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Blog Contest Winner – Rachel

Rachel wishing Joni and Friends "Happy 35th Anniversary"To celebrate 35 years of Joni and Friends ministry, we recently held our first blog contest. We invited you to share on your personal blog how Joni and Friends has impacted your life! This week, we’re featuring the winning entries. Today’s post was written Rachel L. who lives with dysautonomia, a disabling chronic illness. As “Joni’s Pick” winner, she’s receiving Joni’s 2015 Daily Planner, the Joni feature film, and an Amazon gift card. Please take a moment to read Rachel’s post and leave her a comment of congratulations... "Joni and Friends 35th Anniversary: Joni and Friends is celebrating 35 years of ministry! I am very grateful for Joni Eareckson Tada and for the ministry of Joni and Friends. I would not be...

Blog Contest Winner – Glen

Glen with his wife, Emily, and son, GabrielTo celebrate 35 years of Joni and Friends ministry, we recently held our first blog contest. We invited you to share on your personal blog how Joni and Friends has impacted your life! This week, we’re featuring the winning entries. Today’s post was written by Glen S. – his son Gabriel was born with Aicardi-Goutieres Syndrome. As a winner, he’s receiving a copy of Another Kind of Courage: God’s Design for Fathers of Families Affected by Disability, co-written by Joni and Friends President Doug Mazza and VP Steve Bundy, and the Joni feature film. Please take a moment to read Glen's post and leave him a comment of congratulations... "A Bereaved Father’s Retrospect on Joni and Friends Family Retreat" Emily, my wife, and I recently...

Blog Contest Winner – Electra

Electra serving a boy with disability in ChinaTo celebrate 35 years of Joni and Friends ministry, we recently held our first blog contest. We invited you to share on your personal blog how Joni and Friends has impacted your life! This week, we’re featuring the winning entries. Today’s post was written by our recent Cause 4 Life intern, Electra P., who lost her left arm in a car accident less than two years ago. As a winner, she’s receiving a copy of Joni’s soon to be released book, Beside Bethesda, and the Joni feature film. Please take a moment to read Electra's post and leave her a comment of congratulations... "Hope. It is hard to even put in words what I have seen, experienced and felt this summer. A month and a half journey with Joni and Friends certainly can change your life. I started off in Sterling, Virginia and my heart was blessed from the start...

Blog Contest Winner – Stephanie

Blog Contest Winner, StephanieTo celebrate 35 years of Joni and Friends ministry, we recently held our first blog contest. We invited you to share on your personal blog how Joni and Friends has impacted your life! This week, we’re featuring the winning entries. Today’s post was written by Stephanie E. who has a rare, disabling illness called Juvenile Dermatomyositis. As a winner, she’s receiving a copy of Joni’s soon to be released book, Beside Bethesda, and the Joni feature film... "I cannot remember a time that I did not look up to and admire Joni Eareckson Tada. Growing up with a disabling illness, I found it hard to find role models in the public eye who really encouraged me. When healthy normal people talked about pain and suffering, the words just seemed to be empty; but when Joni spoke of pain and suffering, the words mattered. Our situations may be drastically different in many ways, but I know she is...

35th Anniversary Blog Contest Winners!

35th Anniversary Blog Contest Winners!Last month, in celebration of 35 years of Joni and Friends ministry, we hosted our first blog contest! We asked you to write a blog post on your personal blog sharing how Joni and Friends has impacted your life. What a response you gave! We received more than 60 stories of impact detailing God’s goodness and faithfulness displayed. Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry! Join us in congratulating our 3 winners, plus a special “Joni’s Pick” winner...

A Wheelchair from You Leads to a Church Home

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

Cecelia and JaymiJaymi in her pediatric wheelchair
Cecelia lives with her daughter, Jaymi, in a rustic village in El Salvador. Cecelia is a toughened woman with an even tougher job: How will she raise a disabled little girl in such a place, alone? Cecelia and Jaymi were provided much needed help at a Wheels for the World outreach. Little Jaymi was given a sturdy pediatric wheelchair that will grow with her for years, and the team’s physical therapist demonstrated exercises for strengthening Jaymi’s body. But even better, a Bible in Spanish was given to Cecelia. A local pastor opened it and shared the Gospel simply and clearly. He knew of their...

Family Retreats go International!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 25, 2014
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International Family Retreat El SalvadorAs you know, Joni and Friends hosts Family Retreats all throughout the United States… but we don’t stop there! With so many families affected by disabilities worldwide and with the added stigma disability carries in developing countries, we are reaching out to special needs families through our International Family Retreats. Some of these families have never taken a vacation and others have never heard the words...

Thanks to You from China!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 21, 2014
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  • Wheels For The World

Zhou hugging a Wheels for the World Seatign Specialist
Make no mistake: Jesus Christ is alive in China! Many there have known and loved the Savior for years. Ninety-nine-year-old Zhou is one of them... Zhou has waited many years for a wheelchair to ease the pain of her arthritis, which now prohibits her from walking. She waited in faith and hope, never doubting that God would provide for her…and He did, when you sent a wheelchair through Joni and Friends! “Jesus is awesome!” Zhou proclaimed with cheers and shouts of joy, as her long-awaited...

Available Now! Joni’s 2015 Planner

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 19, 2014
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Joni Eareckson Tada's 2015 PlannerJoni’s beautiful rendering of a lighthouse at sunset welcomes you into another year! With wisdom as the theme, you’ll find plenty of wise words in 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 2015 Planner is available exclusively from Joni and Friends. Order yours – and one for a friend – today!

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A Mother's Heart... Transformed by God's Word

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 14, 2014
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  • Wheels For The World

Juan sitting in his new pediatric wheelchairJuan’s bright, gap-toothed smile radiates joy! His laughter echoed through the halls at our recent Wheels for the World outreach to El Salvador, where Juan was receiving his first wheelchair. But his mother Postima is more downcast. “We have a very difficult life,” she said quietly. “I can’t work or take Juan to the hospital or therapy. I used to go to church but I have become so discouraged... My husband does not want to help with Juan at all. He is threatening to leave us because it is so hard. I know God wants to show him Juan is a valuable person.... but how?” For a family like Juan’s, the gift of a wheelchair signifies much more than mobility. It’s a tangible statement that Juan is valuable to God – so valuable that He sent a miracle. “I never thought I would have a wheelchair for...

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