for the World is rebuilding the lives of people just like Orapin...

Commemorating 45 Years of Quadriplegia

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 23, 2012
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  • Radio, Video Archives

She was only 17 when it happened. A young and vibrant Joni Eareckson Tada snapped her neck in a reckless diving accident, leaving her paralyzed. Faced with life in a wheelchair, Joni could barely hold on to hope. But today, 45 years later, Joni is living out her life serving Christ and people affected by disability. So, how did Joni go from despair and depression to leading a thriving disability ministry? Learn more about Joni’s story through the film that has captivated millions around the world—Joni. And if you’d like to watch a small clip of the Joni film, click here.

Teaching the Teacher at Family Retreat

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 19, 2012
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  • Family Retreats

Ty and Danny in the swimming poolTy Coleman is a special education teacher in Laffayette, Pennsylvania. At the end of the school year, instead of taking a vacation, Ty heads to Family Retreat, where he serves kids and families with disabilities as a Short Term Missionary (STM) with joy and passion. Why? “At Family Retreat people with disabilities are happy and celebrated,” says Ty. “We see ‘God smiles’ all day long. God’s love is here in what one person does for another. At Family Retreat we’re all unified, we’re all unique and celebrated. Family Retreat is how God intended us to be!” Ty’s job as an STM is demanding as he serves Danny, who has developmental...

New Soul Surfer Devotional

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 16, 2012
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  • What's New in Our Store

Bethany Hamilton's Soul Surfer DevotionalBrand new to the Joni and Friends store is Bethany Hamilton’s Soul Surfer devotional. Best known for her remarkable return to surfing after losing her arm in a shark attack, Bethany’s triumph over adversity has inspired millions of people. In her contemporary devotional, Bethany has carefully selected scriptures that guide young women to rely on God in times of uncertainty, as well as prayers to focus on and wipeouts to avoid. No matter how great or small your adversity, let Bethany’s devotional encourage you to rely on God in the midst of your suffering. Also makes a great gift for a young woman you know!

A Life God Changed through You...

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 13, 2012
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  • Wheels For The World

genesis in her new wheelchair, smilingGenecis is a little girl with shining eyes filled with love. But she can’t express it. Born with cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder, Genecis has never spoken and cannot walk. But when she was lifted into a shiny new pediatric wheelchair, joy burst over her little face. That's when we introduced a communication board to Genecis’ mom, Luisa – she opened a book filled with simple signs that her daughter could point at to communicate her needs and thoughts (things like “eat,” “tired” “happy” “sleep”). Luisa and Genecis picked out their very own signs and a communication board was made. Seated in her new wheelchair with her brand new communication board on her lap...

An Oasis of Hope for Families

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 10, 2012
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  • Family Retreats

A father and son share time together at a Wounded Warrior GetawayGod is using you to wrap His arms around families affected by disability or injury at Family Retreats here in the U.S. and at international locations worldwide. For our brave servicemen and women returning home from war with life-changing injuries and disabilities, Joni and Friends offers Wounded Warrior Getaway – the only military partnership program designed to minister to the needs of a soldier and his or her entire family. When weary and hurting families arrive at Family Retreat or Wounded Warrior Getaway, they find an...

Wheelchair Collection at the IDC on July 13

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 8, 2012
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  • Wheels For The World

Chair Corps collecting wheelchairs at a wheelchair driveOn July 13, 2012, Joni and Friends Wheels for the World plans to hold a wheelchair collection at the Joni and Friends International Disability Center. The event will be held from 1p.m. to 7 p.m. and anyone, from individuals to businesses, can bring wheelchairs, collapsible walkers, aluminum crutches, and canes for donation. Joni and Friends volunteers and local Chair Corps representatives will be available to accept the items. After the articles are restored, they will be sent...

Update from Our Interns in Haiti

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 5, 2012
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  • Cause 4 Life

C4L interns sharing the Gospel with special needs children in HaitiThank you for praying for our Cause 4 Life interns who have been serving this week in Haiti at two churches and a special needs orphanage. We’ve received a great report from our Internship Director who writes from Haiti: “These orphans with special needs are rarely visited, but we’re here to show Christ. We’ve been sharing the gospel through songs, skits and crafts, expressing God’s love through a much needed warm embrace. You should see the joy on the children’s faces!” While in Haiti, the interns are providing training in special education and occupational therapy to caregivers at the orphanage as well as teachers and parents at two churches. Many families affected by disability don’t yet attend church, but the team is helping the churches reach local families by providing the very first special needs classroom in Haiti! Please continue to keep the interns in your prayers as this life-changing experience confirms their call to serve children and families affected by disability! 

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