Joni and Friends Blog

Alzheimer's Update

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 19, 2011
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  • In the Media

Over the weekend, while with our Joni and Friends Ohio team for a Bioethics conference tackling end-of-life issues, I had a chance to take a break from the activity and read your posts about Alzheimer’s on the Joni and Friends Blog (the photo is of two conference participants: Ty and his wife Pat who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s). I was deeply touched by some of your posts drawing parallels between the way Christ comforts us, and the way we, in turn, comfort others in their limitations. Thank you for your thoughtful observations, all of you...

A Message for You from Thailand

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 15, 2011
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  • Wheels For The World

wftw thailandNakuhn and her little son Onecharlerm are tribal people – shunned and without rights or standing of any kind in Thailand. They are considered unworthy and “the least of these.” Nakuhn wrapped her little boy in a sling around her waist and boarded a bus at 11 PM to travel over 250 kilometers through the night. She arrived at our Wheels for the World distribution at 6:30 AM tired and hungry, yet full of hope. For although Nakuhn is an outcast in this country, she is a Christian. Her hope lies in her Heavenly Father and in the love of people just...

A Personal Message from Joni...

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 15, 2011
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  • Joni's Posts, Video Archives

Watch this personal message from Joni...

Divorce and Alzheimer's

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 15, 2011
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  • In the Media

A Statement by Joni Eareckson Tada on Pat Robertson's comment on Divorce and Alzheimer's

“Any marriage has its challenges, but add a serious disability and they can, at times, seem overwhelming. This is why God instituted marriage as a lifelong commitment – Heaven knows it requires vows, solemn and serious, to weather a couple through the demands of disability."

“I was dismayed when this week Pat Robertson said to a nationwide audience that Alzheimer's disease is a kind of death that makes divorce justifiable. When a Christian leader views marriage on a sliding scale, what does this say to the millions of couples who must deal daily with catastrophic injuries and illnesses?"

“At the Joni and Friends International Disability Center, we encounter thousands of couples who, despite living with serious disabling conditions, showcase the grace of God in their weakness every day. Marriage is designed to be a picture of God’s sacrificial love for us. Alzheimer’s disease is never an ‘accident’ in a marriage; it falls under the purview of God’s sovereignty. In the case of someone with Alzheimer's, this means God's unconditional and sacrificial love has an opportunity to be even more gloriously displayed in ...

Our First Urban Family Retreat: A Big Success!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 12, 2011
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  • Family Retreats

Life can feel overwhelming when you're a family with special needs. And if you're living in the inner-city, with all its challenges? It's even harder. That's why we are working to make Family Retreats accessible to urban families – we want parents (including single moms) of kids with disabilities to experience all the heartwarming fun and inspiration that every family enjoys at a Joni and Friends Retreat! Recently we completed our first Urban Family Retreat at a mountain conference center near LA, ministering to 22 families of various colors and cultures – many came to Christ!

marlene and joeyMarlene is a single mother whose son, Joey, struggles with multiple disabilities (including speech problems and renal failure). She came to camp having no idea what God's Word says about her son's disability. Like the rest of the families, Marlene's weary heart was totally refreshed by the Christ-centered love of our STM's and she got a whole new perspective on disability from the daily messages of our camp pastor...

Joni to Speak at Cedarville University

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 31, 2011
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

Very shortly, Joni will be traveling to Cedarville University in Ohio along with Dr. Kathy McReynolds of the Joni and Friends Christian Institute on Disability – both will be presenters at Bioethics Conference 2011 highlighting end-of-life issues and ministry.

“These are difficult times for many elderly people, what with healthcare reform and the euthanasia movement gaining steam,” says Joni. “We as Christians need to get equipped, and I hope many people throughout the Ohio River Valley will sign up for this important conference!”

Joni and Friends/Ohio will also be sponsoring a Through the Roof Summit for people interested in starting or expanding disability ministry in their church. For more information, visit www.cedarville.edu/bioethics2011.

Download event flier here.

Bioethics Conference Focuses on End-of-Life Ministry

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 31, 2011
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  • In the Media

joni eareckson tadaJoin the Cedarville University Center for Bioethics and Joni and Friends September 15-17 for the Bioethics Conference 2011 and Through the Roof Summit. The theme of this year’s conference is “Equipping for End-of-Life Ministry.” Leading experts in the fields of bioethics and pastoral care will provide practical take-home tools for health care and ministry professionals.

There will be presentations by keynote speakers Joni Eareckson Tada, C. Ben Mitchell, Ph.D., and Christopher Hook, M.D., as well as breakout sessions led by a variety of thought leaders in healthcare ethics and end-of-life ministry. Topics will include issues such as mechanically sustaining life, life support and God’s timing...

Be Free!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 29, 2011
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  • Family Retreats

doves flying over a white crossOur season of Family Retreats is winding down and stories are pouring in of hearts changed by Christ, marriages mended, and families united. Our 2011 season of Family Retreats touched the lives of thousands of children and adults with disabilities, their family members, staff and short-term missionaries. All activities were planned around this year’s theme of “Be Free” from II Corinthians 3:17, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”...

Joni's New 2012 Planner has Arrived!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 23, 2011
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  • What's New in Our Store

2012 plannerEvery year around this time, countless friends 'get ahead of the rush' and order Joni's Planner – complete with 12 devotionals, her sketches, month-at-a-glance calendars, encouraging scriptures and quotations, activity ideas, and plenty of space to jot down daily and weekly appointments, you'll enjoy using every feature. Popular for decades, the Joni Planner has become an annual classic! "I keep mine open on my bedroom dresser," says Joni, "it's a ready reference for my day, as well as a single place to jot important notes." Get a head start on your plans for 2012 and order yours today!

Talk with Joni on Tuesday Morning!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 20, 2011
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  • Radio

Joni and Rainey in the radio studioOn Tuesday, August 23rd, live from 12:05pm to 1:00pm EST, Joni will be interviewed on Dr. Tim Clinton’s national radio broadcast “Turn It Around with Dr. Tim.” Of course, we’re pretty excited about this wonderful opportunity to highlight not only Joni’s insights, but the great work of Joni and Friends. And Tim Clinton has invited you to call in! If you’d like to speak with Joni and Dr. Tim on the air, just call 1-800-326-4543 x413 no later than 12:00pm EST. And Joni says thanks!

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