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Your Gift Keeps Giving

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 17, 2014
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  • Wheels For The World

Nedic with PatrickNedic wasn’t looking for God when she showed up at our Wheels for the World distribution in Peru. The needs of her son, Patrick, compelled her to come. Nedic is a single mother who heard about Joni and Friends from a neighbor. “These people will show you love and help you,” the neighbor said. And Nedic needs help. She’s drained of strength, energy and resources. Too tired to go to church, she’s fallen away from friends, fellowship and the Lord Jesus. But God used Patrick to lead her back. “Today God is giving me new eyes to see my son as He sees him,” she says. “This wheelchair is God’s gift to my son so he will always know that he is special to God. And it is a gift to me, too.” With your prayer behind the gift of a wheelchair, God has blessed not one life today, but many – including Nedic’s. Thank you for loving and restoring families, in Jesus’ name.

God Gave Us Easter

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 13, 2014
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  • What's New in Our Store

God Gave Us EasterThis Easter, share the joy of Christ’s resurrection with your children and grandchildren. In this beautifully illustrated children’s book, God Gave us Easter, follow Papa Bear and Little Cub on a memorable afternoon walk as Papa explains God’s love for His children and His purpose for Easter. Papa uses clear and simple terms that even the littlest cubs can understand.
Order your copy today!

Family Retreat: You are Helping Parents and Siblings Too

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 6, 2014
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  • Family Retreats

Eberly family having fun at Family RetreatThe Eberlys are “regulars” at Family Retreat. They’ve been coming for six years – and not just because it’s right for Brandon, who has autism. Their two other boys, Ethan, 11, and Justin, 6, can’t wait for Retreat! “If a kid thinks Family Retreat is a boring camp for kids with disabilities, they’re wrong!” says Ethan. “It’s my favorite thing to do all year!” For parents Darrell and Betty, it’s the one place they can let their guard down and find rest. “We are sleep-deprived, exhausted, and emotionally drained when we get to Family Retreat,” says Betty. “But once we’re there, I have a chance to get in touch with the Lord and myself again.” Adds Darrell, “Family Retreat reminds me that God is in control, and not me. He is my strength. It’s not on my shoulders.” Would you like to attend Family Retreat in your area? Find a Retreat near you.

On Pinterest This Month...

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 4, 2014
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Celebrating 35 years of ministryAre you on Pinterest? Follow Joni and Friends as we celebrate 35 years of ministry with a special Pinterest memory board! Throughout March, we’ll be pinning photos from the Joni and Friends archives… Joni Eareckson Tada in the early days of ministry, the first Wheels for the World wheelchair distribution in Ghana, Family Retreats through the years, and more! To see these photo highlights, follow Joni and Friends on Pinterest, visit our 35 Years of Ministry board, and check back throughout the month to see the latest photos. Do you have Joni and Friends ministry photos to share? We’d love to see them on Pinterest! Be sure to tag @JoniandFriends as you pin, and we may feature your photos on our 35 Years of Ministry Pinterest board.

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Are you on Pinterest? Follow Joni and Friends as we celebrate 35 years of ministry with a special Pinterest memory board! Throughout March, we’ll be pinning photos from the Joni and Friends archives… Joni Eareckson Tada in the early days of ministry, the first Wheels for the World wheelchair distribution in Ghana, Family Retreats through the years, and more! To see these photo highlights, follow Joni and Friends on Pinterest, visit our 35 Years of Ministry board, and check back throughout the month to see the latest photos. Do you have Joni and Friends ministry photos to share? We’d love to see them on Pinterest! Be sure to tag @JoniandFriends as you pin, and we may feature your photos on our 35 Years of Ministry Pinterest board.

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"Thank You, God, for the sky!"

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 3, 2014
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  • Radio, Video Archives

Didina seeing the sky for the first time in 3 decadesCan you imagine spending over half of your life in your bedroom, unable to get out of bed or go outside? This was the life of Didina. When at the age of 22 an unknown illness left Didina paralyzed, her husband and two children abandoned her—leaving Didina to be cared for by her mother. Since then, Didina spent thirty years lying on her bed, isolated from her gypsy community in Romania. Day by day, her depression grew, leading her to desire suicide. But all that changed when local pastors and our Wheels for the World went into Didina’s gypsy village to minister to people with disabilities. Our team of volunteers and physical therapists were able to fit Didina into a wheelchair and pastors shared the Gospel with her. And when Didina wheeled out of her bedroom into the streets, tears of joy began to flow! “Thank you, God, for seeing the sky! Thank you, God,” she said. Friend, this story does not end with Didina—because more people’s lives were transformed through the work of Wheels for the World in Romania. You can see it all here in this short video featuring our team...

Internships Still Available!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 2, 2014
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  • Joni's Posts, Cause 4 Life

interns with JoniIf you visit my blog often, you know how much I love our interns who serve with us at Joni and Friends. Our 2014 Cause 4 Life Missions and Internship Program is filling up fast, but we still have a few spots open -- especially with our East Coast Ministry and Missions Academy, which includes biblical training, hands-on service to kids with disabilities. weekend camps, church ministry and community outreach, and a 10-day mission to Haiti. Scholarships (50-75%) are available and are given on a first come, first served basis! So apply now online!

New Shop, New Wheels, New Life

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 28, 2014
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  • Wheels For The World

Inmates restoring wheelchairs for Wheels for the WorldLast month was exciting as we opened a new Wheels for the World Restoration Center at the New Mexico Department of Corrections. With 14 Wheelchair Restoration Centers located within correctional facilities across the country, this was the first in New Mexico. In addition to restoring wheelchairs, this center brings hope and change by providing a give-back program for high-risk inmates. Through Wheels for the World, inmates who have been convicted of gang-related crimes have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people affected by disability around the world. The inmates in New Mexico began to shed their hardened exteriors during training when they were shown the meaning of their work. After viewing a powerful video about Didina, a Romanian woman who had been lying in bed for 30 years until she received a wheelchair, the inmates saw the...

Thank You for Giving the Gift of Hope

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 26, 2014
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  • Wheels For The World

Mirna in her new wheelchairMirna is filled with smiles and the joy of the Lord. She has never had a wheelchair or been to school – but her mild cerebral palsy hasn’t taken away her hopes and dreams. “I want to be a nurse or social worker!” she says eagerly. Knowing that she is capable, intelligent and full of potential, her parents have prayed and waited for God to show them the next step. “Psalm 146 says, ‘Blessed is he whose help is in God, whose hope is in the Lord!’” says Mirna. “Today God has rewarded our hope!” Blessed indeed – because the wheelchair her Heavenly Father sent through you was a perfect size and fit for Mirna. It was waiting just for her, with few adjustments needed! Mirna beamed and giggled like a daughter who has been given a jewel by her loving Father – because she has. But the jewel you gave that day was better than any diamond...

Wheels for the World: It’s About Restoration

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 24, 2014
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  • Wheels For The World

Inmates working at a Wheels for the World Restoration CenterDid you know that the wheelchairs you send have already changed lives – even before they’re shipped overseas to a Wheels for the World distribution? Chairs are collected by devoted Chair Corps volunteers and transported to Joni and Friends Restoration Centers, located within correctional facilities around the country. Here, inmates are trained to become mechanics, restoring the wheelchairs to like-new condition – and in the process, their own lives are restored. At every location, men are eager to work at the Restoration Center. They know something life-changing, something eternal, is happening inside. “I never would have known Christ’s love if I hadn’t been here,” said one mechanic. “I met Jesus here...and man, I’m different now.” “This is the first time I have ever reached out to help somebody,” said another mechanic. “It gives my life new meaning to know...

The Wickersham's First Family Retreat!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 23, 2014
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  • Radio, Video Archives

When little Luke Wickersham was born, his parents had no warning that this little boy would have a disability. Luke was born with tuberous sclerosis—a condition caused by multiple brain tumors that resulted in developmental, speech, and behavioral delay, as well as numerous seizures each day. As you can imagine, this strained Brian and Jeresha’s marriage—and their relationship with God. It’s why their church recommended Luke and his family attend a Joni and Friends Family Retreat. But with Brian’s work schedule and Luke’s many surgeries and doctor visits, “taking a break” was not an option. Finally, just last year, Luke and his family were able to attend their first, Family Retreat—and boy, did they have a blast! Luke absolutely loved his volunteer STM (short term missionary), and his parents were even able to go on a date night! You have to hear—and see—it for yourself, so click here to watch a short video we did on the Wickersham family and their experience at Family Retreat. And don’t forget to share it with any special needs families you know!

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