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Joni's 2014 Planner is Available!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 5, 2013
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  • What's New in Our Store

Joni's 2014 PlannerJoni’s beautiful, never-before-seen watercolor of the Everglades welcomes you into another year! With courage as the theme, you’ll find God’s strength each day as you enjoy Joni’s collection of scriptures, quotes, and monthly devotions. Staying organized is easy with month-at-a-glance pages, weekly and daily planning. There’s space for journaling, prayer lists, and appointments. At the back, you’ll find 2 handy pockets for your notes and receipts. The popular Joni 2014 Planner is available exclusively from Joni and Friends. Order yours – and one for a friend – today!

Lifting Up the Family of God Together

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 1, 2013
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  • Wheels For The World

Efren in his new wheelchair with his parentsYour compassion not only reaches those who have never heard the Gospel message – it also reaches Christians with disabilities in the most remote areas of the globe. These brothers and sisters in Christ lack simple mobility that would enable them to work, to attend school and church, to live with dignity and purpose. We met one of these Christian families recently in El Salvador. This year, their son Efren started kindergarten in a stroller. It was all his family had. Efren was so uncomfortable he would cry and he couldn’t play with the other children. His teacher recommended a wheelchair, but Efren’s family is very poor. “A wheelchair is more than we could buy in a lifetime,” Efren’s father, Alessandro, explained. Brokenhearted, Efren’s parents took him out of school. The love of Jesus through you overcomes hopeless situations like Efren’s! A beautiful new pediatric wheelchair with removable desk tray was rolled out. Efren was lifted into it – immediately he broke into joy. “I can sit and learn and play and color – just like the other kids!” he cried and flung his arms out wide. “FREEDOM!! I prayed...

Encourage a Friend with Joni's Floral Note Cards!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 29, 2013
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  • What's New in Our Store

Gladiolas Floral Note CardWould you like to encourage a friend this summer? How about sending a hand-written note using one of Joni’s beautiful Floral Note Cards? Featuring Joni’s artwork along with uplifting scripture, these cards are sure to brighten anyone’s day! Each pack contains 20 cards – 5 cards each of the four beautiful designs: tulips, roses, water lilies, and gladiolas. Visit the Joni and Friends store to take a view all four card designs and order your set today!

Every purchase you make from Joni and Friends helps someone with a disability. Proceeds from our store help fund our ministry programs.

Rita Has Found Her Voice

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

Rita in her wheelchair from Joni and Friends“We never found anyone to help us until you came!” said Rita with joy, as she was fitted for her new wheelchair by Wheels for the World therapists at the Ghana outreach. Disabled by polio as an infant, Rita has never walked. She has crawled to school every year, determined to succeed even in a country where disabled people like her are stigmatized and shunned. Time and again she applied for a wheelchair from the government only to be turned down each time. “Psalm 23 tells me that the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want,” Rita told us. “When man says no, God says yes!” She continued, “My dream is to feel socially valued, to be economically able. The school for communication technology is in town. This wheelchair from Joni and Friends gives me independence and makes that dream possible.” With every prayer you pray and every gift you give, you are saying yes to God’s beautiful plan for disabled people of all ages just like Rita. When you send a wheelchair and a Bible...

Joni and Friends Television Honored by Telly Award

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 23, 2013
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  • In the Media

Telly AwardThe Joni and Friends Television Series was honored earlier this month at the 34th annual Telly Award ceremony. The premiere award for TV programming, Telly Award seeks to promote creativity, acknowledging excellence in television, film and commercials. This year, Telly received more than 12,000 submissions from around the globe. Joni and Friends received a bronze Telly Award in the religious television show category for inspiring stories of hope and healing. The 30-minute weekly program hosted by Joni Eareckson Tada highlights an unusually open and honest approach to tough questions about the goodness of God in a world shattered by pain and suffering. Presenting a dramatic look into the lives of real people who have endured or are still living through heart-wrenching trials, the TV series puts Scripture to the toughest of tests, showing why God is worth believing and how to trust Him in the worst of times. Two episodes stood out to the Telly Award committee and persuaded them to...

Halfway Through Family Retreat Season!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 19, 2013
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  • Family Retreats

Kids playing at Family Retreatplaying guitar at family retreatkayaking at family retreat
We are halfway through our 2013 season of Family Retreats! This summer, God has used you to pour His promises over kids and adults with disabilities at Family Retreat! Thousands of families now stand firm; hope has been reborn, marriages have been saved, and the family of Christ has been strengthened. As we continue with retreats over the next few weeks, join us in praying for each family who is attending to know...

Your Support Strengthens Families in Christ

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 16, 2013
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  • Family Retreats

Lindsay and Elijah at Family RetreatHow does God bring fresh, new life to a weary special needs family at Family Retreat? It starts with your prayers, your volunteer service, and your generous giving. Because of you, hundreds of families have experienced exciting worship, heart-to-heart sharing, His dynamic word, loving friends and joy-filled activities − all set in the beauty of His creation. As moms, dads, and kids pray and play together, God powerfully unites them like never before. Best of all, God uses Family Retreat to bring people closer to Him − and that’s where the healing begins. “After my son Elijah became disabled, I lost my connection to God,” explained Lindsay, a single mom. “The minute I got to Family Retreat, I realized that people had prayed for us. God led us to this place of spiritual refreshment.” Lindsay and her family have given their hearts to Christ and are growing closer together as they grow closer to Him. “Family Retreat is the best place on earth,” says Lindsay. “It’s where I found my connection with God!” Thanks to your faithfulness, they’re back at Family Retreat this summer, stronger than ever ... and still growing! Your prayers brought Lindsay and Elijah to Family Retreat, where her joy in Christ was restored.

Saying Goodbye to Our MMB Interns

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 12, 2013
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  • Cause 4 Life

MMB interns serving at Family RetreatMMB interns in Haiti
After a busy and fruitful month, our Cause 4 Life Ministry and Missions Bootcamp (MMB) interns have returned to their homes around the US. We’re already missing their smiling faces around the International Disability Center! Their first week was filled with Beyond Suffering course training to build a strong biblical foundation for their service the following weeks. After that, the group headed up north to the Santa Cruz mountains to serve at the Mission Springs Family Retreat. Each intern was paired up with a specific family and was able to serve alongside our incredible STM volunteers! For the final...

More International Family Retreats – Serbian Style

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 11, 2013
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  • Joni's Posts, International

Woman holding Joni book in SerbianZdravo from Serbia! Can you believe it? Family Retreats in Serbia?! Yes, and we were able to give the standard Family Retreat program a real Balkan twist! Don and Cindy Prince of Joni and Friends West Michigan helped provide leadership and give the Gospel to these families of special-needs children. A wonderfully enthusiastic group of volunteers (STMs) from the US helped energize everyone with games and super-fun activities – one of the STMs is Amy, our Cause 4 Life intern; she specializes in communications/autism and was able to provide helpful autism 'education' to Serbian moms and dads. Barriers came crumbling down as parents received one-on-one consultation – and most had never heard that their child could be a "blessing from God." Tears flowed freely and in hearts were wide-opened to the Spirit of Jesus. So thank you, friend, for your gifts and prayers that make ministry like this possible!  (See more photos)

Cause 4 Life Web Series: Abandoned in the Dark

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 11, 2013
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  • International, Cause 4 Life, Video Archives

Born with disability, Sarah is unable to care for herself. When our Cause 4 Life team discovered that her days are spent locked in a garage without food, water or light, they worked to meet Sarah’s basic needs and teach her parents how to love and care for her. With thousands of children in Sarah's situation throughout the developing world, Cause 4 Life is shedding light into these dark places. Will you join the cause in defending children with disability who suffer abuse and neglect?

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