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New "Irresistible Church" Book Series

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 5, 2016
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  • In the Media

Start with Hello bookIs your church a place of belonging? Do you want your church to be irresistible? An Irresistible Church is an authentic community built on the hope of Christ that compels people affected by disability to fully belong. And with the goal of introducing and training churches on how to lead a special needs ministry, we’ve kicked off our brand new “Irresistible Church” book series with the first release, “Start with Hello.” Listed for free on Kindle, this powerful resource has already reached #1 in 2 different Amazon bestseller categories as it book meets a need of so many churches – how to become welcoming to all people, and especially those with special needs. Download this free book for practical advice on...

First-ever LEGO with a Disability!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 3, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

LEGO in a wheelchairMy nephews are grown now, but when they were kids one of their favorite toys were LEGO® bricks. The boys had so much fun interlocking the tiny, colorful bricks to build all kinds of things — including “ramps” like the ones their Aunt Joni used. Toys can create a wonderful opportunity for children to develop a more positive attitude towards people with disabilities. It’s why I’m so excited that LEGO® has announced its first-ever minifigure with a disabilityto go on sale this June — a figurine of a person in a...

You Send the Message of Christ with Every Wheelchair

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 28, 2016
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  • Wheels For The World

Seraphina in her new wheelchair from Wheels for the WorldWhen you send a Bible and a wheelchair overseas to a child with a disability, the spiritual impact is life-changing for every member of the family! Recently, Seraphina brought her daughter Monica to receive a wheelchair at our Wheels for the World distribution. Feeling hopeless and exhausted, Seraphina knew she could never afford a wheelchair for her daughter. Their poverty was too great the owning a wheelchair seemed like an impossible dream. That afternoon, she watched as our team of physical therapists and mechanics tenderly and perfectly fit Monica to her very own pediatric wheelchair. The Gospel was shared by a local pastor and both mother and daughter eagerly prayed to receive Christ into their lives. “God has done great things for us; he has made us new today,” said Seraphina. “He used my child’s disability to bring us to Jesus.” Your gifts and prayer made it possible for one girl’s disability, one wheelchair and the Gospel to bring...

”Here Am I, Send Me”

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 25, 2016
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, Family Retreats, International

International Family Retreat Short-Term Missionaries in PeruNatalie taking part in a game with special needs families at Retreat in Peru
Natalie wasn’t quite sure what to expect when she signed up to serve for the first time at one of our Joni and Friends International Family Retreats. She brought a heart ready to serve and found out that God can use each of us if we step forward in faith. Natalie shares her reflections… "I had the privilege of serving at the Joni and Friends International Family Retreat in Peru last August. For four days I experienced pure joy as we served the families and helped cultivate a place of rest, support, prayer, worship, adventure and education! Across borders, oceans and language barriers I experienced a true connectivity of the human race. In spite of our...

God Uses Your Faith to Bring a Family to Jesus

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 19, 2016
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  • Wheels For The World

Maydalis and her family in CubaEach time you step out in faith, God uses your obedience and prayers to transform lives, like 7-year-old Maydalis from Cuba. She was born with a disability and is unable to walk. Her parents Yolanda and Anastasio take care of her every need but they don’t have enough money to buy a wheelchair for her. They’re just too expensive and can sometimes cost up to a year’s salary! Maydalis and her parents came to our Wheels for the World outreach, and that day, your faithful prayers yielded fruit. They were shown love and care as our Wheels team brought a brand new pediatric wheelchair for Maydalis. Her parents could scarcely believe what they were seeing. Questions filled their minds… who would love someone they never met? Who would come so far, across barriers and boundaries to give this wheelchair to a poor family like theirs? Their...

A New Look for Cause 4 Life Global Missions and Internships!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 15, 2016
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, Cause 4 Life

Cause 4 Life Webpages Have a New Look
Cause 4 Life Global Missions and Internships is starting the New Year with a fresh new look! For the last eight years, Cause 4 Life has strived to influence students and young professionals through hands-on disability ministry training and education inspired from God’s Word. Through summer internship programs and international mission trips, many eyes and hearts have been opened to the desperate need to reach those affected by disability with love, compassion, and hope that flow from a relationship with God. Cause 4 Life leadership has seen the fruit that comes from interns who grow in a ministry of compassion towards others. Interns have...

"Retreat Has Been an Oasis for Our Family"

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 12, 2016
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  • Family Retreats

The Tillman Family at Joni and Friends Family RetreatFamilies come in need of spiritual strength and encouragement at Family Retreat. Jeris and Natalia Tillman found just that. “This time together at Family Retreat, has been much needed, beneficial, and a time of healing for our family,” Jeris told us. When the Tillman family first arrived to Retreat, they didn’t know what to expect or how people would react to Titus, their 7-year old son with autism. Would others accept Titus or stare at him when he had a meltdown? Would their feelings of exhaustion and isolation be magnified in this new environment? These were just some questions that filled their minds. Instead, their Retreat experience was filled with encouragement and acceptance from others. “We felt so comfortable and didn’t have to explain...

It's "Heart for the Disabled" Week!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 11, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, Radio

Heart for the DisabledEvery year, we meet so many families whose everyday lives are impacted by disability: weary single-moms who worry about making ends meet, siblings who patiently help their brother with autism, grandparents who lovingly care for a baby with neonatal withdrawal ... Families that need encouragement from Christians like you. And it’s why at the start of the year, we select five families affected by disability to be the recipients of “Hearts for the Disabled.” You can participate by sending a Valentine’s...

Family Retreat Registration Opens January 12!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 6, 2016
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  • Family Retreats

STM and camper at Family RetreatWhy do special needs families call Family Retreat “a slice of heaven?” Because Jesus is everywhere – and with Him comes hope and joy! And at Retreat, everything’s possible because everything’s accessible! Save the Date… on Tuesday, January 12, Family Retreat registration opens for the 2016 season. Visit our Family Retreat page to view the Retreat schedule and learn what it’s like to attend as a family or serve as a Short-Term Missionary. And if you know of a special needs family who could be blessed by attending, pass on the information! These...

When you feel like a "burden"

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 5, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

When you feel like a "burden"Happy New Year! And no, I do not mean it as a cliché — I really do pray that this new year will be one of God’s abundant blessings for your life ... blessings of joy, peace, hope, and increased strength and trust in the Lord. I know I need it! With my age and almost 50 years spent sitting in a wheelchair, life isn’t getting any easier. And it’s likely you, too, struggle with your own challenges: arthritis that makes your work harder, a son who has drifted away from the Lord, a marriage that has more “lows” than “highs,” or...

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