Joni and Friends Blog

We’re off to Poland!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 14, 2011
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  • Wheels For The World

Our Joni and Friends/Arizona team is leading a Wheels for the World team into Poland this week (June 13-28). Besides distributing several hundred Bibles and wheelchairs to disabled children and adults, we'll be conducting disability ministry training with pastors and introducing our new curriculum, "Beyond Suffering: Christian Perspectives on Disability Ministry.” We’re laying the foundation to train even more pastors next year – we want every evangelical church in Poland to welcome and embrace special needs families in the name of Jesus. The team will be checking in on our blog, so post them a note of encouragement and assure them of your prayers!

wheels for the world team in polanddelinda carr and a young boy in a wheelchair at a wheelchair distribution in Poland

Family Retreat - African Style!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 10, 2011
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  • Family Retreats

volunteers fitting a boy with a wheelchairdirector of international family retreats standing next to an alligator
The team just arrived home from Ghana where we held one of our International Family Retreats with all the fun, flair, music and color that you’d expect in Africa. Dawn (an OT) and Jen (a PT) served at the retreat as part of our Team MED, using their combined skills to minister to each family. One little disabled boy was carried to the retreat by his parents – when we saw he had no wheelchair, Dawn and Jen went to the Disability Center and found the perfect chair. Praise God for the way He moved among the families, and thank Him for generous servants like Dawn and Jen. We have lots more International Family Retreats slated for the summer, so pray about getting involved!

It’s Prom Time at Joni and Friends

a young man dancing with a girl in a wheelchair at their promThe Joni and Friends/Eastern Pennsylvania team worked with Manor Church to ‘decorate the halls’ for a special Young Adult Formal this past Friday night – young adults with various disabilities dressed up and partnered with JAF friends for a ‘going to the prom’ evening complete with music, dancing, great food and even better fellowship! Would you like to get your church involved in disability outreach? Get started by contacting...

Uganda: New Access to the Gospel!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 3, 2011
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  • Christian Institute on Disability

gaba bible institute in ugandaWe’re working hard this summer to take disability ministry not only “into the streets,” but into seminaries and Bible colleges around the world. Yes, that means holding disability ministry classes in Christian institutions across the States and around the world, including the Gaba Bible Institute (GBI) in Uganda. At GBI, however, we took it a step further...

Cause 4 Life Internships

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 2, 2011
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  • Cause 4 Life, Video Archives

Watch and listen as Joni and Friends Interns share what Cause 4 Life is all about!

Our Kids' Corner Launches This Week!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 31, 2011
  • 3 Comments
  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

Joel 1:4 says, "Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation." No doubt about it, the Bible insists we tell the Good News of Jesus to the children in our lives. It's why I asked the team at Joni and Friends to help me create a special Kids' Corner on our website –there are a ton of boys and girls out there we can reach (like the way my little friend Ashlie is reaching out to her buddy, Darcy). Our new Kids' Corner is launching June 1 and it's filled with games, puzzles, prizes, music, crafts, posters and pictures… most of all, our goal is to help young people see that Jesus Christ is their Very Best Friend! I'd be delighted to reach the heart of your child (or grandchild) with the love of our wonderful Savior – so the next time you visit our website...

 

Success in China!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 26, 2011
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  • Wheels For The World

Right now, our Wheels for the World teams are heading home from China, with hearts brimming over with joy, thanksgiving, and praise to God. We held one distribution in the industrial city of Anshan in northern China; we worked there with Zhang Xu, an orthopedic surgeon who came to Christ after he read the Joni book when he became a quadriplegic from a diving accident. I opened his e-mail this morning and these were his words: "We just had blessed 11 days with JAF Wheels Team here and the distribution was a full success...

wheels outreach in china

Our Prayers are with the People of Joplin…

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 24, 2011
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  • In the Media

All of us at Joni and Friends join millions across the country in praying for the people of Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas who have lost their businesses, homes and loved ones in the devastating tornadoes. One of our JAF board members lives in Joplin, and our Christian Institute on Disability has a partnership with...

You Can Make a Difference!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 23, 2011
  • 1 Comment
  • Christian Institute on Disability

students at a beyond suffering courseFrederick Buechner wrote, "The place where God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet." We couldn't agree more – that's why we invite you to sign up for our summer certificate course, "Beyond Suffering: Christian Perspectives on Disability Ministry."

It's All Happening Right Now in China…

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 16, 2011
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  • Wheels For The World

joni and yaling in chinaMeet one of our Joni and Friends' staff leaders, Yaling Wang, who serves as project coordinator for our international outreach. Several years ago, after she embraced Christ as Lord and Savior, Yaling came to us as an intern from the People's Republic of China. When God began opening doors for Joni and Friends to minister to special needs families in China, it was clear we needed Yaling on staff. Her cultural expertise and insight has proved invaluable – in fact, right now we have two Wheels for the World teams delivering wheelchairs, Bibles and Joni books in China; we also are leading a two-day Disability Ministry Training Summit for 50 Chinese pastors! Ask God to open hearts to His Word as our teams minister over the next two weeks in the most populous nation on earth.

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