July 2014

F.U.S.E. 2014

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 31, 2014
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  • In the Media

FUSE Conference 2014Join us September 12-13 for F.U.S.E. 2014! This premier regional conference in Ohio is dedicated to building bridges in disability ministry to churches, those working in the disability or mental health fields, and anyone touched by disability. You won’t want to miss this year’s presenters: Kathy McReynolds, Ph.D., Director of Academic Studies at the Christian Institute on Disability and Cynthia Berry, MATM, Manager Joni and Friends U.S. Area Ministries... plus we’re hosting a number of breakout sessions featuring topics relevant for you and your church. Learn more about F.U.S.E. 2014 ...

The Day That Changed Everything

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 30, 2014
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

Joni on a stryker frameJoni: An Unforgettable Story

Today, 47 years ago, I took a reckless dive into shallow water – it was a fateful dive which completely altered my life. At first, when doctors told me I would be a quadriplegic, I sank into a deep depression. Thankfully, Christian friends were praying and, eventually, I began to take a closer look at the Bible to see what God had to say about my plight. I learned that the God of the Bible is not sometimes sovereign. He does not occupy the throne one day and vacate it the next. He is supremely in charge (often for purposes we cannot understand the side of eternity). But as we trust Him, some of those purposes can become plain. And for me, His purpose has meant giving the love of Christ to...

Are You A Blogger? Joni and Friends Wants You!

Joni and Friends 35th Anniversary Blog ContestBloggers, here’s your chance to win fun prizes and share your support of Joni and Friends! This month we’re hosting our 35th Anniversary Blog Contest to celebrate the past 35 years of ministry to people affected by disability. You’re invited to join the celebration by sharing how Joni and Friends has impacted you! To enter this special blog contest, all you need to do is follow these simple steps…

Another Kind of Courage in Africa

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 24, 2014
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  • Joni's Posts, Family Retreats

Father at International Family Retreat in Ghana reading Another Kind of CourageNo matter where you travel in the world, caring parents of kids with disabilities share a common bond: they want the best for their children. But it takes great courage to raise a child with special-needs. It's why I was especially touched by this father-and-son photo taken at our recent International Family Retreat in Ghana, West Africa. While his little boy naps, Dad gleans wisdom from our book Another Kind of Courage, authored by Joni and Friends President Doug Mazza, and Vice President, Steve Bundy (both are fathers of kids with severe disabilities). If you know a dad who is raising a special-needs child, tell him about this extraordinary book (or order a copy for him today) – it'll inspire, refresh, and bless his heart!

Leave a Rich Legacy!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 22, 2014
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  • Joni's Posts, Video Archives, Wheels For The World

Wheels for the World LegacyMy heart aches for the children of the world who are disabled. And Joni and Friends is setting an unprecedented goal to deliver 3500 pediatric wheelchairs to needy disabled children in one year! We are calling this campaign the Wheels for the World Legacy Gift. The plight of boys and girls with disabilities...

Joni's Parents' Reflections

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 21, 2014
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  • Radio, Video Archives

Lindy EarecksonCan you imagine what it would be like to be told your daughter will live the rest of her life in a wheelchair? For Joni’s parents, those first few years of Joni’s paralysis were filled with questions, doubts, and fears aimed at doctors and God. After all, quadriplegia was something completely new and unknown to this family. So, how did they make it through? In this short video clip, you’ll hear Lindy and John Eareckson talk about...

Meet Cause 4 Life Intern, Lauren – Part 2

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 18, 2014
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  • Cause 4 Life

Lauren with Cause 4 Life internsRead Part 1
(Today's post was written by Danielle Ledoux, Joni and Friends Cause 4 Life Vocational Intern.) Despite her cerebral palsy and wheelchair, Lauren Compere enrolled in Mississippi College to study psychology and follow her desire to minister to others. But she wanted to do something big during the summer—an internship. “I don’t know if that was a God thing or a Lauren thing,” she commented. At first, it may have appeared to be a “Lauren thing” because when she tried to go to Haiti with a church, the door slammed shut in her face. Disappointed, she settled for studying Spanish in Spain, not knowing that God had other plans. In the middle of a hectic spring semester, Lauren decided to skip a conference which she had planned on attending. But her best friend and caregiver insisted that she go to hear speaker Joni Eareckson Tada. That night as she hung on Joni’s every word, Lauren realized, “This lady completely gets it. I knew that conference—that talk—would change my life. I knew...

Meet Cause 4 Life Intern, Lauren – Part 1

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 17, 2014
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  • Cause 4 Life

Eric and Lauren(Today's post was written by Danielle Ledoux, Joni and Friends Cause 4 Life Vocational Intern.) If she can do it, you can do it. “The Lord opens doors that no man can shut.” Eric’s eyes, warm and glossy like melted chocolate, peered into Lauren’s face. He proclaimed again unsteadily, “The Lord opens doors that no man can shut.” Lost in Eric’s eyes, Lauren felt the sweetness enveloping this man. His black hair and stubbly beard covered a dear face that framed “sweet little expressions,” as Lauren said. Though his quirks and expressions indicated some disability, Lauren didn’t care. Holding Eric’s hand, she heard once more that quivery voice: “The Lord opens doors that no man can shut.” And she cried. Remembering that night, Lauren proudly showed a picture of her and Eric from the Friendship Club—a gathering of adults with disabilities and volunteers to talk, worship, and learn together. Lauren only wished that she could touch those dear...

Watch Joni Go On a Giant Swing!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 14, 2014
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  • Radio, Video Archives

Giant SwingAt Joni and Friends Family Retreats there’s Biblical encouragement, counseling, worship—and fun! And when we say fun, we mean it! From horseback riding, to swimming in the pool, to zip-lining, special needs families partake in all sorts of great activities. Well, last summer, at our Family Retreat in in Texas, everyone was getting on the “Giant Swing”—even kids with disabilities! As Joni saw each person, one-by-one...

When You Send a Wheelchair, Lives are Changed!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 11, 2014
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  • Wheels For The World

Valentin in his new Regency Pediatric WheelchairWhen he was three years old, Valentin was adopted by a loving older lady named Elena. “Valentin captured my heart,” she said. “God gave me the desire to adopt him – this beautiful little boy that nobody wanted.” Across the world, thousands of babies like Valentin are abandoned because they are born with a disability. Stigma, shame, poverty and desperation had driven his parents to leave him on the doorstep of an orphanage when he was only days old. But God had great plans for Valentin … plans that included you. For eight years, Elena...

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