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Warden Burl Cain

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 18, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media, Wheels For The World

The Prison that Set Me FreeAt the 2015 Global Leadership Summit, the story of Warden Burl Cain of Angola Prison, LA, was featured as a powerful example of godly leadership. Warden Cain brought our Joni and Friends’ Wheels for the World program into...

Give The Perfect Gift and Change a Life!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 16, 2015
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  • Wheels For The World

Pedro in his new wheelchairJoy to the World – the Lord is come! This is so much more than a Christmas carol. It can be the joyful song of every disabled child who receives a wheelchair wrapped with the love of Jesus this Christmas! There’s no better gift than God’s love. And for a disabled person, no gift shows God’s love better than a wheelchair. This Christmas, you can send that perfect gift. And change a life. When Pedro was born deaf and with cerebral palsy, his mother, Yusimy, knew life would never be the same for their family. As a single mother living in Cuba, the stigma and the shame of having a son with a disability weighed down hard on her. She waited and prayed for the impossible…a wheelchair for her son. “We were so happy to hear the news about Joni and Friends because we had been told it was impossible to receive a wheelchair for Pedro’s size and needs!” said Yusimy. It was more than...

Today's Christian Woman Interview

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 13, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

Carrying the CrossRecently TCW interviewed me for their online magazine – in it, we talked about Christians who 'throw in the towel spiritually' when suffering in their lives becomes too great. My response? Don't do it. The cosmic stakes are way, way too high! Take a moment, read the interview, then share it with a suffering friend whose faith is under attack. Lord willing, it'll widen their eternal perspective, and bolster their confidence in our Savior!

A Great Christmas Gift! Joni's 2016 Planner

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 10, 2015
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  • What's New in Our Store

Joni's 2016 PlannerJoni’s beautiful, never-before-seen oil rendering of delicate leaves welcomes you into another year! The theme for the 2016 Joni Planner is “The Lord our Help.” Throughout the year, you’ll find encouragement and assurance in Joni’s monthly devotions, as well as her selected weekly quotes and scriptures. Staying organized is a breeze with month-at-a-glance pages, weekly and daily planning. The Planner also provides generous space for your personal prayer lists and appointments. Each season begins with a page for journaling, and at the back of the Planner you’ll find 2 handy pockets for your notes and receipts. Makes a beautiful gift—order for your friends and family today! Every purchase you make from Joni and Friends helps someone with a disability!

LIVE IT OUT - Start Your Own Campaign!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 5, 2015
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  • In the Media, Wheels For The World

Live It Out Campaign: Ebenezer receiving his first wheelchair!If you could change the life of a disabled child who is isolated and overlooked, would you do it? In James 1:22, we are called to be more than hearers of the Word, we’re called to be doers, and to live out our faith through actions. Together, we're living it out by reaching people who have been excluded from life in the outside world, simply because they don’t have a wheelchair to move around. With our new #LiveItOut Campaign, we’re giving the priceless gift of mobility to even more people in need… we’ve set a goal to fund 10,000 wheelchairs by the end of 2015! And we want you join us! You can live out your faith by starting YOUR OWN campaign to send wheelchairs to people like Ebenezer. With this simple act, you can change the lives of children and adults with disabilities all over the world! It’s easy. Step 1: Start your own fundraising page to help...

Your Gift of a Wheelchair Transforms Lives

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 3, 2015
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  • Wheels For The World

Leanna and Jose in CubaLate one evening, Leanna bundled up her four-year-old disabled son, Jose, for an eight-hour car ride to a Wheels for the World distribution in Sancti Spiritus, Cuba. They arrived exhausted but expectant. This was going to be a day they would never forget, a day that would change their lives! A Wheels physical therapist took Jose and seated him in a brand new pediatric wheelchair—a gift made possible by your prayers and generosity. Leanna watched the look of joy on Jose’s face and with tears of gratitude told us, “You’ve given my son something I could never afford to give him…a wheelchair.” Because of you, the words of Psalm 126:3 come alive in the hearts of children all over the world: “The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy!” But it was the Gospel message presented to them that brought the greatest freedom of all. On behalf of Jose and many more children living with disability who’ve heard the Good News, thank you!

Serbian International Family Retreat

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 2, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, International

Judy ButlerWhen Family Retreats go international, they take on much of the feel and flavor of the culture in that country – and it happened recently in Serbia. Caregivers there are almost always family members – and they struggle against weariness and hopelessness. It’s why I was so proud that my former executive assistant, Judy Butler, served on the International Family Retreat leadership team in Serbia. Here she is teaching a group of Serbian caregivers helpful info on alleviating the daily stress of giving care to a loved one with a disability (Judy should know; she was my...

Josie's Story

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 29, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, Family Retreats, Video Archives

Josie's StoryEven though weeks have passed since our summertime season of Family Retreats, the memories remain fresh and bright. Just what inspires a kid about Family Retreat? Take a minute to listen to little Josie describe her week at our Joni and Friends/New England Family Retreat. For disabled kids and their siblings, there’s no place like a Joni and Friends’ Family Retreat! So pass on the word to a special...

Collecting and Storing Wheelchairs

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 27, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, Wheels For The World

Collecting WheelchairsRecently I was in Connecticut to thank WIHS Christian Radio on nearly 15 years of holding annual wheelchair collection drives – they’ve collected well over 7,000 wheelchairs, walkers, and crutches. Thankfully, a local construction company provides this warehouse for...

Order Joni's 2015 Christmas Cards!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 26, 2015
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  • What's New in Our Store

Joni Eareckson Tada's Let Us Adore Him Christmas CardJoni's 2015 Christmas Cards are available and you won't want to miss out on her beautiful new designs! In Oh, Holy Night, three wise men from the East, silhouetted by moonlight, hurry toward Bethlehem – guided by the brilliance of the night sky. Inside message: “May Jesus’ light lead you and His joy brighten your path this Season and throughout the New Year. Merry Christmas!” Inside scripture is Acts 17:27. In Let Us Adore Him, an angel and two shepherd boys look toward the manger in whispered amazement. Here, Joni’s whimsical design captures the awe and anticipation of the Savior’s birth. On the card’s artistic interior, the message reads: “May this Spirit-blessed season be filled with joyous...

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