Joni and Friends Blog

Paralympic Athlete Spotlight: Jarryd Wallace

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 8, 2016
  • 1 Comment

Jarryd WallaceFollowing surgery complications that led to the amputation of his leg, Jarryd Wallace competed in the 2012 London Paralympics. He is returning this year to the 2016 Rio Paralympics to run for the United States! Read along as he answers a few questions about the Paralympics and the role his faith has played in his journey...

Life is an Adventure!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 5, 2016
  • 9 Comments
  • Joni's Posts, Family Retreats

KayakingWhen you’ve been in a wheelchair as long as I have, every summer that I can get out there and “do stuff” is pretty significant. Even though I'm past 65, I am still trying new things. Like when Ken and I went to our Joni and Friends’ Family Retreat in New England. It’s a beautiful camp, and on the edge of the property is a big lake...

Your Support Builds Strong Families at Family Retreat!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 3, 2016
  • 2 Comments
  • Family Retreats

Family RetreatWhen a special-needs family arrives at Family Retreat, your prayers and passion for ministry go before them, opening the door to a week of joy and restoration in Jesus Christ. You see, all year along, families with disabled children live on the edge of exhaustion—emotionally, spiritually, physically and financially. These families desperately need a place where they can let down their guard and breathe in God’s renewing presence...

Ken in Cuba with Wheels for the World

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Aug. 31, 2016
  • 2 Comments
  • Joni's Posts, International, Video Archives, Wheels For The World

KenEarlier this season, my husband served on a Wheels for the World team in Cuba, helping to fit children with disabilities to their new wheelchairs. Before Ken left, I autographed a Spanish Joni book and said to him, "Would you please give this to a little girl in Cuba, and tell her it's from me?" 

Joy, Hope and God's Love at Family Retreat

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 30, 2016
  • 3 Comments
  • Family Retreats, Ways to Serve

Family RetreatIt can be all too common to hear special-needs families say, “We don’t always feel like our family is loved and accepted.” All year long, families caring for a disabled child live on the brink of exhaustion, isolation and discouragement. Disability demands every ounce of energy and can rip even the strongest marriages apart. These families need your help!...

National Dog Day

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 26, 2016
  • 1 Comment
  • Disability Awareness

Service DogsIn honor of National Dog Day, we’re offering tips for how to act around service dogs – dogs that offer assistance to those with special needs.

Genuine Affection

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Aug. 25, 2016
  • 2 Comments
  • Joni's Posts, Cause 4 Life, Video Archives

Genuine AffectionJoni and Friends just finished hosting a most unique group of Cause4Life interns. Although they were from all over North America, it didn’t take long for this group of young people to form...

People Who Inspire Joni: Ellen Dibler

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Aug. 24, 2016
  • 5 Comments

Ellen Dibler

I am always inspired by other women with disabilities who keep persevering through every challenge – especially women who, like me, are aging.  Meet Ellen Dibler who has lived with spina bifida longer than anyone else in the US – she’s over 70 years old, has been married to her husband Larry for over 40 years, and remains actively involved in Joni and Friends/Texas.  She and Larry have two sons and they are happy grandparents to eight wonderful grandchildren.  What inspires me most about Ellen, is her unflappable enthusiasm for life...

An Inside Look at Cause 4 Life

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 23, 2016
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  • Cause 4 Life

EmmaHave you ever wondered what it's like to be an intern at Joni and Friends? Cause 4 Life intern, Emma Harold, gives you an inside look at her experience!

Joni and Friends' 4 Pillars of Sustainable Strategy

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 20, 2016
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  • In the Media

BCWIRecently, Joni and Friends President and CEO, Doug Mazza, was interviewed by Best Christian Workplaces Institute about workplace culture and strategy. He shared the four primary pillars (which have more to do with people than programs) that have helped shape...

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