Joni and Friends Blog

Let’s Expand Christ’s Kingdom Together…

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 10, 2011
  • 1 Comment

Hi, this is Joni and just recently some very dear friends (who are passionate about this ministry) offered an incredible challenge – because they want to see the influence of Christ grow among people with disabilities around the world, they have offered to match every gift given to Joni and Friends until July 15th, all the way up to $250,000! I am truly amazed by this opportunity, especially when I think how it will translate into more people with disabilities hearing the Good News of Jesus. Ken and I are going to participate in this challenge, and, hey… I invite you to join us! And thanks for praying as we steward every gift to JAF so that “the Father’s house will be full.”

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Disability Ministry Summit

Joni speaking at a Through the Roof Disability Summit
Our Through the Roof Disability Ministry Summit is scheduled for May 13–14 and you are invited to come. What can a church do to help people with chronic illness… or children with autism… or adults with Alzheimer’s? How can you keep the passion ablaze in your volunteers? Whether your church is just starting out, or has a growing disability ministry, our Through the Roof Summit is for you. Top U.S. leaders in the field of disability ministry will be holding a wide array of excellent workshops. Special group rates are being offered, so bring your friends! “I'll be giving a special message on Saturday afternoon,” says Joni, “and I can’t wait to tell the group what God has put on my heart!” Sign up today or call 818-707-5664 with any questions. See you soon at this acclaimed training summit, the best on the West Coast!

Life in the Balance Receives Honors!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 28, 2011
  • 1 Comment
  • In the Media, Christian Institute on Disability

life in the balance book cover and leaders guide coverChristian retailers across the country have chosen the winning products in the 11th annual Retailers Choice Awards, sponsored by Christian Retailing magazine. Among a record 350-plus nominations in 39 categories, 41 winners were voted as best of the year – we are thrilled that Life in the Balance, written by Joni and Friends, won best book for 2011 in the Social Issues category! Many congratulations to our Joni and Friends’ Christian Institute on Disability...

It's Time for "Joni and Friends"...

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 25, 2011
  • 8 Comments
  • Joni's Posts, Radio

joni and ken in the radio studioRadio recording day at the International Disability Center is a pretty big deal – and an all-day one, too! Early on Tuesday morning, April 26th, I’ll head into the studio withRainey Floreen and Amy Hurtado (the JAF radio department) to get the day rolling with plenty of prayer and praise. In the control room will be Jim Sanders, my producer and, hopefully, Ken Tada will drop by for a quick interview. I’ll be recording 30 "Joni and Friends" radio programs, 45 one-minute features, and 30 public service announcements (check it out on disabilitycampaign.org). Whatever I’ll be recording on Tuesday, it’ll be all about encouragement...

Joni and Friends is Going Global!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 25, 2011
  • 0 Comments
  • Family Retreats, Wheels For The World

Every day at Joni and Friends is focused on outreach, and this week is no exception: It’s a worldwide whirlwind of Gospel-driven outreach! Today our Wheels for the World team is distributing wheelchairs and Bibles in Mexico – they plan to return home on April 30th. Also, our International Family Retreat is underway in Kovačica, Serbia – Serbian moms, dads, and disabled children will be experiencing Family Retreat fun and fellowship for the first time ever. And beginning April 28th, our 7th Wounded Warrior Getaway will be held near San Antonio, Texas – this particular retreat has soldier-style activities for these brave American servicemen and women who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan bearing wounds of conflict. Our Getaway provides a wonderful respite for them and their families; from rock climbing to kayaking...

Family Retreat… Guatemalan Style!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 19, 2011
  • 2 Comments
  • Family Retreats

Our first International Family Retreat of the season concluded last week at the El Faro retreat center on the Caribbean coast of Guatemala – 16 Guatemalan families and their disabled family members took part in an extraordinary week of arts and crafts, swimming, games, prayer, singing, one-on-one counseling, and devotional times in God's Word. It was extraordinary because these families...

We Need Your Prayers!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 14, 2011
  • 4 Comments
  • Christian Institute on Disability

Joni speaking at a Beyond Suffering Course
On Monday morning April 18th, Ken and I will be driving to Biola University where we will be speaking to students enrolled in the "Theology of Suffering and Disability Ministry" class – this special class is an undergraduate course of study which our Christian Institute on Disability helped develop in partnership with Biola...

A Big Part of our Ministry

Joni with Chantal and Kaitlyn in the IDC library
Our Joni and Friends intern, Chantal, has been working hard the last two months to edit and update our 30-Day JAF Prayer Manual. It's been an inspirational and an encouraging project for Chantal – and fun, too. Our staff photographer snapped these smiles yesterday as Chantal and her assistant Kaitlyn presented the completed manual to Joni (with Ivan taking down copious notes). Prayer plays a big role in all of our outreach programs. If you have a heart for prayer, please join our prayer team and help us lift up before the Lord Jesus upcoming JAF events

Looking for Joni's blog?

We're making it more convenient for you to connect with Joni by placing her blog over in Joni's Corner – Joni tells us this will make it easier for her to get to your comments faster. Lots of other new things are happening in Joni's Corner, too: new people that inspire her, fresh prayer requests, and more frequent posting of up-to-date videos, stories, and photos. And as Joni often says, "Don't forget to see what's going on over on our Radio, TV, Wheels for the World and Family Retreat pages. God is doing awesome things through your prayers, giving, and your volunteer help (those of you who volunteer with us, thank you so much)!" Check out Joni's Corner today!

Get Ready for the National Day of Prayer!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 31, 2011
  • 4 Comments
  • In the Media

May 5th and the National Day of Prayer is right around the corner, and it’s time to get your church or community organization involved. Join the more than 2 million Americans across the nation who will be gathering that day to lift the needs of their local government and the nation before the Lord. “Our country is in desperate need of prayer,” says Joni, Honorary Chair of the 2011 NDP, “and God is looking for people to pray for revival and renewal in our land.” We invite you to get a head-start on the prayer effort by posting your prayer for our nation today on the Joni and Friends’ blog!

Begin planning now for a National Day of Prayer gathering in your own town. Check out these resources to help you get started. And don’t forget to visit our NDP page on the Joni and Friends’ website for ideas on including people with disabilities. For organizing an NDP initiative, visit www.nationaldayofprayer.org.

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