April 2015

Prayer Strengthens Dads at Family Retreat 

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 30, 2015
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  • Family Retreats

Fathers praying at Family RetreatFor 6 years, Kempton and his wife, Caryn, have brought their four children to Family Retreat. Their 11-year-old son, Christian, is disabled. But that’s not the only reason they come. Kempton serves as Camp Pastor, living out 2 Corinthians 1:4 as he “comforts those in any trouble with the comfort [he himself] has received from...

10 Vital Truths About Autism

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 28, 2015
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  • Christian Institute on Disability

10 Truths About AutismAs the month for Autism Awareness comes to an end, we’d like to share this helpful article from Pat Verbal, Senior Manager of Curriculum Development at Joni and Friends. The challenge for the Church is to stay aware of what we need to do to make our churches welcoming and loving places for ALL children. In “10 Vital Truths About Autism” Pat points out that while social services can help families affected by autism “they can’t lead parents and children to...

Amazing Advancements in SCI Treatment

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 23, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media, Video Archives

X-ray of a human skeletonAlmost every month, there seem to be new advancements in spinal cord injury cure/treatment. A man with a completely severed spinal cord has walked again with the help of some cells from his nose. After a knife attack, Darek Fidyka, a 38-year-old Bulgarian, was paralyzed from the chest down for four years. Scientists from Britain and Poland took stem cells from his nasal passages, transplanted them into his back and 're-grew'...

Join us this Summer and Experience the Joy for Yourself!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 21, 2015
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  • Family Retreats

STM and her camperJoni and Friends Family Retreats provide a lifeline to families who want hope and encouragement that will last. You and your family will be blessed, inspired, and make new friendships that will last a lifetime. If you're a family affected by disability, contact us about attending Family Retreat. Hurry! Some Retreats are already closed or waitlisted for this...

Introducing Beyond Suffering Advanced Studies: A Christian View on the Healthcare Humanities

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 13, 2015
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  • Christian Institute on Disability

Beyond Suffering Advanced StudiesBeyond Suffering Advanced Studies: A Christian View on the Healthcare Humanities is a unique and groundbreaking advanced course designed to reintroduce the ancient ideal of practical reasoning, self...

A Little Girl's Dream Comes True

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 10, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

Cammy and Duncan KeithLittle Cammy was born with Rett syndrome, a rare and severe neurological disorder that left her unable to walk or speak—which means she can’t play sports like most kids. But Cammy loves watching hockey, especially when...

People are Opportunities to Love God

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 7, 2015
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  • Cause 4 Life

Cause 4 Life Global Missions and InternsLet the statement sink in. Read it again… say it out loud. Why… Because it’s a call to the church, to the working professional, to the stay at home mom, to the college student, to the retired layman. No one can escape the command to “love your neighbor as...

Autism TV Episodes

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 6, 2015
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  • Radio, Video Archives

Caleb BundyFor parents Steve and Melissa Bundy, parenting their teenage son Caleb who has autism is not easy. Because Caleb is nonverbal, his parents must communicate with him through a picture communication board. A simple trip to the grocery store may require the assistance of therapist — not to mention a lot of prayer for Caleb to remain calm during the shopping trip. And then there are the unwelcome stares and comments: people referring to Caleb as “retarded” or criticizing Melissa’s parenting. But Caleb does not have mental delays; rather, Caleb learns differently. And Melissa and Steve love and care for their children with all their heart...

California End-Of-Life Options Act

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 2, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

California End-Of-Life Options ActEver since Brittany Maynard's well-publicized decision to end her life through assisted suicide, there have been a rash of assisted suicide bills being considered in state assemblies across the US. Even in my own state of California. It's why I am asking you to pray against the passage of SB 128 currently being considered by our state – many disability organizations are opposing this bill because disability advocates realize that it could open the door to abuses; after all, who's to say when a disabling condition is "terminal?" Many people with significant disabilities could feel pressure from their insurers, and others may feel it's their "duty to...