September 2012

“Family Retreat is My Disneyland!”

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 25, 2012
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  • Family Retreats

Angela and Jeremy with friends at Family Retreat19-year-old Angela has been a Short Term Missionary (STM) at Family Retreats for four years in a row. Why the four-peat? “If you want to experience God in a whole new way – and see Him working through you all week – come to Family Retreat! It’s transformed my life completely,” says Angela. “I see God’s image in a different way and I see genuine, unconditional love here.” Angela spent an exciting and challenging week...

You and Your Church Could Experience This!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 21, 2012
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  • Family Retreats

Pastor Lyndon Shook, his wife Tammy, and the 41 volunteers from their congregation at Family RetreatPastor Lyndon Shook and his wife Tammy brought 41 people from their congregation to serve as Short Term Missionaries at Joni and Friends Family Retreat. Every one of them was passionate about serving… Pastor Shook explained why. “The lessons God shows us at Family Retreat are priceless,” said Pastor Shook. “The kids we serve are so happy and they trust the Lord. God can turn marriages around, bring hope and counsel from...

Five Brothers Receive Their First Wheelchairs!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 18, 2012
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  • Wheels For The World

Five brothers smiling in their new wheelchairs
It was hard to believe. One, two, three, four, five disabled brothers were lifted from the bus on a hot day in West Africa. The last brother emerged— Vincent, the 20-year old fulltime caregiver for all five of his beloved brothers. On this day, Vincent had somehow managed to bring them all to our Wheels for the World distribution. It was an astonishing sight. Because of your faithful support and God’s supply, Wheels for the World provided all five brothers with customized wheelchairs—and all five young men...

“Here We Both Hear God!”

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 13, 2012
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  • Family Retreats

STM William and Judy who is non-verbalLanette pushing her son Juddy in his wheelchair
At Family Retreats, God uses your prayer to restore families with the healing love of Christ through inspiring teaching, worship, and Christ-centered fellowship. For these families that live with disability, the exhaustion and isolation of everyday life never seem to end – until they arrive at Family Retreat! “We drive through the gates, and people are cheering and calling out our names!” says Lanette. “My son Juddy realizes, ‘At Family...

Beyond Suffering Curriculum in Braille and Spanish Editions

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 11, 2012
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  • In the Media, Christian Institute on Disability

Beyond Suffering Curriculum in Braille and Spanish EditionsBeyond Suffering: A Christian View on Disability Ministry by Joni Eareckson Tada and Steve Bundy, a groundbreaking course of study created to transform the way Christians view God’s plan for disability and suffering, is now available in Spanish and Braille Editions.

“Joni and Friends International Disability Center strives to anticipate the needs of the disability community and provide user-friendly resources for those looking to equip churches for disability ministry,” explained Bundy, Tada’s co-author on the project and Vice President of the Christian Institute on Disability at Joni and Friends. “To reach our Spanish-speaking audience, the complete Study Guide and the Leader’s Guide have been fully translated, with Spanish subtitles now included for each of the video case studies from the award-winning Joni and Friends Television Series.” The Braille Edition includes the Study Guide with the Course Reader, as well as the Leader’s Manual translated into a .brf format for use with Braille reading software and printers...

 

Beyond Suffering Pastor's Conference

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 7, 2012
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  • Christian Institute on Disability

Beyond Suffering Pastor's ConferenceYour faithfulness is reaping a harvest throughout China! This year, over 300 Chinese pastors and church leaders attended Joni and Friends’ disability ministry conference, Beyond Suffering, where a detailed study of Scripture revealed a biblical view of suffering and disability. “This training is helping us to bring many disabled people into the Church,” said one disability ministry leader. “Joni and Friends has helped us to understand God’s heart and empowered us to extend His love in...

Building Strong Marriages in Christ!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 4, 2012
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  • Family Retreats

Greg and Tiffany“At Family Retreat, Greg and I experienced something in our marriage that we could never experience anywhere else!” said Tiffany. “God is at the center of everything at Retreat, drawing us closer to Him and closer as a family. Because our children are completely cared for, we’re able to care for our marriage. As a couple, we’re stronger and closer than ever because of our time here.” Families with disability face enormous challenges and marriages often crumble under the burden. With your support, God is using Family Retreats to heal marriages and knit homes together once again. And because you pray, even divorce papers...