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The Joy that it Brings

Zuniga Family

After Yoel was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2, the Zuniga family found themselves wondering what to do next. Caring for Yoel combined with work and family life was beginning to take a toll on their family; they couldn't find the time to relax and regroup. But when they signed up for Family Retreat, they were...

From the Heart

Face of Anguish DrawingPeople don’t often put the words ‘joy’ and ‘disability’ together – most think suffering and joy are an impossible combination. Living as a quadriplegic for 50 years, I can identify. I remember a time when I thought joy was impossible – like this charcoal-sketch of me when I was first injured...

Father’s Day Gift Ideas!

Father's Day Products
Father’s Day is just around the corner, and we’ve got some great gift ideas to help you show your dad how much he means to you on this special day!

Family Retreats Happening in June

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 28, 2017
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  • Family Retreats, International Family Retreat

Family Retreat

This month, we'll be hosting nine Family Retreats and three International Family Retreats, and we're looking for people like you to come and serve! At Family Retreat, we strive to cultivate meaningful connections with families affected by disability while caring for and encouraging them in a fully accessible camp environment. And...

Serve with us at Family Retreat!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 25, 2017
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  • Family Retreats

Family Retreat STM and camperSummer is almost here, and that means it’s Family Retreat season! The success of our Family Retreats depends largely on having enough “helping hands” to serve the special needs families who attend, and we need your help! This year, most of our Family Retreats filled up very quickly with families – but we don't have enough...

Upcoming Outreaches in China

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 22, 2017
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  • Ways to Serve, Wheels For The World

China Outreaches

From its busy cities to rural villages, China has undergone rapid social, economic, and political transitions in recent years. While perceptions of the disabled community are improving, there are still over 84 million people living with disabilities in in China, many who have never heard about the love of Jesus Christ. This month...

Growing Together

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 19, 2017
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  • Joni's Posts, Video Archives

Growing TogetherPreparations for Family Retreats are in full swing at Joni and Friends. Excitement is building, and so are our teams. Every year, many of the volunteers who served at past Family Retreats, sign up again. And no wonder. So many good things happen at Family Retreat. Take Ellen who is a single mom. She told me that her life was, in...

Your Gift Will Be Doubled Today!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 18, 2017
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  • Ways to Serve

Your Gift Will Be Doubled Today!

The facts are heartbreaking. Around the world, at least one in ten children lives with a disability. Many of them spend their days completely shut away from others. Their families face crushing poverty. Their neighbors reject them because their disability is seen as a curse. But God cares passionately for these children. And He shows...

Things to Do While on Bed Rest

Things to Do While on Bed Rest

"Bed rest” is a general term used when your health care practitioner wants you to limit your activities. For some, it means just getting off your feet every couple of hours and resting in bed, but for others it may mean strict bed rest or rest in a hospital. Unfortunately, inactivity and lack of socialization can sometimes lead to feelings...

A Mother's Growing Faith

Growing FaithBeing a special needs mom presents unique hardships and challenges. Children affected by disability often require constant assistance, which can quickly bring feelings of exhaustion, helplessness, and discouragement. Watch as special needs mom, Ellen...

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