April 2016

You've Strengthened Families with Christ's Love

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 28, 2016
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  • Family Retreats

The Griffeth family enjoying time together at Joni and Friends Family RetreatSteve and Michelle Griffeth came with their daughter, Jessica, and son, Austin, who has autism, to Family Retreat. It’s easy for these parents to feel exhausted and alone when taking care of a child with a disability. It’s hard work and many people simply don’t understand what life with autism really entails. Parents are often pushed to the limit when they arrive at Retreat and need hope. “Our family was embraced and we felt included when we arrived at Family Retreat. This whole experience has been an eye opener and we were encouraged,” explained Steve. Throughout the week, Steve watched as his son connected with...

Brand New! Psalms Notecards

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 26, 2016
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  • What's New in Our Store

Joni Eareckson Tada's Psalms NotecardsYou can brighten someone’s day with these beautiful cards. Designed from Joni’s artwork, these notecards are perfect to send a note to someone special. An encouraging verse from scripture is included on the front and insides of the cards are blank.

Package includes five each of four designs, with 20 envelopes. 4 ½” x 6”

Every purchase you make from Joni and Friends helps someone with a disability! 

Noah and Naomi at Family Retreat

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 21, 2016
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Singing at Family RetreatUndoubtedly, one of the highlights of my year is attending a Family Retreat! And I especially enjoy watching all the little boys and girls with disabilities discover who they are in Christ — God’s wonderful and unique creation! Like little Noah, featured in this video. At Family Retreat, Noah loved his buddy Naomi. The two had all kinds of fun, including singing...

Sam, the Dancing Barista

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 19, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

Chris and SamIf you’re on Facebook, then you’ve probably come across the story of Sam “the dancing barista.” Sam is a 17-year-old who last year met Chris, a Starbucks store manager, at a camp for kids with autism. Sam shared with Chris that one of his dreams was to be a barista — but he wasn’t sure how he could work at a coffee shop. Well that’s when Chris had an idea … and after speaking with Sam’s parents...

Celebrating 25 Years of Family Retreats!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 18, 2016
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  • In the Media, Family Retreats, Video Archives

Disability affects families 24/7. Relief is rarely available and daily hardships are made worse by isolation. But one week is different! For the Light family and so many others affected by disability, Family Retreat provides a week of acceptance, connection, and respite. And this year, Joni and Friends is celebrating 25 years of Family Retreats. Thank you for providing help and hope to families affected by disability for the past 25 years!

We Need You!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 14, 2016
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  • Family Retreats, Wheels For The World

We Need You: National Volunteer Week

It’s National Volunteer Week! At Joni and Friends, volunteers are at the heart and soul of all we do together to provide help and hope to people living with disability. They are lovers of Jesus, hard workers, people of prayer, and true visionaries – they understand that their contributions have a huge impact on people with disabilities and their families. If you’d like to get involved, we invite you to celebrate National Volunteer Week by signing up to serve at Family Retreat, International Family...

It's National Volunteer Week!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 10, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, Family Retreats

Getting ready to rock climb at Family RetreatWhen college student Scott signed up to volunteer with Family Retreats, he wasn’t sure what to expect. B.J. — a young man with multiple disabilities from church — had invited Scott, but the two had never really gotten to know each other … that is, until they got to spend one week together at Family Retreat. They had such...

Fun at Family Retreat!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 7, 2016
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Jacob at Family RetreatA few years back, I got to experience kayaking for the first time at one of our Joni and Friends Family Retreats. The team of accessible recreation experts and volunteers got me into a two-seater kayak, and Ken paddled me out onto the pristine waters of Otter Lake — it was so much FUN! And that’s the kind of fun and thrill that adults and kids with disabilities get to experience at Family Retreat...

Your Support Builds Strong Families at Family Retreat

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 5, 2016
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  • Family Retreats

Thomas family at Family RetreatMeet the Thomas family—Willie, Tarra, their daughter Emma and grandma Karen—who attended Family Retreat last summer.

YOU’RE STRENGTHENING FAMILIES AT FAMILY RETREAT Caring for a child with intellectual and developmental disabilities leaves little room for spontaneity or times to rest and recharge. “It’s comforting to be at a place where you’re with other families who under­stand the same kind of life you have,” Tarra told us. “It’s great to have that support from other fami­lies and reminds us that we’re never alone.”

YOU GIVE LOVE TO FAMILIES THROUGH FAMILY RETREAT “It’s hard to leave this place,” Willie told us. “You feel loved like family and...

We've Got This!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 2, 2016
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  • In the Media

We've Got This - Providing Respite for Families Affected by DisabilityFollowing last month’s release of Start With Hello, the second book in the Irresistible Church series is now available in online bookstores. “We’ve Got This!” explores the area of respite – a time of rest and refreshment desperately needed by family members of a loved one with special needs. “Whenever a family first faces disability, a dream has been altered. The loss of that dream or expectation leads to grief—grief that is every bit as real and challenging as the physical death of a loved one. As parents are grieving, they are simultaneously thrown into a world of intense discovery, uncertainty, added expense, long hours, and emotional exhaustion. Many find that it is no longer easy to be included in social and recreational activities and become increasingly isolated. Marriages grow fragile under the strain of new financial obligations, exhaustion, and the lack of time or energy to work on the marriage relationship. But when a church can step into this situation and give these parents a few hours ‘off,’ it is like offering a refreshing...

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