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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!

God’s Encouragement for Caregivers

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 22, 2014
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  • What's New in Our Store

God’s Encouragement for CaregiversAs a caregiver, your daily life presents you with unique and important needs. This three-episode DVD series of the John Ankerberg Show features special guests Joni & Ken Tada and Dr. Michael & Cindy Easley – two couples who are well acquainted with disability. Through their stories, you’ll find abundant encouragement for those who suffer and for their caregivers. Order a copy for yourself, or a caregiver in your life.

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Join The CID on Facebook and Twitter!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 20, 2014
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  • In the Media, Christian Institute on Disability

Girl serving through the CIDWe see headlines about birth defects, tragic accidents or surgeries gone wrong with the declarations that these lives should be ended because, “No one would want to live like this!” Human life can now be altered, aborted, cloned and euthanized, sometimes even against the will of family and loved ones. As Christians, we are called to make a difference in this brave, new and dangerous world. Through our Joni and Friends Christian Institute on Disability (CID) we strive to be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. Since 2007, the mission of the CID has been to impact the Church, Christian and public institutions, and societies with a biblical worldview and life-giving truth on issues pertaining to life, dignity, justice and equality that affect people with disabilities. You now have a new way to network with the CID through social media. Whether you're an alumni of a CID internship program, or you've completed our groundbreaking Beyond Suffering courses, join us on Facebook...

Disability and the Power of Prayer

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 18, 2014
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  • Cause 4 Life

Cause for Life intern prayingThe power of prayer is a phrase used regularly throughout the Christian community. Many with disabilities depend on the power of prayer to strengthen them and encourage them on their journey. Some turn to prayer to relieve them of their disability. But when they come to the end of their prayer unchanged, what then? We read that God’s attentive eye sees even the little sparrow that falls from a tree (Matt. 10:29-31). Why then does it seem at times that the Lord is blind to our anguish? When prayers seem to go unanswered, some come to the conclusion that there is no God. They feel He has turned a deaf ear to their desperate petitions. But God promises to be with us each step of the way, even if our prayers for “deliverance” seem to go unheard (Psalm 62:5-8). George Mgoola is a paraplegic living in Malawi. He wasn’t born with his disability, but contracted poliomyelitis as a child...

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