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A Dignified Death?

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 14, 2014
  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

pillsLike many, my heart broke when I recently watched Brittany Maynard's video in which she outlined her plans to die through physician-assisted suicide. No one – absolutely no one – welcomes the pain that dealing with a terminal disease invariably brings, and it's clear that this young woman is firm in her convictions. But if I could park my wheelchair beside her, I would tell her how the love of Jesus has sustained me through my chronic pain, quadriplegia and cancer. I don't want her to wake up on the other side of her tombstone only to face a dark, grim existence without life and joy; that is, without God. There's only one Person who has transformed the landscape of life-after-death, and that is Jesus, the One who conquered the grave and opened the path to life eternal. Three grams of Phenobarbital in the veins will only provide a temporary reprieve. It is not the answer for the most important passage of her life. The hours are ticking away...

Don't Miss Joni's 65th Birthday Twitter Party!

Joni's 65th Birthday Twitter PartyThis year, Joni is celebrating her birthday on Twitter! On October 15, Joni’s 65th birthday, you are invited to join her online birthday party. Between 11am-12pm PST, Joni will be chatting with you live on the Joni and Friends Twitter account (@JoniandFriends)! She’ll be sharing her favorite birthday memories, answering your questions, and asking a few Joni and Friends trivia questions. Join the party and you’ll have a chance to win one of the special prizes she'll be offering throughout the hour... a signed copy of her new book Beside Bethesda, Christmas cards, Joni's 2015 Planner, gift cards and more! Be sure to follow @JoniandFriends on Twitter and use the hashtag #HappyBdayJoni during the party to be eligible for one of the prizes! We look forward to celebrating together God’s faithfulness to Joni over the past 65 years!

Reaching a Mother's Heart

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 9, 2014
  • Wheels For The World

Wang sitting in her wheelchair next to her husband10 years ago, Wang had a back tumor. She had surgery but doctors could only remove part of it. Several years later, Wang and her husband dearly desired to have a baby. The doctor warned her that a growing fetus could press against the tumor that remained in her back. The risk of paralysis was high, but Wang and her husband wanted a child so much. Wang soon became pregnant and the doctor's prediction was correct: as the child grew within her, Wang slowly became paralyzed. By the time her baby boy was born, Wang was a paraplegic… but her baby was perfect. For 8 years, Wang has not walked. As she waited for a wheelchair at our Wheels for the World outreach in China, she was filled with joy. “Now I can take a walk with my son, I can go with him to the...

Every Volunteer Makes a Difference

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 6, 2014
  • Wheels For The World

Donna serving with Wheels for the World in UgandaYour desire to serve people with disabilities can take you anywhere–near or far. For years, Donna Stover has been using her skills as a physical therapist to serve people with disabilities in developing nations through Joni and Friends Wheels for the World. For Donna, serving and learning from people with disabilities is deeply fulfilling. On a recent outreach to Uganda, she fit a wheelchair for a young boy named Jordan. Said Jordan’s father, “The wheelchair means a lot to me – but it means much more to Jordan. Thank you for giving Jordan the full life God has planned for him!” It’s moments like these that keep Donna coming back to serve with Wheels for the World. Volunteering provides her with the opportunity to help others and change lives in the name of Christ. “It is such an honor to use my skills for Jesus and to see people’s reaction of gratitude.” Don’t miss out! Consider volunteering with Joni and Friends! “Pray about it!” is Donna’s wise advice. “Don’t be afraid of what you’re not familiar with. God wants us to get out of our comfort zone. There will always be things that cause you to hesitate, but when you hear the Holy Spirit calling… go!”

ANNOUNCING... A Brand New Devotional by Joni

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 1, 2014
  • 1 Comment
  • In the Media, What's New in Our Store

Beside Bethesda by Joni Eareckson TadaNow available from Joni and Friends is Joni’s new book, Beside Bethesda: 31 Days Toward Deeper Healing. “This 31-day devotional covers the many questions I had about healing when I was first injured,” says Joni. “During those long ago days, I would imagine myself in John 5:2-9, sitting by the Pool of Bethesda with the other disabled people, waiting to be healed. Over the years, I discovered a much deeper healing than walking or using my hands. I found I could enjoy more freedom through ‘inside’ healing than anything I could experience on my feet.” Here, you’ll dig into topics such as contentment, unanswered prayer, transformation through suffering and hoping in God. As Joni shares her own experiences along with profound biblical insights, you will discover the deep ‘inside’ healing God has for you. Order your copy today!

Secure Your Registration for Global Access 2015!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 24, 2014
  • In the Media, Christian Institute on Disability

Global Access Conference 2015Have you registered for Global Access 2015? This ground-breaking disability ministry conference bringing together disability leaders, ministers, educators and world-changers from across the globe will be held February 17-20, 2015, in Southern CA. Presented by Joni and Friends, you won’t want to miss our great lineup of speakers including Joni Eareckson Tada (Founder of Joni and Friends), Nick Vujicic (President of Life Without Limbs), Lon Solomon (Senior Pastor of McLean Bible Church), and more! Visit to register, and learn more about the great sessions, notable speakers, and inspiring worship leaders. Secure your registration today!

International Family Retreats: God Uses You to Knit Families Back Together in Christ 

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 22, 2014
  • Family Retreats, International

Wilson holding his son while reading Another Kind of CourageLike many fathers in Ghana, West Africa, Wilson carried a deep grudge against God for giving him a disabled son. In African culture, disability is a curse and a shame to a man’s family name. Wilson remained in his marriage and provided for his family, but he never held his son, Richard. He never helped his wife care for him. For 14 years, Wilson stoically turned his back on his little boy. But your support provided an International Family Retreat in Ghana, and Wilson attended with his family. There, Wilson and other dads of disabled children saw their children through God’s eyes for the first time. Joni and Friends’ book for dads, Another Kind of Courage, was used as a teaching guide in the man-to-man group. Encouraged by God’s word and the powerful testimonies of godly fathers of special needs children, Wilson’s hardness melted away. In its place, God brought forth a new love for his son. “I now see Richard as part of God’s plan,” Wilson said. Turning to his wife, Theresah, Wilson made a solemn promise: “From this moment on, you will never have to carry the...

You're Helping Families Affected by Autism

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 18, 2014
  • Family Retreats

Griffith familyAutism is the fastest growing disability in the U.S. today. Affected families often face misunderstanding and criticism, simply because the disability is not easy to see. This summer, Joni and Friends welcomed hundreds of families with autism to Family Retreats across the U.S. The Griffith family was one of them – and they can tell you, living with autism is anything but easy. “I’m used to people being standoffish with my son, Paul – he doesn’t connect with people often,” says mom, Michelle. “At Family Retreat, he made a friend right away – he fit in!” As a dad who’s used to the pressures and unpredictability of autism, Steve had his doubts about coming to Family Retreat. “Sure, it’s overwhelming at first, but it’s so great to know my son can ‘act out’ and everyone at Retreat just smiles and...

Joni’s 2014 Christmas Cards Are Here!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 15, 2014
  • 1 Comment
  • What's New in Our Store

Joni's White Christmas Christmas CardAvailable only from Joni and Friends, Joni’s 2014 Christmas Cards are now available! This year’s cards feature two brand new designs! The White Christmas design features Joni’s charming pen-and-ink art – used for the first time ever on a Christmas card! Capturing the warm welcome that awaits travelers as they draw near to home, the snowy scene shows through a silver-edged die cut window in the card’s front. Inside...

Blog Contest Winner – Rachel

Rachel wishing Joni and Friends "Happy 35th Anniversary"To celebrate 35 years of Joni and Friends ministry, we recently held our first blog contest. We invited you to share on your personal blog how Joni and Friends has impacted your life! This week, we’re featuring the winning entries. Today’s post was written Rachel L. who lives with dysautonomia, a disabling chronic illness. As “Joni’s Pick” winner, she’s receiving Joni’s 2015 Daily Planner, the Joni feature film, and an Amazon gift card. Please take a moment to read Rachel’s post and leave her a comment of congratulations... "Joni and Friends 35th Anniversary: Joni and Friends is celebrating 35 years of ministry! I am very grateful for Joni Eareckson Tada and for the ministry of Joni and Friends. I would not be...

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