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Radio Recording Today!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 15, 2014
  • Joni's Posts, Radio

Radio Recording Today!I can hardly believe today will be the last radio recording session for 2014 – I think we are up to over 8500 radio programs (considering "Joni and Friends" has been on the air since 1982). As always, I will be leaning on your prayers for physical strength, lung power, a clear voice, and an anointing from the Holy Spirit over...

Because of You, Victoria Can Attend School!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 9, 2014
  • 1 Comment
  • Wheels For The World

Regina and Victoria with Victoria's new wheelchairEvery day, Regina lifts her 6-year-old daughter Victoria onto her back and heads for the local roadside stand where she sells salt, onions, and peppers in Ghana. Victoria has cerebral palsy and is unable to walk on her own. But Regina can’t afford a wheelchair for Victoria – such a thing costs more money than Regina earns in a year. If Victoria had a wheelchair, she could go to a local school, but instead she sits by the road as her mother sells what she can to keep them going another day. But on a recent Wheels for the World outreach, Regina’s prayers were answered. Victoria received a new pediatric wheelchair that will make it possible for her to attend school. “Jesus tells us that He will not leave us or forsake us,” said Regina. “Today this wheelchair you have given us is a manifestation of His love and His word coming true. You have lifted us from shame and placed God’s love on our lives!” Thank you for your prayers and ministry partnership that reach...

A Great Christmas Gift! Joni's 2015 Planner

Joni Eareckson Tada's 2015 PlannerJoni’s beautiful rendering of a lighthouse at sunset welcomes you into another year! With wisdom as the theme, you’ll find plenty of wise words in Joni’s collection of scriptures, quotes, and monthly devotions. Staying organized is easy with month-at-a-glance pages, weekly and daily planning. There’s space for journaling, prayer lists, and appointments. At the back, you’ll find 2 handy pockets for your notes and receipts. The popular Joni 2015 Planner is available exclusively from Joni and Friends. Order yours – and one for a friend – today!

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100,000 Wheelchairs Sent by You

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 25, 2014
  • Wheels For The World

Ebenezer in his new wheelchairEbenezer attending school for the first time
When 5-year-old Ebenezer in Ghana, Africa received the gift of mobility, it marked a milestone for our ministry – it was the 100,000th wheelchair delivered through Wheels for the World. With your faithful prayers and generous support, God has brought joy and hope to thousands. Thank you!

Give The Perfect Gift…and Transform a Life! 

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 20, 2014
  • Wheels For The World

Sheara in her new Regency Pediatric WheelchairFinding just the right gift can be a challenge. However, for a child with a disability, what could be a more perfect gift than a wheelchair to show God’s love in a tangible way? Listen to three-year-old Sheara’s story. Soon after she was born, her father abandoned her. Because she had a disability, he wouldn’t care for her. Sheara’s mother, Evelyn was left alone to provide for her little girl. She worked in the fields under the scorching sun with Sheara wrapped on her back. Evelyn had little hope for her daughter’s future… until your love sent the perfect gift that changed everything! A Wheels for the World team brought wheelchairs to their tiny village. “The news about Joni and Friends gave me hope for the first time since Sheara was born!” said Evelyn. She watched with joy as her daughter was seated in a beautiful new pediatric wheelchair. This Christmas, you can give the perfect gift … a gift that changes lives! Just $150 sends a wheelchair to a disabled...

Joni and Dr. Charles Ware Talk Global Access

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 17, 2014
  • Christian Institute on Disability, Video Archives

Dr. Charles Ware is one of the keynote speakers for the Global Access Conference 2015. As a dynamic and energizing speaker, Joni and Friends is excited to have him share his experience and perspective on disability ministry. To learn more about the conference and the other speakers and presenters, please visit

Hope in Christ Overflows at Family Retreat

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 13, 2014
  • 1 Comment
  • Family Retreats

Emeric on the climbing wall at Family RetreatWhy do special-needs families call Family Retreat “a slice of heaven?” Because Jesus is everywhere – and with Him come these two things: hope and joy! At Family Retreat everything’s possible because everything’s accessible! In the sun-splashed beauty of God’s outdoor creation, families experience the love and joy of Jesus through power-packed worship, relevant Bible teaching, heartfelt connections with other families and exciting summer adventures for every member of the family! This summer, 7-year-old Emeric rolled his wheelchair toward the climbing wall. It was awfully high, but it sure looked fun. Emeric was up for the challenge. He was all anticipation as the volunteers hitched him up for the climb. Alongside his dad Jake, he scaled the wall! No fear for Emeric – just trust, hope and the courageous joy that God gives kids and parents at Family Retreat! “As a family, we find good quality family time and...

Looking for a Christmas Gift with a Big Impact?

Print-at-Home Donation Gift CardThis year, you can honor your friends and family with a gift that will change a life! A donation to Joni and Friends helps extend the love of Christ and practical help to people affected by disability. Our programs serve people here at home and worldwide. And with our new print-at-home gift cards, you can let your loved ones know that a gift has been given in their name. Just donate online, select a gift card, print it out, and send it off. What a meaningful gift for that special friend or family member this Christmas!

Joni's 2014 Christmas Cards Are Still Available!

Joni's White Christmas Christmas CardYou still have time! Joni’s 2014 Christmas Cards are still available from Joni and Friends! This year’s cards feature two brand new designs! The White Christmas design features Joni’s charming pen-and-ink art – used for the first time ever on a Christmas card! Capturing the warm welcome that awaits travelers as they draw near to home, the snowy scene shows through a silver-edged die cut window in the card’s front. Inside scripture is Luke 2:14.

Joni's Star of Wonder Christmas CardThe Star of Wonder design is a regal, gold-foiled card featuring Joni’s depiction of Mary and Joseph on the road to Bethlehem, and the radiant star that announced the Savior’s birth. Inside scripture is Matthew 1:22-23.

Each box of Joni's 2014 Christmas Cards contains 15 cards and 16 foil-lined envelopes.
Order your cards while supplies last!

Singing with Christopher

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 7, 2014
  • Joni's Posts, Christian Institute on Disability

Christopher and Joni singing togetherWatch as Christopher and I sing his favorite song, “Open the Eyes of My Heart.” This song has special significance when Christopher sings it because he is blind and has autism… through his song he’s teaching us to see things the way that God does – through the heart. Christopher was born prematurely at 26 weeks and only weighed 1 lb and 12 oz. When he was adopted, his parents Steve and Christine realized that Christopher had perfect pitch. He has since sung at various events and has inspired thousands with his story. That’s why I am so thrilled that Christopher will be singing at the Global Access Conference in February 2015. Won’t you join us as we worship together and inspire one another to advance disability ministry? Register today!

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