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Your Support Strengthens Families

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 3, 2015
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  • Family Retreats

Miller FamilyPriscilla at Family Retreat
For John and Rebekah Miller, life is busy and full with three daughters on the go. When you add in youngest daughter Priscilla’s disability, “busy” often becomes “overwhelming,” and “full” usually feels more like “swamped.” It’s easy for these parents to feel exhausted and pushed to the limit. But at Family Retreat, this couple reconnected with God and each other—while learning some vital spiritual lessons along the way. “Disability is hard work,” said Rebekah. “It’s hard to find any moments of rest with my family or my husband. Priscilla has Down syndrome and her...

Hope in the Midst of Suffering Conference at IWU

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 1, 2015
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  • Christian Institute on Disability

Hope in the Midst of Suffering Conference
Christ calls His Church to bring hope to communities of hurting people around the world. His own earthly mission centered on the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind — the marginalized populations honored at His Banquet (Luke 14). You’re invited to explore ways in which we as Christ followers can become equipped to empower the church to minister to these hurting and marginalized communities around the world at the Hope in the Midst of Suffering Conference, October 16-17 at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN. You’ll receive theological and practical...

A Mother's Faith is Strengthened Through Your Generosity

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 25, 2015
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  • Wheels For The World

God's tender care, shown through Wheels team member DebbieTeadora was at the end of her strength when she arrived at our Wheels for the World outreach in Peru. Her back hurt from carrying her 8 year old disabled son, Daniel, on the arduous journey. Is it possible there will be a wheelchair for Daniel? Will I be able to even afford it? These were the questions that consumed her mind that day. But the needs of her son compelled her to come. Teadora labors relentlessly to provide for her son. She works all day under the beating sun, toiling in the furrows of potatoes, wheat and lima beans. She saves every penny to provide food and few items of clothing for Daniel. There is nothing left over. As a shiny, brand new pediatric wheelchair is brought out for Daniel, Teadora’s brow creases with worry… I can’t afford this wheelchair. It’s too nice—too expensive. Her heart sinks...

New Effort to Legalize Physician-Assisted Suicide

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Aug. 21, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

Discussing the AB 2X-15 BillThis past July, the California state assembly struck down AB 128, a bill that would have allowed doctors to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to mentally competent, terminally ill patients. But it’s demise was short-lived. Now, right-to-die advocates have re-packaged virtually the same bill as part of a special legislative session on health-care funding (this means the new bill, AB 2x-15, will bypass the Assembly Health Committee where it stalled last month over growing personal and religious concerns). Disability advocates, like my friend Marilyn Golden, are alarmed that such a bill is being considered in a...

Reflections from a Vocational Intern

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 20, 2015
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  • Cause 4 Life

Reflections from an Intern | Cause 4 Life Vocational Interns with Joni Eareckson TadaLast summer, I arrived at Joni and Friends as a Cause 4 Life vocational intern with one goal in mind: receive college credit for a two-week writing internship with Joni and Friends. But in four short weeks, God quickly revealed how shallow my expectations were. While I diligently worked with Cause 4 Life, He opened my eyes to a new ministry – disability ministry – and taught me to see my life and skills through His eyes. With new horizons unveiling before me, four weeks simply wasn't enough; I returned to the International Disability Center for a second summer in 2015, this time for two months. I am just one of 14 vocational interns who used their skills to serve Joni and Friends this year, one of many who found their internship experience life-changing...

Don Bania - An Awesome Volunteer

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Aug. 18, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, Video Archives

Don and JoniI always enjoy connecting with other quadriplegics who love Christ and are energized by a good challenge. Take my longtime friend, Don Bania. Don and his wife, Mary, help collect wheelchairs in the upper Midwest for our Wheels for the...

Available Now! Joni's 2016 Planner

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 17, 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 Joni’s 2016 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. 
Order yours today!

You're Sending the Gospel to China

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 13, 2015
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  • Wheels For The World

Local volunteers sharing the good news in ChinaOver twenty years ago in China, Feng Cheng Gang plunged courageously into terrifying flood waters. Some young children had been swept in, and he struggled desperately against the torrent, in a heroic attempt to rescue them. The lives of two children were saved, but Feng Cheng Gang had paid dearly. Too long in the freezing cold water, his legs did not recover from the trauma. He has never again been able to walk. With no means of mobility, Feng Cheng Gang expected to spend the rest of his life lying in his bed at home while his mother and sister cared for him. At a Wheels for the World outreach, a wheelchair was provided for Feng Cheng Gang, and a Bible was given to him and his family. Heavy hearts lightened and dark despair turned to joy as they heard – for the...

The Same, But Different

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 12, 2015
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  • Cause 4 Life

Cause 4 Life intern serving in HaitiFor each Cause 4 Life intern, God brought them face to face with disability, which led to an interest in disability ministry and then to an internship with Joni and Friends. But each intern has a unique story. At first glance, Sawyer and Josh seem pretty similar — both are West Coast Academy interns from Delaware who heard about Cause 4 Life internships through the same friend. However, their stories are different. Sawyer struggles with effects from a previous brain injury. While serving at a special needs orphanage in Haiti, he met children like Kimberly: despite her profound disability, she had a joyous glow and amazing smile. She even seemed happier than Sawyer. Through this internship experience, he realized that as Christians we’re called to embrace people with disabilities in Jesus’ name. On the other hand, Josh, who couldn’t be happier surrounded by active children, was overwhelmed...

You Send So Much More Than Wheelchairs

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 6, 2015
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  • Wheels For The World

Luana receiving a new pediatric wheelchairLuana receiving a Joni book
Two years ago in Romania, 10 year old Luana received her very own pediatric wheelchair at a Wheels for the World outreach. “It helped our whole family so much more than I can say,” her mother, Oana, told us. “Luana can now go to school safely and comfortably. She has friends now, too. She goes outside to play and feels the warm sunshine on her face. She can finally enjoy and experience life.” Recently, Luana and Oana came back to our Wheels outreach, because Luana is growing. Our Wheels team replaced her first wheelchair with a bigger one and carefully adjusted...

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