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Do you want to encourage a special needs family this summer? Send a few Happy Grams to families attending Family Retreat! Happy Grams are simple notes of encouragement that are available for families and STMs to send to one another during Retreat. This year, we’re inviting you to get involved as well! So many families arrive at Family Retreat feeling weighed down by headaches and hardships; your Happy Grams will give them a warm and encouraging welcome! All you have to do is print out our Happy Gram template then jot down a few words, Scripture, or assurance that you are praying for them. You can even get your kids involved with decorating or writing their own messages! Once you've finished filling out your Happy Grams, send them in to Joni and Friends at PO Box 3333, Agoura Hills, CA 91376. We’ll distribute your encouragement to special needs families as they...
Ken and I were just with our Joni and Friends team in Eastern Pennsylvania, and now, today on May 17, these same co-workers are heading to Nanjing, Anshan, and Harbin – they are loaded down with wheelchairs, Joni books in Chinese, Bibles, and disability ministry training materials. Please be praying for the success of the Gospel as we minister in three major cities in China. Also ask God to grant our 3 Wheels teams a safe journey, health and strength, boldness in sharing Jesus' love, and wisdom in fitting each wheelchair to every disabled person's specific needs. "Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel" (Ephesians 6:19).
This month at Joni and Friends, we have a very special ministry opportunity. Thanks to some generous friends, every gift you give will be doubled, up to $250,000! God is giving us this Matching Gift Opportunity just when we need it most – worldwide, brokenhearted little children languish for lack of mobility; stigma and shame isolate families inside their homes; marriages crumble under financial and emotional hardship. But with your help, we can answer them. Your gift today sends the Good News of Jesus Christ and tangible hands-on help. And because of this Matching Gift Opportunity, your gift will go twice as far, touching double the lives! Please consider contributing to Joni and Friends this month. Your faithfulness will lift many more thousands into new life in Christ this year!
Family Retreats are around the corner and we need your help! The success of any Joni and Friends Family Retreat depends largely on having enough 'helping hands' to serve the special-needs families who attend. This year, most of our Family Retreats filled up very quickly with families – but we do not have enough volunteer Short-Term Missionaries (STMs) to serve them. In fact, several of our retreats are in great need of STMs! If you feel a prompting to come and volunteer, consider serving at one these retreats with the greatest need of your help – and thank you for serving Jesus by ministering to these families!
Camp ASCCA: June 16 - June 20 · Jackson's Gap, AL
Camp Allen 1: June 18 - June 22 · Navasota, TX
Shawnee: June 23 - June 27 · Shawnee, OH
Spruce Lake 2: June 23 - June 27 · Spruce Lake, PA
Camp Allen 2: June 26 - June 30 · Navasota, TX
Camp Allen 3: July 3 - July 7 · Navasota, TX
Mission Springs 2: July 14 - July 18 · Scotts Valley, CA
Spruce Lake 3: July 28 - August 1 · Spruce Lake, PA
Bonclarken 1: August 4 - August 8 · Flat Rock, NC
Bonclarken 2: August 11 - August 15 · Flat Rock, NC
This year, Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story has been nominated for two prestigious book awards! Having received a nomination in March for the ECPA Christian Book Awards, this week the announcement was made that Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story has also received a nomination for the Christian Retailing Best of 2014 Book Awards (formerly CBA) in the auto/biography category. Results of this nomination will be announced the week of June 23rd. Stay tuned!
Are you ready for Family Retreat season? Join us as a Short Term Missionary at one of our 26 Family Retreats nationwide or 12 International Family Retreats. All you need is a willing heart, open hands, and the joy of the Lord to give away! No experience is necessary and training is provided. Serve as an individual, or bring your church or youth group and serve as a team!
David and Tracy Brill have three active boys: Derek, Tyler, and Evan. That’s a handful – and with Evan’s disabilities, it’s easy to become exhausted. But at Family Retreat, this couple is reconnected with God and refreshed in their responsibilities as parents. For dads like David, Family Retreat provides a lifeline of brothers in Christ. “At home I talk about sports with my friends,” David explains. “But at Family Retreat, men understand… Family Retreat gives me a week to reconnect with the Lord and my brothers in Christ. These guys are my heroes. They come back year after year. They don’t jump ship. We’re stickin’ with it because God gives us strength.” David’s wife, Tracy, agrees. “Family Retreat brings us all closer to God and that means we’re closer to each other,” she explains. “We’re spiritually and emotionally reconnected. When you have a disability in the family, you can’t put a price on that kind of encouragement!” Because you pray and stand on their behalf, God is blessing families like the Brills with His power and peace. Thank you for loving dads and moms and...
Are you the parent of a child with a disability? The realization of your child’s disability can hit hard. But be encouraged – you are not alone! Joni and Friends President Doug Mazza and Vice President Steve Bundy, both fathers of a child with severe disabilities, share insight, encouragement and hope in their new book, Another Kind of Courage. Fathers, you’ll learn God’s design for fathers of families affected by disability. Mothers and wives, you’ll get a valuable look inside the heart and mind of your husband, gaining insight about his journey as the father of a child with a disability. Though this road is not one you've chosen, you don't have to travel it alone. Stand strong for your family and walk confidently, with Another Kind of Courage.
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What is it like to have autism? To wish to communicate with someone, but not be able to speak … To make odd noises and flap your hands at times you don’t want… To love your parents, but not be able to hug them… For Carly, autism is like being in a body you can’t control. In this powerful short film, Carly gives you an inside...