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Greetings from Africa!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 13, 2014
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  • Cause 4 Life

Short-term Missionary Mark JankowskiMy name is Mark Jankowski and I am blessed to be partnering with Cause 4 Life in Kampala, Uganda. While here my team and I are working at the Kampala School for the Physically Handicapped (KSPH). I have to say the experience has been like none other. The children are great, the staff and teachers are wonderful, and the people of Uganda are top notch. When I first went to the school and met some of the children, I saw two sides of the children. I saw children who are kind, I saw children who are considered outcasts, and I saw children who need to be loved. I also saw children that are handicapped. After getting to know the kids and seeing how they acted and played in day-to-day life, my view of the kids changed. Instead of seeing handicapped children who need to be loved, I saw...

Steve Bundy on Point of View

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 10, 2014
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  • In the Media, Christian Institute on Disability

Steve BundyTune in to the Point of View radio program on Thursday, June 12, at 11am PST to hear Steve Bundy interviewed by Kerby Anderson. As Vice President of the Christian Institute on Disability and father of a child with multiple disabilities, Steve shares insight and encouragement from his new book, Another Kind of Courage, which he co-authored alongside Joni and Friends President Doug Mazza. Listen in online or find a station in your area!

MMB Bootcamp: An Intern’s Perspective

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 6, 2014
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  • Cause 4 Life

Joni with 2014 InternsOur 2014 Cause 4 Life Ministry and Missions Bootcamp Interns arrived on June 1st and have hit the ground running! They are 4 days into their internship, but already looking forward to serving at Family Retreat next week then traveling overseas to serve children with disabilities in Haiti! One of our interns shares her perspective on the first few days she’s spent interning at Joni and Friends... "Eleven different girls from eleven different backgrounds arrived as new interns at the Joni and Friends International Disability Center this past Sunday evening. After an informative and fun day of orientation, we’ve engaged in Beyond Suffering, a three-day training course on disabilities and starting preparations for our time in Haiti. The course speakers have integrated major issues into their sessions. Two examples out of many...

Global Access Conference – Where Disabilities and Possibilities Meet

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 4, 2014
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  • In the Media, Christian Institute on Disability, International

Global Access ConferenceRegistration is now open for the first Global Access Conference presented by Joni and Friends! Taking place February 17-20, 2015, this international disability ministry conference will bring together disability leaders, ministers, and educators from around the world to share experiences and teach how to practically and effectively promote disability ministry in the Christian community. With speakers such as Joni Eareckson Tada, Doug Mazza, Eddy Bazin, and Charles Ware, you will learn how to create and pursue advanced disability initiatives within church and cultural communities, as well as build lasting networks of support and education throughout the international disability community. Learn more about Global Access and secure your registration today!

Support Joni and Friends on Amazon Smile and Ebay Giving Works

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 30, 2014
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  • In the Media

Support Joni and Friends on Amazon Smile and Ebay Giving Works Make your online purchases and sales count for people with disabilities! Now you can support Joni and Friends on Amazon Smile and Ebay Giving Works. Rather than shopping on Amazon’s regular site, make your purchase through Amazon Smile: sign in to your account, select Joni and Friends as your charity of choice, and Amazon Smile will give .5% of your purchase to our ministry. Selling stuff on Ebay? List your merchandise on Ebay Giving Works, and you...

Bringing Hope and Mobility to Ugandan Children

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 26, 2014
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  • Radio, Video Archives

Joni and FrancisCan you imagine what it would be like to not be able to go to school and be outcast by your community? This is the world in which Francis Mugwanya grew up as a boy paralyzed by polio. In his home country of Uganda, 90% of children with disabilities are not able to go to school because they do not have a mobility device such as a wheelchair, walker, or pair of crutches. As a child, Francis depended on his brother to ride him on a bicycle to and from school. It wasn't until he was 11-years-old that Francis received his first wheelchair from an organization that serves people with disabilities. Today, Francis and his family give back, serving Ugandans with disabilities in the name of Jesus. We are proud to partner with Francis’ ministry, "Father's Heart Mobility Ministry," and together reach the people of Uganda. It’s why we invite you to watch a video of Francis and Joni as they talk about the great need in developing countries and how you can make a difference.

Another Kind of Courage

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 24, 2014
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  • In the Media, What's New in Our Store, Video Archives

For parents, the realization that your child has a disability hits hard. But be encouraged, you are not alone! Doug Mazza and Steve Bundy share their experiences as fathers of children with disability. In Another Kind of Courage, you will learn about God's design for fathers of families affected by disability. Mothers and wives, you'll get a valuable look inside the heart and mind of your husband, gaining insight about his journey as the father of a child with a disability. This book would make a great Father’s Day gift for any father impacted by disability!

Happy Grams

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 20, 2014
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  • Family Retreats

Ken and Joni receiving Happy GramsDo you want to encourage a special needs family this summer? Send a few Happy Grams to families attending Family Retreat! Happy Grams are simple notes of encouragement that are available for families and STMs to send to one another during Retreat. This year, we’re inviting you to get involved as well! So many families arrive at Family Retreat feeling weighed down by headaches and hardships; your Happy Grams will give them a warm and encouraging welcome! All you have to do is print out our Happy Gram template then jot down a few words, Scripture, or assurance that you are praying for them. You can even get your kids involved with decorating or writing their own messages! Once you've finished filling out your Happy Grams, send them in to Joni and Friends at PO Box 3333, Agoura Hills, CA 91376. We’ll distribute your encouragement to special needs families as they...

Wheels for the World is Heading to China

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 17, 2014
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  • Joni's Posts, Wheels For The World

Wheels outreach in ChinaKen and I were just with our Joni and Friends team in Eastern Pennsylvania, and now, today on May 17, these same co-workers are heading to Nanjing, Anshan, and Harbin – they are loaded down with wheelchairs, Joni books in Chinese, Bibles, and disability ministry training materials. Please be praying for the success of the Gospel as we minister in three major cities in China. Also ask God to grant our 3 Wheels teams a safe journey, health and strength, boldness in sharing Jesus' love, and wisdom in fitting each wheelchair to every disabled person's specific needs. "Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel" (Ephesians 6:19).

Matching Gift Opportunity!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 12, 2014
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  • In the Media

Matching Gift Opportunity!This month at Joni and Friends, we have a very special ministry opportunity. Thanks to some generous friends, every gift you give will be doubled, up to $250,000! God is giving us this Matching Gift Opportunity just when we need it most – worldwide, brokenhearted little children languish for lack of mobility; stigma and shame isolate families inside their homes; marriages crumble under financial and emotional hardship. But with your help, we can answer them. Your gift today sends the Good News of Jesus Christ and tangible hands-on help. And because of this Matching Gift Opportunity, your gift will go twice as far, touching double the lives! Please consider contributing to Joni and Friends this month. Your faithfulness will lift many more thousands into new life in Christ this year!

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