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A Life-Transforming Gift

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 13, 2013
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  • International, Video Archives, Wheels For The World

Can you imagine being trapped in your bedroom for 30 years? After becoming paralyzed at 22, Didina was abandoned by her husband and children. Without a wheelchair and left to her elderly mother’s care, Didina spent 3 long decades in bed. But hope came when our Wheels for the World team visited Didina's home in Romania. Watch as she receives a life-transforming gift!

A Bootcamp Internship

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 10, 2013
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, Cause 4 Life

Intern holding an orphan in HaitiWhat comes to mind when you think of bootcamp? A lot of yelling… intense pain of aching muscles… sweat seeping into your clothes? Whatever the case, it’s not a pretty picture. So, why do it? Why cause your body so much pain? Because it is strength training, providing a jump start to a healthier lifestyle. Joni and Friends’ Ministry and Missions Bootcamp may not involve aching muscles, but it does call interns to stretch their faith and challenge what they believe it means to love others. This four week, intensive program trains interns in disability ministry, theology and practice, exposing them to the realities and the blessings that come with serving individuals and families affected by disability. Their faith will be tested during their trip to Haiti as they face the injustices of people affected by disability in a developing country. And along the way, God will break down their misconceptions revealing His love for the least of these. Join our team of interns in the Ministry and Missions Bootcamp for the summer of 2014, and expand your view...

The Story of Sarah: A Child Abandoned by Her Family

In developing countries, 97% of children with disabilities will suffer neglect and abuse. This is the story of little Sarah. Born with a disability, Sarah is unable to care for herself. What’s worse is that Sarah's parents do not have the heart to provide proper care for their daughter. Day after day, Sarah is locked in a garage, without food, water, or light. As her mother coldly put it, if she had someone to whom she could give Sarah—she would do it.

Friend, like Sarah there are thousands of children throughout the developing world who are abandoned and rejected by their families. The Bible commands us to be kind to the needy, to defend the cause of the poor, and to encourage the oppressed. It’s why our Cause 4 Life Global Missions and Internships ministry is reaching out to love and defend these children—and we invite you to join us. Take action today by watching this short video about Sarah and sharing it with others through Facebook or email. And if you’re interested in interning with us through Cause 4 Life, click here.

An STM's Experience in Guatemala

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 6, 2013
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  • Family Retreats, International

Amy Greeb at International Family RetreatWhen STMs sign up to volunteer at a Joni and Friends Family Retreat, they often expect to encourage a family affected by disability. But as they serve, STMs are often just as blessed as the people they hope to encourage. Amy Greeb shares her experience at International Family Retreat in Guatemala... "I am so thankful for the experience I received serving in Guatemala at Family Retreat. I was expecting to go and “help God out” by encouraging families affected by disability, but once I was there, I realized I can’t do anything without Him. When I desperately needed God to help me with communication, He provided. I was able to communicate some with the Guatemalan family I was serving through slow Spanish and acting everything out… they blessed me with their love and understanding. I actually think they blessed me more than I blessed them! Serving as an STM helped me realize that I want to pursue a career as a...

 

You are Sending the Gospel That Changes Lives

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 3, 2013
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  • Wheels For The World

Jordani learning to use his walkerJordani in his wheelchair from Wheels for the World
“I want Jordani to walk...” whispered his mother, Maribel, as our Wheels for the World volunteers in the Dominican Republic listened. Little Jordani is 6 years old and sustained a brain injury that left him partially paralyzed. “Is there any hope for my son?” she asked. Because Joni and Friends volunteer teams include professional physical therapists, Maribel was able to receive the answer to her question. A walker was brought out and Jordani took his first shaky steps. It was hard work and he tired quickly. But...

On Sale Now! A Christmas Longing

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 1, 2013
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  • What's New in Our Store

A Christmas Longing bookAs we begin Advent season, Joni invites you to meditate on the birth of our King. In A Christmas Longing, written and illustrated by Joni Eareckson Tada, her tender message weaves an unforgettable tapestry of love and transcendent joy as she invites you to consider anew the Son of God this Christmas. On sale now… order your copy today!

Happy Thanksgiving!

girl giving young boy wheelchair”You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.” –2 Corinthians 9:11-12 Thank you for your generous prayers and gifts. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Abandoned No Longer!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 26, 2013
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  • Wheels For The World

Amee receiving a wheelchairWhen little Amee was born with spina bifida five years ago, her mother abandoned her. In Thailand where she lives, the burden and stigma of disability is great—too great for Amee’s mother to bear. Amee was left to be raised by her father, who left her by the side of the road all day long while he scratched out a living as a farmer. But God’s hand is not too short to reach into the jungles and dusty roadsides of Northern Thailand. Amee was rescued by associates of Joni and Friends who brought her to the outreach in Chiang Mai, Thailand. There, with your prayers, she was lifted from the dirt where she crawled, to a wheelchair fit for a princess! Giggling with joy as she was seated in her bright pink pediatric wheelchair, Amee is a living example of what your love and support accomplishes through Wheels for the World. Amee now lives in an orphanage, where her father visits whenever possible. There, Amee also has a whole new family that cares for her with the love of Christ, and with your...

"I Want to Thank You"

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 21, 2013
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  • Wheels For The World

Gabriella and her momWhen you send a wheelchair and a Bible to a little girl like Gabriella, who lives in poverty in a developing country, you change the life of her entire family. “I have prayed so much for so long,” said Gabriella’s mother Gloria. “I have no money and God is my only hope. You are His people and you are showing us through this wheelchair that God’s love has no limits! You are God’s blessing, bringing us His answer to our prayers!” Today you can meet Gabriella’s mother, Gloria, face-to-face as she expresses her thanks to you. Step right into our Wheels for the World outreach to El Salvador, by watching the video that Gloria recorded recently.

Change A Life This Christmas!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 18, 2013
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  • Wheels For The World

Change a Life this ChristmasAround the world, there are thousands children and adults with disabilities who are longing for mobility, and hoping for a brighter future. In developing nations, where disabled people suffer most, wheelchairs cost more than a year’s salary and often aren’t available even for the rich. But this Christmas, you can send the perfect gift – a wheelchair! – to someone who would never expect it. Just $150 will send a wheelchair, a Bible, and the love of Jesus to a disabled child or adult living in impoverished conditions. Imagine the joy of the child or adult who receives a wheelchair and the love of Christ through you! As you give abundantly to someone with a disability this Christmas, may the joy of Jesus’ birth will fill your heart, knowing that “this service you perform not only meets the needs of God's people, but produces an outpouring of gratitude to God!” (2 Cor. 9:12)
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