November 2014

100,000 Wheelchairs Sent by You

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 25, 2014
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  • Wheels For The World

Ebenezer in his new wheelchairEbenezer attending school for the first time
When 5-year-old Ebenezer in Ghana, Africa received the gift of mobility, it marked a milestone for our ministry – it was the 100,000th wheelchair delivered through Wheels for the World. With your faithful prayers and generous support, God has brought joy and hope to thousands. Thank you!

Give The Perfect Gift…and Transform a Life! 

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 20, 2014
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  • Wheels For The World

Sheara in her new Regency Pediatric WheelchairFinding just the right gift can be a challenge. However, for a child with a disability, what could be a more perfect gift than a wheelchair to show God’s love in a tangible way? Listen to three-year-old Sheara’s story. Soon after she was born, her father abandoned her. Because she had a disability, he wouldn’t care for her. Sheara’s mother, Evelyn was left alone to provide for her little girl. She worked in the fields under the scorching sun with Sheara wrapped on her back. Evelyn had little hope...

Joni and Dr. Charles Ware Talk Global Access

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 17, 2014
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, Video Archives

Dr. Charles Ware is one of the keynote speakers for the Global Access Conference 2015. As a dynamic and energizing speaker, Joni and Friends is excited to have him share his experience and perspective on disability ministry. To learn more about the conference and the other speakers and presenters, please visit www.globalaccessconference.org.

Hope in Christ Overflows at Family Retreat

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 13, 2014
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  • Family Retreats

Emeric on the climbing wall at Family RetreatWhy do special-needs families call Family Retreat “a slice of heaven?” Because Jesus is everywhere – and with Him come these two things: hope and joy! At Family Retreat everything’s possible because everything’s accessible! In the sun-splashed beauty of God’s outdoor creation, families experience the love and joy of Jesus through power-packed worship, relevant Bible teaching, heartfelt connections with other families and exciting summer adventures for every member of the family! This summer, 7-year-old Emeric rolled his wheelchair toward the climbing wall. It was awfully high, but it sure looked fun. Emeric was up for the challenge. He was all anticipation as the volunteers hitched him up for the climb. Alongside his dad Jake, he scaled the wall! No fear for Emeric – just trust, hope and the courageous joy that God gives kids and parents at Family Retreat! “As a family, we find good quality family time and...

Joni's 2014 Christmas Cards Are Still Available!

Joni's White Christmas Christmas CardYou still have time! Joni’s 2014 Christmas Cards are still available from Joni and Friends! This year’s cards feature two brand new designs! The White Christmas design features Joni’s charming pen-and-ink art – used for the first time ever on a Christmas card! Capturing the warm welcome that awaits travelers as they draw near to home, the snowy scene shows through a silver-edged die cut window in the card’s front. Inside scripture is Luke 2:14.

Joni's Star of Wonder Christmas CardThe Star of Wonder design is a regal, gold-foiled card featuring Joni’s depiction of Mary and Joseph on the road to Bethlehem, and the radiant star that announced the Savior’s birth. Inside scripture is Matthew 1:22-23.

Each box of Joni's 2014 Christmas Cards contains 15 cards and 16 foil-lined envelopes.
Order your cards while supplies last!

Singing with Christopher

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 7, 2014
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  • Joni's Posts, Christian Institute on Disability, Video Archives

Christopher and Joni singing togetherWatch as Christopher and I sing his favorite song, “Open the Eyes of My Heart.” This song has special significance when Christopher sings it because he is blind and has autism… through his song he’s teaching us to see things the way that God does – through the heart. Christopher was born prematurely at 26 weeks and only weighed 1 lb and 12 oz. When he was adopted, his parents Steve and Christine realized that Christopher had perfect pitch. He has since sung at various events and has inspired thousands with his story. That’s why I am so thrilled that Christopher will be singing at the Global Access Conference in February 2015. Won’t you join us as we worship together and inspire one another to advance disability ministry? Register today!

People with Alzheimer's Are Still People

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 3, 2014
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  • Radio, Video Archives

Gladys WilsonFor most people, the thought of living with Alzheimer’s is terrifying. Although Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and as many as 5.1 million Americans live with this condition*, many do not understand this disease. We have come to believe as a society that our reasoning, language, memory, and the power to live independently is what makes us human. But what happens when the ability to think and...