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Our Favorite Superheroes

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 17, 2014
  • 1 Comment

Ken and Joni dressed as superheroesWho’s your favorite superhero? Superman … Catwoman … Batman? At Joni and Friends, our favorite superheroes are people affected by disability—and their parents, families, and caregivers. These heroes are in a battle against fear, discouragement, and bitterness, yet they show up victorious by faithfully seeking God for His help and strength. It’s why at our Family Retreat, held at Camp Allen, our Joni and Ken dressed up in their favorite superhero costumes and joined the rest of the campers in a night of games, fun, and dancing. Friend, you have to see it for yourself, so watch this short video of our superhero fun and then, share it with others! It will brighten up your day and remind you that, when hard times hit, you can smile if you trust in Jesus—your Savior.

West Coast Disability Ministry Training

BASS Convention 2014Are you looking for disability ministry training on the West Coast? Next month, as part of the 2014 BASS Convention, Joni and Friends Bay Area will be hosting 12 special needs workshops for ministry leaders and volunteers. Promising to be one of the largest special needs training events in California this year, you’ll hear practical tips from Stacy Hodge and Debbie Lillo of Joni and Friends, as well disability ministry leaders Dr. Cynthia Zierhut, Diane Kim, and Kris Volkir. And you won’t want to miss hearing from one of the most influential voices in the current special needs ministry movement, keynote speaker Amy Fenton Lee (author of The Inclusive Church blog and Leading a Special Needs Ministry). For more information, please contact Debbie LilloRegister today to join us March 7-8 and take your special needs program to the next level!

Your Love Runs Deep

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 10, 2014
  • Wheels For The World

Caesar in his wheelchairLast year, through the power of your prayer and generosity, Caesar received his first wheelchair from Joni and Friends. “His life changed immediately!” said his mother Josephina. But Caesar continues to face challenges. Because he can’t walk or run like other boys, Caesar’s father does not believe Caesar is a whole person. Lack of understanding is one of the greatest barriers facing disabled people in developing nations. That’s why Joni and Friends is educating local pastors and lay leaders to understand God’s heart for children like Caesar. One by one, minds and hearts are opened, as God’s truth erases lies and stigmas that run so deep. Today, Caesar’s smile reveals a heart full of anticipation. “Without this wheelchair, I would be crawling on the floor,” said Caesar. “I thank...

Joni On The Huckabee Show

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 6, 2014
  • In the Media

Ken and Joni with Mike HuckabeeMark your calendar! Tune in this weekend, to see Joni Eareckson Tada interviewed by Mike Huckabee on the latest edition of The Huckabee Show. This special interview is scheduled to air on the Fox News channel Saturday, February 8 at 5pm PST, and Sunday, February 9 at 5pm and 8pm PST. For more information about this program, please visit The Huckabee Show or check your local listings.

A Gift For Your Valentine

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 4, 2014
  • What's New in Our Store

Joni & Ken: An Untold Love StoryValentine’s Day is around the corner! And what would be sweeter to share with your Valentine than a candid story of love and triumph? After 30 years of marriage, Ken and Joni offer readers a rare account of their journey through quadriplegia, depression, pain, and cancer – and reveal a hope founded on God’s grace alone. This Valentine’s Day, let their story inspire and encourage your own life and marriage!

Order your copy of Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story

Congratulations to Our Instagram Contest Winner!

Hannah reciting The Lord's Prayer from her wheelchairLast week, at the close of our 35th Anniversary Instagram Contest, we shared the three top photos and gave you the opportunity to choose a grand prize winner. Your votes have been counted and the grand prize winner of our Instagram Contest is Julie! She submitted this wonderful photo of Hannah reciting the Lord’s Prayer at Family Retreat. As grand prize winner, Julie is receiving a Joni and Friends tumbler and a cozy Joni and Friends fleece blanket! Thank you so much for celebrating 35 years of ministry to families affected by disability by sharing your favorite Joni and Friends ministry photos on Instagram. Be sure to visit us often to learn about more ways you can celebrate our 35th anniversary here at Joni and...

Your Prayers Opened the Door to Alexia’s Future

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 1, 2014
  • 1 Comment
  • Wheels For The World

Alexia with the "Joni" book in her new pediatric wheelchair“In countries like mine [Romania], having a disabled child like Alexia brings despair because of prejudice and social poverty,” said Simona, who brought her daughter to a recent Wheels for the World outreach. “We have no hope of gaining what we need for our children.” So Simona turned to God and began to pray for an answer. “Instead of hopeless, I began to find hope in God as I prayed.” And God’s hope does not disappoint! Your support and prayer supplied little Alexia with a beautiful pediatric wheelchair, which was carefully fitted to her by a Wheels team therapist. And for the very first time, Alexia is able to sit up and see clearly in front of her. With every wheelchair and Bible you give through Wheels for the World, a disabled child or adult also receives Joni’s autobiography. Her story of faith in Jesus, even in the midst of hardship, opens hearts to the Savior. When Joni tells her heartfelt, real-life story, disabled children and adults come face-to-face with God’s love for them, too. “You have opened the impossible door for Alexia!” said Simona. “Alexia is eager to learn and understand...

Joni’s Statement On “Alone Yet Not Alone” Oscar Nomination Being Rescinded 

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 30, 2014
  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

Joni at the microphone“While I can only imagine the disappointment of music writer Bruce Broughton and lyricist Dennis Spiegel in the rescinding of their Oscar nomination, it in no way detracts from either the song’s beauty or its message. I was humbled and honored to have been asked to sing it for the film, and was as surprised as anyone when I learned of the song’s nomination. I was grateful for the attention the nomination brought to this worthy song and the inspirational film behind it, as well as to the ongoing work of Joni and Friends to people affected by disabilities. The decision by the Academy to rescind the nomination may well bring even further attention, and I only hope it helps to further extend the message and impact of the song. Regarding the reasons for the nomination being rescinded, it is not my place to speculate as I have no insights into the workings of the entertainment industry. I was honored to be invited to sing the song and it will always be a treasured experience.” 

Social Justice: A Biblical Concept

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 28, 2014
  • Cause 4 Life

We hear the term Social Justice all over the media these days. It’s posted in articles on Facebook. Tweets go out with links to heart-wrenching videos of starving children, pleading for donations. The news screams with people demanding social justice in the work place. Even our Federal Government bends under the pressure for social justice in our military. But with the many, loud voices that fight for our attention, how do we define and understand the underlying premise of this trending movement...

#JAF35years Instagram Contest – Vote for Your Favorite Photo!

This month in our 35th Anniversary Instagram Contest, we gave you the opportunity to share your favorite Joni and Friends ministry moments for a chance to win Joni and Friends prizes. You posted so many wonderful photos from Family Retreat, Wheels for the World outreaches, and other ministry events, it was difficult to choose only three top photos! The following Instagrammers will receive a Joni and Friends BPA free tumbler for their photos tagged with #JAF35years, but now we need your help in selecting a grand prize winner. In the comment section , please vote for your favorite photo. The Instagrammer with the most votes will win a cozy Joni and Friends fleece blanket!

STM and her camper

Hannah saying the Lord's prayer at Family Retreat

STM hugging her camper

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