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Go-ers and Send-ers Share Hope Overflowing (Part 2)

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 31, 2014
  • Family Retreats

Ernest became a friend and mentor to Chris at Family Retreat.Ernest was paired as an STM for Chris, a recent college graduate. With Ernest’s mentorship, Chris began to dream about a possible career path in outdoor education. “Chris and I are praying together every day and we’re watching amazing things unfold,” said Ernest. “I’ve made new friends this week and am helping with sports and recreation,” Chris shared, “It’s awesome how God has opened doors for me this week!”

Kai and LilyLily wants her family to impact others with God’s love. Leading by example, Lily served as an STM to little Kai, who has Down syndrome. Lily’s younger daughter, Melodie, was a buddy to Kai’s sister. “Joni and Friends works with the whole family – not just the person with the disability,” Lily discovered. “Family Retreat has given us the opportunity to share Christ’s love by giving families the gift of respite,” she shared. “It’s beautiful.”

Would you like to serve with us in 2015? Learn more about being an STM at Family Retreat!

Go-ers and Send-ers Share Hope Overflowing (Part 1)

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 27, 2014
  • Family Retreats

Wang family serving at Family RetreatWhether you’re praying at home or serving at an outreach, God is using you to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ – and His “hope overflowing” – to thousands of disabled people. Meet the Wang family, who volunteered as Short Term Missionaries at Family Retreat this summer … and in the process of serving, each member of the family found “hope overflowing” in their lives, too! “Family Retreat is a week for our family with a special purpose,” explained husband and father, Ernest Wang. “We are here to be of service to others, giving ourselves over to whatever God puts before us. God opened the door to Family Retreat for my family this summer, and we were all inspired to be obedient to His call. We said ‘Yes!’ to everything, even before we knew the details...

Children with Disabilities and Bullying

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 23, 2014
  • Disability Awareness, Radio

Heather and SaraThis week, Joni's been talking about bullying and it's because October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Although many children are bullied, those with disabilities or special needs are at higher risk. According to a study published in 2013 by the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 38% of children with autism are bullied. And of those children, 69% end up traumatized and 8% were physically...

Nick Vujicic Speaks on Bullying

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 20, 2014
  • 1 Comment
  • Radio

Nick Vujicic Speaks on BullyingSometimes, children can be mean. Most of us have all experienced bullying or teasing at some point in our lives, especially as kids. Maybe you were called a "nerd," or made fun of because of your buck teeth; some pointed at your pimples or joked about your name. It’s incredible how some kids will find anything to pick on when it comes to a peer who is different—especially when that difference shows up in a...

Global Access 2015: Add Your Voice

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 17, 2014
  • In the Media, Christian Institute on Disability, International

Have you registered? Between February 17–20, 2015, join as disability leaders, ministers, educators and world changers unite to share disability ministry experiences. Learn how you can effectively promote disability ministry in the Christian community! You won’t want to miss speakers Joni Eareckson Tada, John Stonestreet, Nick Vujicic, and many more! Add your voice to the conversation:

A Dignified Death?

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 14, 2014
  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

pillsLike many, my heart broke when I recently watched Brittany Maynard's video in which she outlined her plans to die through physician-assisted suicide. No one – absolutely no one – welcomes the pain that dealing with a terminal disease invariably brings, and it's clear that this young woman is firm in her convictions. But if I could park my wheelchair beside her, I would tell her how the love of Jesus has sustained me through my chronic pain, quadriplegia and cancer. I don't want her to wake up on the other side of her tombstone only to face a dark, grim existence without life and joy; that is, without God. There's only one Person who has transformed the landscape of life-after-death, and that is Jesus, the One who conquered the grave and opened the path to life eternal. Three grams of Phenobarbital in the veins will only provide a temporary reprieve. It is not the answer for the most important passage of her life. The hours are ticking away...

A Lesson from Joni's Father

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 14, 2014
  • Radio, Video Archives

Drawing of Joni's fatherToday, Joni Eareckson Tada is a famous mouth artist with works of art ranging from sketches to oil paintings, pastels and more. Her love for art began as a child, when as a little girl she would sit at the feet of her father, John Eareckson, watching him work at his easel. He would lift Joni up on his knee, take his big hand around hers, and together they would grab a brush and sweep and swirl colors across a canvas...

Don't Miss Joni's 65th Birthday Twitter Party!

Joni's 65th Birthday Twitter PartyThis year, Joni is celebrating her birthday on Twitter! On October 15, Joni’s 65th birthday, you are invited to join her online birthday party. Between 11am-12pm PST, Joni will be chatting with you live on the Joni and Friends Twitter account (@JoniandFriends)! She’ll be sharing her favorite birthday memories, answering your questions, and asking a few Joni and Friends trivia questions. Join the party and you’ll have a chance to win one of the special prizes she'll be offering throughout the hour... a signed copy of her new book Beside Bethesda, Christmas cards, Joni's 2015 Planner, gift cards and more! Be sure to follow @JoniandFriends on Twitter and use the hashtag #HappyBdayJoni during the party to be eligible for one of the prizes! We look forward to celebrating together God’s faithfulness to Joni over the past 65 years!

Reaching a Mother's Heart

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 9, 2014
  • Wheels For The World

Wang sitting in her wheelchair next to her husband10 years ago, Wang had a back tumor. She had surgery but doctors could only remove part of it. Several years later, Wang and her husband dearly desired to have a baby. The doctor warned her that a growing fetus could press against the tumor that remained in her back. The risk of paralysis was high, but Wang and her husband wanted a child so much. Wang soon became pregnant and the doctor's prediction was correct: as the child grew within her, Wang slowly became paralyzed. By the time her baby boy was born, Wang was a paraplegic… but her baby was perfect. For 8 years, Wang has not walked. As she waited for a wheelchair at our Wheels for the World outreach in China, she was filled with joy. “Now I can take a walk with my son, I can go with him to the...

Every Volunteer Makes a Difference

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 6, 2014
  • Wheels For The World

Donna serving with Wheels for the World in UgandaYour desire to serve people with disabilities can take you anywhere–near or far. For years, Donna Stover has been using her skills as a physical therapist to serve people with disabilities in developing nations through Joni and Friends Wheels for the World. For Donna, serving and learning from people with disabilities is deeply fulfilling. On a recent outreach to Uganda, she fit a wheelchair for a young boy named Jordan. Said Jordan’s father, “The wheelchair means a lot to me – but it means much more to Jordan. Thank you for giving Jordan the full life God has planned for him!” It’s moments like these that keep Donna coming back to serve with Wheels for the World. Volunteering provides her with the opportunity to help others and change lives in the name of Christ. “It is such an honor to use my skills for Jesus and to see people’s reaction of gratitude.” Don’t miss out! Consider volunteering with Joni and Friends! “Pray about it!” is Donna’s wise advice. “Don’t be afraid of what you’re not familiar with. God wants us to get out of our comfort zone. There will always be things that cause you to hesitate, but when you hear the Holy Spirit calling… go!”

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