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Global Access Conference 2015 Advances the Worldwide Disability Ministry Movement

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 12, 2015
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, International

Joni Eareckson Tada speaking at Global Access Conference 2015Conference attendees at Global Access 2015
In February, Joni and Friends hosted the first Global Access Conference, with 1,000 attendees traveling to southern California from 54 countries and 39 states. Speakers Joni Eareckson Tada, Nick Vujicic, Lon Solomon, and Dr. Charles Ware set the tone for a joyful, Spirit-filled week. Pastors, educators, and lay people from all around the world attended workshops and round table discussions. Together, they forged ...

The CA Assisted Suicide Bill Is Put On Hold

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 9, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

Against Assisted SuicideNot long ago I asked you to pray with me against the advancement of the “End of Life Option Act” (SB128). Well, recent news report that this proposal to allow physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients in California has been put on hold. Thanks to...

The Family of God

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 8, 2015
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  • Cause 4 Life

Cause 4 Life intern serving in MexicoOutside of the Church of God in Mexico, a rusted bronze sign reads “Family of God.” God’s family, which extends beyond country borders, is bringing disability ministry to new levels in Mexico. Recently, the Highlands Church and Sierra Vista Church from Arizona partnered with our Cause 4 Life Arizona Academy interns to kick off Church of God’s disability ministry through serving at VBS. The journey began with the realization of a need. This past Sunday, Pastor Tad preached on the need for disability ministry in the community, and our Cause 4 Life interns were privileged to witness fifty church members step forward for training. Following the service, the interns visited almost a dozen homes, encouraging families to attend the VBS. God blessed their efforts—two hundred children attended the VBS, including twenty-five with special needs! Our...

Need Some Pin-spiration? Share Our Joni and Friends Memes!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 2, 2015
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  • In the Media

Joni Eareckson Tada Meme - He has chosen not to heal me, but to hold me. The more intense the pain, the closer His embrace."Here’s a great way to introduce your friends to the ministry of Joni and Friends or brighten their day with an encouraging quote. This month, we’re pinning inspirational memes on Pinterest! Follow Joni and Friends to access all of our memes (just like the one you see here), then repin them on your Pinterest page… or you can copy them to share on any of your social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram)! Follow Joni and Friends on Pinterest and start pinning today! If you don’t have a Pinterest account, visit the Joni and Friends page and click “Join Pinterest” to register.

A Boost of Excitement and Encouragement

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 30, 2015
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  • Cause 4 Life

MMA East InternsTwelve days into their internship and our Cause 4 Life East Coast team have made friendships that will last a lifetime. These girls have discovered that no matter where they go—at their internship, hotel, or on the DC metro—God has brought people across their paths to bring excitement and encouragement. In this short amount of time, our team has been blessed with many opportunities to serve alongside wonderful adults and children at McLean Bible Church (MBC). Next, they are preparing to minister to special needs children at Jill’s House. As she looked back over her time at MBC, Nancy said, “I do not even know where to begin describing this week… we are so grateful for this opportunity to serve Christ’s kingdom and grow closer to the Lord.” One of...

First a Wheelchair from You... Now She's Sharing the Gospel!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 24, 2015
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  • Wheels For The World

Ionila receiving her wheelchair from Wheels for the WorldHave you ever wondered, “How does a wheelchair really make a difference?” or “How can God use a wheelchair to advance His Kingdom?” Meet Ionila from Romania, and you’ll see how!
1. A Wheelchair, Provided by You
Ionila lives in an orphanage in Romania. For this young girl, the future held little hope… until she was taken to a Wheels for the World outreach where she received her very own wheelchair and a Gospel bracelet! “I feel like God’s princess on a throne!” Ionila told us.
2. You Opened the Door to God’s Word
Shortly after she received her new wheelchair, Ionila was able to attend a Joni and Friends International Family Retreat. There, she experienced God’s love from our Short Term Missionaries (STMs) who went to serve the families during the week. Best of all, Ionila learned more about Jesus, finding spiritual refreshment during morning devotions, moments of fellowship, worship and ...

Cause 4 Life: Climbing Walls Together

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 22, 2015
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  • Cause 4 Life

Cause 4 Life team in ChinaFor twelve days, our Cause 4 Life team in China served at the Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village, where more than sixty children thrive in a loving atmosphere. Our interns assisted the staff with a field day, assessments for children with disabilities, and simple acts of service. But what marked this group of girls who had never previously met was their unity, especially the team’s support for their fellow intern Elizabeth. Despite her wheelchair, Elizabeth was determined to climb the Great Wall of China. She hadn’t walked since she was a teenager, but she took a step of faith, and the entire team and children’s home staff pitched in to help. One young man pushed Elizabeth’s chair up hills...

Proposed Cuts Will Affect Special-Needs Families

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 19, 2015
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  • In the Media

Stand up for Special-Needs FamiliesAs they say, "As California goes, so goes the country." It's why disability advocates across the nation are up-in-arms about proposed budget cuts to critical services that support young people with developmental disabilities. The structure is about to collapse in California, an omen for other states facing budget cuts. Our own Steve Bundy, vice president of Christian Institute on Disability, has written a thoughtful response, showing how this crisis in California will soon impact needful services for people with disabilities in other states. Read Steve Bundy's article for all the details, and please join us in prayer as Gov. Jerry Brown meets with lawmakers today to discuss ways to increase funding for developmental disability services in the state of California.

Cancer-Free!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 18, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

Ken and Joni giving a thumbs upEarlier this week I had my final PET scan in my five-year treatment program since undergoing surgery in June, 2010 to remove stage III breast cancer. Ken and I just received results from the scan, and it shows "no evidence of disease." I've now reached the five-year mark, and my oncologist has declared me cancer-free! Honestly, I feel stronger and healthier now than when I was first diagnosed in late June, 2010. As you'd guess, I've been singing praise hymns all day, just like the healed man in Luke 17:15, who "… when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a LOUD voice." THANK you for your many prayers for my healing – it means I can continue to do the work God is called me to do, and so much more! Hallelujah!

Wheels for the World in Cuba

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 17, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, Wheels For The World

Doors for the Gospel are opening up in Cuba as never before. This brief video of our recent Wheels for the World distribution in Cuba was broadcast on Cuban National Television – they even mentioned that Joni and Friends is a Christian ministry. I'm so grateful to God that we can not only deliver wheelchairs in Cuba, but distribute Bibles and introduce special-needs families to Jesus Christ! Even if you don't know...

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