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How Does the Gift of a Wheelchair Lead a Family to Christ?

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

Wheelchair Therapist speaking with PaolaWhat happens when you send a wheelchair? It opens the door to education and empowerment – but in God’s hands, it becomes a vehicle to share the Gospel! To see how it happens, meet Paola and her mother in Peru… Local Outreach: Paola and her mother arrive at a Wheels for the World outreach taking place in their neighborhood in Peru. “I want to be a teacher!” Paola tells us, with a gleam in her eye. “I’m very smart too,” she adds. And no one would argue...

Families Arrive Today!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 23, 2014
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  • Joni's Posts, Family Retreats

Mission Springs Family RetreatWe are here at Spruce Lake Family Retreat up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania – and families are arriving all day long! Plus, special-needs families are arriving at lots of other Family Retreats. I'm astounded at all the ministry that's happening just this week – JAF interns are serving in Haiti and Uganda, plus Wheels for the World teams are in Poland, and International Family Retreats are being held in Serbia, Ghana, and Romania. Please join me in praying that the Holy Spirit will revive disabled people and their families who are weary. Most of all, pray that children and adults will invite Christ to sit on the throne of their hearts. After all, it's what Joni and Friends is all about!

Greetings from Family Retreat!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 20, 2014
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  • Cause 4 Life

Cause 4 Life intern BethMy name is Beth Massengale, and this summer, I am serving as an intern with Joni and Friends’ Cause 4 Life. As part of my internship, I had the privilege of being an STM (short-term missionary) at the Mission Springs Family Retreat, near Santa Cruz, California. I was curious about who I would be serving, but God had the perfect person in mind when He paired me with Sarah. Sarah is a 31-year-old lady with several birth anomalies, which causes her to have slight developmental delay, shortened limbs, and some difficulty speaking. This was her 20th time attending Family Retreat, and she easily introduced me to everyone! Sarah doesn’t let her physical disabilities hinder her from using her spiritual gifts of encouragement and prayer. She does not give in to fear of what others might think of her. She joyfully approached...

Thank You For Helping A New Generation Share The Gospel

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 19, 2014
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  • Wheels For The World

Luis showing his new wheelchair and Gospel braceletsRecently, your support gave Luis a brand new life— inside and out! At a Wheels for the World outreach in El Salvador, Luis received a beautiful, sporty little wheelchair … and the story of Jesus! Luis touched every colored bead of the Gospel bracelet that was given to him, repeating the message of each one. He understood the message of salvation completely and prayed with the simplicity of a child. Soon a huge grin spread over Luis’s face. “May I have Gospel bracelets to share with all my friends?” he asked. His first thought was to share this Good News, even with those who had forgotten him! With a bagful of Gospel bracelets, Luis will go back to school, sharing the love of Jesus with his friends, teachers and anyone who asks. Thank you for your heart to share the Good News – through the gift of a wheelchair, a Bible, and a Gospel bracelet. You have empowered a joyful little boy to spread the love of Jesus. For Luis and thousands of other children with disabilities, it’s the best news ever!

Change Lives through Wheels for the World Legacy

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 16, 2014
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  • In the Media, Wheels For The World

Wheels for the World Legacy - Change a Life... Leave a LegacyThis summer, Joni and Friends is inviting you to build a WHEELS FOR THE WORLD LEGACY with us. Our goal is to send 3,500 pediatric wheelchairs to children ─ and we need your help! A wheelchair enables a child to go to school, attend church, and become an active part of their community. It changes lives! 

But many disabled children around the world are growing up with little hope for their future, simply because their families have no means to provide a wheelchair. 

You can help change this - by giving a Legacy gift! 

What your Legacy gift will do:

  • Send 5 brand-new pediatric wheelchairs to disabled children around the world.
  • With each wheelchair, every child receives a Bible in their own language, and the Gospel of Christ is shared with them and their family. 

To commemorate your Legacy gift, your name or the name of a loved one will be inscribed on the Wheels for the World Legacy Wall, located at the Joni and Friends International Disability Center. 

Find out more about this life-changing opportunity, click here.

Another Kind of Courage: A Message for Special-Needs Dads

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 15, 2014
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  • Radio, Video Archives

football in front of framed family photoEvery father has dreams for his children—dreams of sports, graduations, first dates, and careers for their son or daughter. But what happens when a father hears the words of a physician, “Your son has Down syndrome,” or “I am sorry, but your daughter has only months to live”? For many men, parenting a child with a disability is a tremendous challenge—maybe the biggest challenge they’ve ever had to face. Doug Mazza and Steve Bundy know this well. As fathers of children with severe disabilities, they know what it’s like to go from one doctor’s appointment to the next, to wrestle to keep a marriage intact in the midst of emotional turmoil, and to go before the throne of God with a heavy heart. It’s why they wish to open their hearts and share with you their insights through their...

Greetings from Africa!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 13, 2014
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  • Cause 4 Life

Short-term Missionary Mark JankowskiMy name is Mark Jankowski and I am blessed to be partnering with Cause 4 Life in Kampala, Uganda. While here my team and I are working at the Kampala School for the Physically Handicapped (KSPH). I have to say the experience has been like none other. The children are great, the staff and teachers are wonderful, and the people of Uganda are top notch. When I first went to the school and met some of the children, I saw two sides of the children. I saw children who are kind, I saw children who are considered outcasts, and I saw children who need to be loved. I also saw children that are handicapped. After getting to know the kids and seeing how they acted and played in day-to-day life, my view of the kids changed. Instead of seeing handicapped children who need to be loved, I saw...

Steve Bundy on Point of View

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 10, 2014
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  • In the Media, Christian Institute on Disability

Steve BundyTune in to the Point of View radio program on Thursday, June 12, at 11am PST to hear Steve Bundy interviewed by Kerby Anderson. As Vice President of the Christian Institute on Disability and father of a child with multiple disabilities, Steve shares insight and encouragement from his new book, Another Kind of Courage, which he co-authored alongside Joni and Friends President Doug Mazza. Listen in online or find a station in your area!

MMB Bootcamp: An Intern’s Perspective

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 6, 2014
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  • Cause 4 Life

Joni with 2014 InternsOur 2014 Cause 4 Life Ministry and Missions Bootcamp Interns arrived on June 1st and have hit the ground running! They are 4 days into their internship, but already looking forward to serving at Family Retreat next week then traveling overseas to serve children with disabilities in Haiti! One of our interns shares her perspective on the first few days she’s spent interning at Joni and Friends... "Eleven different girls from eleven different backgrounds arrived as new interns at the Joni and Friends International Disability Center this past Sunday evening. After an informative and fun day of orientation, we’ve engaged in Beyond Suffering, a three-day training course on disabilities and starting preparations for our time in Haiti. The course speakers have integrated major issues into their sessions. Two examples out of many...

Global Access Conference – Where Disabilities and Possibilities Meet

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 4, 2014
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  • In the Media, Christian Institute on Disability, International

Global Access ConferenceRegistration is now open for the first Global Access Conference presented by Joni and Friends! Taking place February 17-20, 2015, this international disability ministry conference will bring together disability leaders, ministers, and educators from around the world to share experiences and teach how to practically and effectively promote disability ministry in the Christian community. With speakers such as Joni Eareckson Tada, Doug Mazza, Eddy Bazin, and Charles Ware, you will learn how to create and pursue advanced disability initiatives within church and cultural communities, as well as build lasting networks of support and education throughout the international disability community. Learn more about Global Access and secure your registration today!

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