June 2013

May I Share My Story with You?

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 25, 2013
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  • Video Archives

We all have a story – some chapters in our lives are long, some are cut far too short; and others are restful interludes between pages of discouragement, danger or drama. But we only see the meaning of our story when it fits into the context of a bigger, far greater Story; that of Jesus Christ himself. Take a moment and listen as I talk about the most meaningful chapters of my life… then, share it with your friends!

Best When Broken: A look into the life of Scott Coleman

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 24, 2013
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  • Radio, Video Archives

At a teenager, Scott Coleman was on the go—participating in all kinds of sports and activities. But when at the age of 17 he fractured his neck, leaving him a quadriplegic, Scott’s life was changed forever … it was changed for the best. From success in business to a beautiful family and time spent in the woods, Scott praises God for the work that He has done in his life. Watch a short clip of Scott telling his story and describing his newest book, “Best When Broken.”

You Can Lead With Love

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 19, 2013
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, Cause 4 Life, Video Archives

Katie ministering to Ivan in UgandaAre you longing to go deeper and wider, to share Christ with those who desperately need to know Him? Do you know a young Christian adult who’s ready to step forward as a leader in ministry? A rich opportunity for leadership training awaits. Right now, our Cause 4 Life internship program is training and equipping students and professionals for ministry, service, and advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities worldwide, through comprehensive study and practical experience. Katie is one such young woman. A wheelchair user herself, she is uniquely prepared to serve those with disabilities. Recently, she joined the Cause 4 Life internship program and traveled with a team of interns to Uganda, where she met little Ivan. No one had ever visited Ivan until Katie and her team brought blankets...

Doug Mazza: A Leader for Christ

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 17, 2013
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  • Radio, Video Archives

What brings a powerful and successful man in the corporate world into the world of disability ministry? For Doug Mazza, it was a calling of God to serve families like his—families with loved ones affected by disability. Today, Doug serves as the president and chief operating offer of “Joni and Friends” and has done so for fourteen years, helping us expand our outreach for Christ around the world to some of the neediest people with disabilities. Curious to learn more about Doug? Watch this short video clip introducing Doug Mazza.

Husband Caregiver Day

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 14, 2013
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Ken helping Joni with her foodDid you know that this Sunday is not only Father’s Day, but also Husband Caregiver Day? Many men care for their wives who’ve incurred an illness or injury — and we’d like to honor and encourage them! Listen as Joni shares how her husband Ken stays strong in the Lord as well as practical and spiritual pointers for caregiving. Do you have encouragement from experience with caring for your spouse? Please share your advice with us as well!

Cause 4 Life Web Series: Katie's Travel Advice

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 13, 2013
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  • Cause 4 Life, Video Archives

Katie has a rare form of muscular dystrophy, but that didn’t stop her from traveling to Uganda for her internship with Cause 4 Life! In the latest episode of the Love.Heal.Defend. web series, Katie shares her experience — including the specific challenges she faced traveling around a developing country in her wheelchair. Just as she followed her dream, she hopes to pave the way for other wheelchair users, encouraging them to serve God and explore His kingdom.

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Are You Asking, "WHY?"

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 10, 2013
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  • Christian Institute on Disability

Beyond Suffering iBookWhy does my daughter have cancer? Why must my husband live with Alzheimer’s? Why haven’t I been healed, even though I’ve prayed? Thankfully, God’s Word is not silent about your questions. In fact, the Bible has strong and clear things to say when it comes to life’s challenges. Beyond Suffering: A Christian View on Disability Ministry is a powerful study created by Joni and Friends. In it, you’ll discover answers to your deepest questions about God’s plan for disability and His heart for a world that is broken and suffering. Beyond Suffering courses are available in classrooms or online. And now, the Beyond Suffering curriculum is available as a multitouch book for the iPad, with adaptive screen magnification and Voice-Over technology for users...

Joni and Ken on TBN

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 6, 2013
  • 4 Comments
  • In the Media

Ken and Joni Eareckson TadaThis evening, tune in to Praise the Lord on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) to see a wonderful interview with Joni and Ken about their latest book Joni and Ken: An Untold Love Story. Airing at 7pm PST, they’ll be sharing stories from their marriage journey through quadriplegia, depression, pain, and cancer – and the hope they’ve found in God’s grace. Check your local listings for more information or stream live. Let their story inspire and encourage your own life and marriage!

Join Us In Praying For Our Interns!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 4, 2013
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, Cause 4 Life

MMA and MMB Summer Interns

On Monday we were honored to welcome two new groups of Cause 4 Life interns to the Joni and Friends International Disability Center (IDC). This summer we have 9 interns participating in our 8-week Missions and Ministry Academy (MMA) and 10 interns in our all new 4-week Ministry and Missions Bootcamp (MMB). What an encouragement it has been to see so many young people fired up about devoting their summer to serving the Lord! These internships will be filled with training, mentoring, working at the IDC, community service, volunteering at a Family Retreat, plus a mission trip to Haiti! We...

Joni, a Painter for God's Pleasure

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 3, 2013
  • 2 Comments
  • Radio

How does an artist come to be? For Joni, it all began as a child sitting at her daddy’s lap, watching him paint. But never did Joni imagine that her diving accident would be the very means God would use to shape her into a world-famous painter. Click here to watch a short video clip of Joni’s life as an artist. There’s more to this story, so make sure to see the full TV episode, “Painting for God’s Pleasure.”