For 30 years, Marta has carried her sister, Maura, on her back after polio took away Maura’s ability to walk. They came for a wheelchair – a gift even the most loving sister could never provide. As they waited for it to be perfectly adjusted, Joni’s story was shared. Hearing of God’s promise to fill those who are weak with His strength, Maura and Marta both nodded vigorously, “Si, Si! Yes, we want this Jesus, too!” Right in the middle of the noisy Wheels for the World distribution, the sisters joined hands and prayed to receive Christ. When they lifted their heads, they were beaming. Tears of joy ran down their faces as the Savior’s love burst over them, washing away their sin, their doubts, and their fears. Rejoice! El Salvador (the Savior) has come!
What impact can you make in the life of a family struggling with autism? Meet 6-year-old Avery. He and his family are just back from Family Retreat and still glowing with the love of Jesus! Autism is the fastest growing disability today, making it one of the most represented disabilities at our Joni and Friends Family Retreats. Autism is often an “unseen disability” ─ yet its challenges are enormous, exhausting, and often misunderstood. Because of your partnership, Family Retreats are one of the few places in the U.S. where whole families affected by autism are welcomed with open arms by loving, trained volunteers. At Family Retreat, Avery finds a special kind of love that celebrates him as a child of God and focuses on his victories instead of his unique behaviors. “The Short Term Missionaries are here for love, willing to serve our family...
Christmas will be here before we know it! This year, Joni is especially excited about her Christmas cards designed just for you– her beautiful new cards are a wonderfully unique way to celebrate the birth of our Savior! For 2013, Joni has two new card designs available exclusively from Joni and Friends: Herald Angel and Christmas Wreath. Each style comes in a box of 15 cards with 16 gold lined envelopes. And every purchase supports ministry to people affected by disability. Get ahead of the rush and order your cards today!
Jayden Lamb was a little boy who lived in a small town in central Michigan. He enjoyed school and playing with his friends, but Jayden’s days were cut short when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that attacked his nervous system. His community and school reached out in support, but as the doctor’s suspected, Jayden did not make it. The loss of a child was devastating for his mom and dad, but they knew they had to thank those who helped them. And so, they began to “pay it forward” with small acts of kindness, all in honor of their little boy, Jayden. Click here to watch this remarkable story of how one little boy’s life changed an entire community.
Meet 6-year-old Avery ─ he and his family are just back from Family Retreat and still glowing with the love of Jesus! “Family Retreat is a sanctuary,” explains Avery’s dad, Joseph.”It centers us spiritually – we learn to trust Christ through all the chaos.”
Avery’s mom, Sharvette, agrees. “Family Retreat is a sheltered zone where your size, your race or disability doesn’t matter,” she adds. “When we leave we’re peaceful, knowing our circumstances aren’t as big as we thought. Family Retreat pushes us forward with confidence in God!”
A great friend of the ministry, actor/producer Kirk Cameron, recently announced his new film, UNSTOPPABLE, his most personal project to date. This artistic and compelling documentary takes audiences on a journey starting from creation, chronicling events that offer a deeper meaning of the role that pain and suffering has in our lives. Kirk shares, “In UNSTOPPABLE, I take you on a personal voyage into the depths of my faith, based on something that happened in my life. We discover not only is there an answer to this pivotal question, there is great hope in it as well!” Kirk has invited audiences around the country to join him on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, for his one-night live event of UNSTOPPABLE taking place in nearly 700 theaters nationwide. If you’d like to learn more or find a theater near you, visit www.unstoppablethemovie.com for details.
When a high fever left Dadina, a Romanian gypsy, unable to move, her life came to a halt. For over 30 years, Dadina lay prostrate in bed, never leaving her house to see the light of day. But Isaiah chapter 60 commands us to “Arise and let our light shine for all to see God’s glory.” So when our volunteers heard of this woman’s plight, they knew they needed to help. Take a moment to watch this short, yet powerful video on how Wheels for the World brought the promise of Isaiah 60 to Dadina.
Have you ever suffered physically, emotionally or spiritually and wondered why? Do you have family members or friends with disabilities and struggle to know what to say or how to act around them? God’s Word is not silent when it comes to these difficult questions. Joni and Friends has put together Beyond Suffering, a powerful course which addresses questions about evil and suffering and shares various aspects of disability ministry. Starting in September, new online course options are available! If you’d like discover God’s plan for disability and His heart for a world that is broken...
Eleven-year-old Fernanda spends every day lying in a small side room, while her mother, Denise, works as a maid. Because she has no mobility, Fernanda has never gone to school. But through your support, God has supplied for their need. Denise carried Fernanda throughout the 2-hour bus trip to reach our Wheels for the World outreach. They sat alone, just the two of them. “We have no family,” Denise explained. “It’s just the two of us. We are alone in this world.” But your compassion sends Bibles and wheelchairs to people who are lost and lonely! A local Joni and Friends partnering...
Aren’t you thankful for the gift of God’s wonderful Word? And we have it at our fingertips – all we have to do is pick up our Bible and begin reading. Yet there are millions of people all over the world who have no access to the Bible. In fact, statistics tell us that people with disabilities are among the least evangelized groups of all. That’s why Joni and Friends has set a goal to deliver 25,000 Bibles within the next year to people with disabilities, all over the world. Won’t you join us in prayer and support of this awesome goal? Together, we’ll provide for people in the most desperate life circumstances, by sending them the hope and love found in God’s Word. A gift of $25 will send 5 Bibles; $100 sends 20 Bibles, all in their native language! With your gift, families with disability will receive Bibles, giving the Truth and Hope straight from the Word of God!
Thank you for sending God’s Word to families affected by disability!