November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

girl giving young boy wheelchair”You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.” –2 Corinthians 9:11-12 Thank you for your generous prayers and gifts. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Abandoned No Longer!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 26, 2013
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  • Wheels For The World

Amee receiving a wheelchairWhen little Amee was born with spina bifida five years ago, her mother abandoned her. In Thailand where she lives, the burden and stigma of disability is great—too great for Amee’s mother to bear. Amee was left to be raised by her father, who left her by the side of the road all day long while he scratched out a living as a farmer. But God’s hand is not too short to reach into the jungles and dusty roadsides of Northern Thailand. Amee was rescued by associates of Joni and Friends who brought her to the outreach in Chiang Mai, Thailand. There, with your prayers, she was lifted from the dirt where she crawled, to a wheelchair fit for a princess! Giggling with joy as she was seated in her bright pink pediatric wheelchair, Amee is a living example of what your love and support accomplishes through Wheels for the World. Amee now lives in an orphanage, where her father visits whenever possible. There, Amee also has a whole new family that cares for her with the love of Christ, and with your...

"I Want to Thank You"

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 21, 2013
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  • Wheels For The World

Gabriella and her momWhen you send a wheelchair and a Bible to a little girl like Gabriella, who lives in poverty in a developing country, you change the life of her entire family. “I have prayed so much for so long,” said Gabriella’s mother Gloria. “I have no money and God is my only hope. You are His people and you are showing us through this wheelchair that God’s love has no limits! You are God’s blessing, bringing us His answer to our prayers!” Today you can meet Gabriella’s mother, Gloria, face-to-face as she expresses her thanks to you. Step right into our Wheels for the World outreach to El Salvador, by watching the video that Gloria recorded recently.

Change A Life This Christmas!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 18, 2013
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  • Wheels For The World

Change a Life this ChristmasAround the world, there are thousands children and adults with disabilities who are longing for mobility, and hoping for a brighter future. In developing nations, where disabled people suffer most, wheelchairs cost more than a year’s salary and often aren’t available even for the rich. But this Christmas, you can send the perfect gift – a wheelchair! – to someone who would never expect it. Just $150 will send a wheelchair, a Bible, and the love of Jesus to a disabled child or adult living in impoverished conditions. Imagine the joy of the child or adult who receives a wheelchair and the love of Christ through you! As you give abundantly to someone with a disability this Christmas, may the joy of Jesus’ birth will fill your heart, knowing that “this service you perform not only meets the needs of God's people, but produces an outpouring of gratitude to God!” (2 Cor. 9:12)
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Changing Lives Through Chair Corps

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 16, 2013
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  • Wheels For The World

Chair Corps team in the Inland Empire
Providing wheelchairs to people with disabilities around the world is possible because of hundreds of dedicated Chair Corps volunteers who serve across the United States. Chair Corps volunteers provide local drop-off sites for used wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and canes, making it easy for anyone in their local community to donate mobility equipment to Wheels for the World. Recently, our Chair Corps representatives in the Inland Empire of California collected their 2000th wheelchair and the whole team of volunteers got...

Your Caring Love Strengthens Families

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 14, 2013
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  • Family Retreats

Audrey with her sons at Family RetreatAudrey on a paddle boat with her son
Audrey, a single mom, is raising two strapping young men with developmental disabilities. Shouldering all the responsibility alone, her road has been demanding and exhausting. She has rarely found understanding from others – until your support welcomed her with open arms to Family Retreat. “I’m at the beginning of my Christian faith,” Audrey said. “At Family Retreat I see a lot of people who care – and I don’t get a lot of that in my life. At home I can’t let my guard down in front of my boys. I have to hold it all inside.” “I look around Family Retreat and see that God has carried all these...

A Better December

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 12, 2013
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  • What's New in Our Store

A Better December book by Steve EstesDoes Christmastime leave you feeling frazzled? This season, you can unwind with Steve Estes’ A Better December. In this little gem of a book, you will find refreshing, yet poignant stories that will boost your spirits during the year’s busiest season. Estes’ cleverly combines the wisdom of Proverbs with present-day true stories and punctuates them with whimsical pen-and-ink illustrations. Each chapter is truly a Christmas treat! Order your copy today!

Integrating Children with Disabilities in Haiti

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 11, 2013
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  • Radio, Video Archives

In developing countries, people with disabilities are often treated as outcasts; this is especially true for children with special needs. Kids are often excluded from schools, mocked and bullied by other children, and neglected by their own families. But Luke 14 says, “When you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed." And yes, that includes children with disabilities. So how do we obey to the Word of God in Luke 14? Well, Jenny Jay, a Ministry and Missions intern, does it by serving with our Cause 4 Life ministry outreach in Haiti. There, Jenny worked with other interns on teaching typical children how to love and befriend kids with disabilities. Together, they played games, sang songs, and learned about Jesus’ love for all children. Curious to learn more about how Cause 4 Life is carrying out the Luke 14 mandate? Just watch this short video with a message from Jenny.

A New Generation of Disability Leaders

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 8, 2013
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, Cause 4 Life

Kathleen with a child in HaitiAt Joni and Friends, we are committed to disability ministry – not just for today, but also for the future! That’s why our Christian Institute on Disability wants to say thank you. It is through your support that we are able to offer internships, training, and curriculum to the next generation of disability leaders. Because of your partnership, these top-notch students receive Biblical education and hands-on experience, pairing solid preparation with a passion for disability ministry. “Through what you’ve taught us, the Lord has equipped us to share God’s heart for disability,” says intern Kathleen Kimbrough. “Equipped and empowered are the two best words to describe my internship at Joni and Friends. I’m ready to implement what I’ve learned for the rest of my life!” Thank you for your...

From Romania with Love...

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 6, 2013
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  • Wheels For The World

Ionewscu receiving her new wheelchairIonescu with her parents
Your love is changing lives around the world! Please take a minute to read this letter for you from a grateful family in Romania… Dear friends, Five years ago, our little girl Ionescu received a wheelchair from you. It was the first time in her life that she could move by herself. The wheelchair you gave her taught her how to live – to play, to go to school, to have friends and be a normal little girl. We were given two special books with Ionescu’s wheelchair – a Bible and a book about a lady named Joni. Through these...

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