Joni and Friends Blog

Serbian International Family Retreat

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 2, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, International

Judy ButlerWhen Family Retreats go international, they take on much of the feel and flavor of the culture in that country – and it happened recently in Serbia. Caregivers there are almost always family members – and they struggle against weariness and hopelessness. It’s why I was so proud that my former executive assistant, Judy Butler, served on the International Family Retreat leadership team in Serbia. Here she is teaching a group of Serbian caregivers helpful info on alleviating the daily stress of giving care to a loved one with a disability (Judy should know; she was my...

Josie's Story

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 29, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, Family Retreats, Video Archives

Josie's StoryEven though weeks have passed since our summertime season of Family Retreats, the memories remain fresh and bright. Just what inspires a kid about Family Retreat? Take a minute to listen to little Josie describe her week at our Joni and Friends/New England Family Retreat. For disabled kids and their siblings, there’s no place like a Joni and Friends’ Family Retreat! So pass on the word to a special...

Collecting and Storing Wheelchairs

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 27, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, Wheels For The World

Collecting WheelchairsRecently I was in Connecticut to thank WIHS Christian Radio on nearly 15 years of holding annual wheelchair collection drives – they’ve collected well over 7,000 wheelchairs, walkers, and crutches. Thankfully, a local construction company provides this warehouse for...

Order Joni's 2015 Christmas Cards!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 26, 2015
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  • What's New in Our Store

Joni Eareckson Tada's Let Us Adore Him Christmas CardJoni's 2015 Christmas Cards are available and you won't want to miss out on her beautiful new designs! In Oh, Holy Night, three wise men from the East, silhouetted by moonlight, hurry toward Bethlehem – guided by the brilliance of the night sky. Inside message: “May Jesus’ light lead you and His joy brighten your path this Season and throughout the New Year. Merry Christmas!” Inside scripture is Acts 17:27. In Let Us Adore Him, an angel and two shepherd boys look toward the manger in whispered amazement. Here, Joni’s whimsical design captures the awe and anticipation of the Savior’s birth. On the card’s artistic interior, the message reads: “May this Spirit-blessed season be filled with joyous...

Wheelchair Bags

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 19, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, Wheels For The World

Wheelchair BagEvery little girl would love to have a big “purse” on the back of her new wheelchair. It's a great place to not only hold all your favorite things, but the gift of your new Bible from Wheels for the World. A wheelchair bag ties neatly to the handles and has room to carry lots of items (it's a little extra gift we like to provide to our wheelchair recipients whenever these bags are available). So, if you love sewing or if the women in your church's “sewing circle” are interested in a new project, I encourage you to download this printout for instructions on how to create these wonderful wheelchair and walker...

Pray for Radio Recording Day!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 12, 2015
  • 2 Comments
  • Joni's Posts, Radio

Joni and Ken in the recording studioTomorrow is a big day. The radio team and I will be recording our “Joni and Friends” 5-minute radio program, the 1-minute “Diamonds in the Dust” programs, and our public service announcements on disability and health-related topics featured on DisabilityCampaign.org. And...

Your Love Brings Joy and Encouragement to Kids

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 9, 2015
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  • Family Retreats

Luke, who has epilepsy, and his STM Audrey enjoy time together at Family Retreat.Audrey Ross didn’t know what to expect the first time she signed up as a Short Term Missionary (STM) at Family Retreat this past summer. She was nervous but excited about what God had in store. When the families arrived, she was paired with a young boy named Luke, who has epilepsy. At the end of each day, Audrey noticed Luke feeling more comfortable and having fun! “Even though we couldn’t communicate, we formed a special connection. I would smile at him and he would smile back.” God can use you also at Retreats to encourage a child living with disability. Audrey added, “I want people to see me live out the Gospel. Here’s a great opportunity to share His love practically with others.” Do you want to live out the Gospel as a volunteer at Family Retreats? Serve with us in 2016!

Disabled Syrian Teenager's Journey Across Borders

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 6, 2015
  • 1 Comment
  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

Noujain MustaffaMost of us are aware of the massive emigration of Syrian refugees escaping ISIS and flooding into Europe. Whether crossing land on foot, or embarking on a dangerous boat trip across the Mediterranean, hundreds of thousands of displaced persons are looking for help and hope. Ken and I have been praying over this crisis...

A Grave Decision for Californians!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 5, 2015
  • 5 Comments
  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

A Grave Decision for Californians!Today, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a dangerous bill making CA the fourth state to legalize assisted suicide. Gov. Brown said he signed the bill because he wouldn't want to be "dying in prolonged and excruciating pain" in his final days — regardless of the fact that pain relief is readily available without killing patients. But the truth is pain is not among the top reasons for why people choose assisted...

There's a Gorilla in the Church

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 2, 2015
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  • In the Media

There's a Gorilla in the ChurchHow do we as a church reach out to nonbelievers when our numbers are shrinking? According to a recent Pew study, more and more American adults are leaving the church—and that should concern us as Christians. As witnesses and communicators of the Gospel of Jesus, it’s important we take seriously our means of evangelism. The problem is: few...

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