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#JAF35years Instagram Contest!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 8, 2014
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#JAF35years Instagram ContestThis year, Joni and Friends is celebrating 35 years of ministry to people affected by disability! During the month of January, we’re inviting you to share your favorite Joni and Friends ministry moments via Instagram, with a chance to win a Joni and Friends BPA free tumbler and warm fleece blanket! (It is cold out there!) Between January 8 and January 24, Instagram your favorite original Joni and Friends photo(s) – this could be a photo from a Wheels for the World outreach, a Family Retreat activity, volunteering at your local Area Ministry, or simply a photo of your favorite Joni and Friends newsletter. Be creative! To enter, 1) follow @JoniandFriends on your public Instagram account, and 2) share a photo that represents your favorite Joni and Friends moment along with #JAF35years, our 35th anniversary hashtag. Each day that you post a Joni and Friends photo with #JAF35years you’ll be entered to win! The top 3 photos will be posted to the Joni and Friends blog on 1/27 and the winning...

Aaron Virgil: From Active Snowboarder to Quadriplegic

Aaron Virgil was an active young man. If he wasn’t hiking, he was driving down the coast on his bike; other times you might find him target shooting or working out. But his favorite sport? Snowboarding. It’s why when he obtained a new job position, Aaron knew snowboarding was the perfect way to celebrate. And so, he put on his gear and headed down the slopes. But that day Aaron lost control of a turn and collided with a tree, leaving him a ventilator-dependant, quadriplegic. Life has greatly changed for Aaron—and for his family. (You can hear more about Aaron’s story through this short video.) Because when disability hits unexpectedly, it’s hard to adjust. What’s more, often times newly disabled men and women lose hope during this time of transition. But the Bible tells us there is hope. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you...

Happy Anniversary to You, Ministry Partners!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 3, 2014
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  • Wheels For The World

Ninived in her new pediatric wheelchair from Wheels for the WorldJust weeks ago, your prayer launched a Wheels for the World team into a rugged area high in the Andes Mountains of Peru. The team arrived on the very day that a city-wide March for Jesus was taking place. Over 2,000 people heard for the first time about God’s love for people with disabilities. Among them were Sarah and her 5-year old daughter Ninived, who was born with cerebral palsy. “We heard a story from the Bible about a man who gave a banquet,” said Sarah. “The man told his servants to go out quickly and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame so that his house would be full.” Sarah continued, “We were told by Joni and Friends that we were welcome to come and receive the love of Jesus and the help you came to share with us.” Little Ninived received her first wheelchair the very next day. Ninved’s face beamed! Sarah rejoiced! “The Lord has done a miracle and provided this wheelchair for us through you.” In 1979, God gave Joni and Friends a mission taken straight out of Luke 14: “Go quickly! Bring them in!” Thirty-five years later, you are helping advance that...

Thank You for 35 Years of Ministry!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 1, 2014
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Joni and Friends celebrates 35 Years of MinistryHappy New Year! 2014 is the beginning of an exciting anniversary year at Joni and Friends! We’re so thankful for you, our faithful partners in ministry. How mightily God uses you to reach into the lives of people with disabilities – bringing them hope, help, and new life in Christ! This month, please follow our blog to see what God is doing to expand your reach even further, as we press forward together into the next 35 years and beyond…

Joni's 2014 Planner

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 27, 2013
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Joni's 2014 PlannerHave you ordered your 2014 Planner? Don’t wait… order your copy of Joni’s 2014 Planner while supplies last! Along with month-at-a-glance and weekly pages, you’ll find scriptures, devotions, space for journaling and prayer lists, plus 2 handy pocket pages. And each purchase you make helps someone with a disability by funding Joni and Friends ministry programs. Hurry, order your copy today!

Christmas Joy

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 23, 2013
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  • Radio, Video Archives

Joni sharing Christmas JoyDo you have a special Christmas memory? Watch as Joni shares a joyful (and humorous) memory from Christmas 1968, 18 months following her paralyzing accident. And after you watch, please share one of your favorite Christmas memories!

President Doug Mazza on Hour of Power 

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 20, 2013
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Doug Mazza speaking to groupThis weekend on the Hour of Power television show, Joni and Friends President, Doug Mazza, will be interviewed by Bobby Schuller. You can tune in Saturday, December 21 or Sunday, December 22 to catch the broadcast online or check your local listings to see when the Hour of Power is schedule to air in your area. 

Serve with Wheels for the World in Central America!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 18, 2013
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  • International, Wheels For The World

Girl receiving wheelchair at Wheels for the World outreachAre you a Physical or Occupational Therapist looking for ways to serve in 2014? Joni and Friends has an immediate need for Seating Therapists to serve at our Central American Wheels for the World outreaches in February. Partner with us to bring the precious gift of mobility to people with disability in El Salvador (February 11 - 23) or in the Dominican Republic (February 28 - March 8)! Follow the links to learn more about these outreaches and apply today!

Ministry and Missions Academy East Coast

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 17, 2013
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, Cause 4 Life

Intern serving at MMAWe love to see people picking up the cause to minister to individuals and families affected by disability in their churches and communities. And it’s always a delight to find a church or ministry that sees the impact that can be made by showering God’s love on those viewed as ‘the least of these.’ Jill’s House and McLean Bible church are two such warriors for the Gospel! Cause 4 Life Global Missions and Internships is honored to partner with both of these ministries in a new Ministry and Missions Academy on the East Coast. Located in Virginia, the Academy interns will have the chance to work alongside staff and volunteers at Jill’s House, providing care and respite for families affected by disability. Additionally, interns will have an opportunity to see an exemplary model of disability ministry at McLean Bible...

How To Think Positive This Christmas

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 16, 2013
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Christmas… the season for pie baking, gift shopping, tree decorating, and ice-skating. But what if your arthritic hands can no longer detangle Christmas lights? What if your paralyzed legs restrain you from skating on ice? Or your aging eyes can no longer read your classic family recipe? If this Christmas, you find yourself wishing you could do more or have more, you’re not alone. When Joni was first injured, she wrestled with many of these real, day-to-day struggles of being disabled over the holidays. But friend, you don’t have to be in a wheelchair to feel like you’re missing out during the Christmas season. With Christmas sales galore, holiday parties everywhere, and family photos that look like they’re straight out of Parents Magazine … it’s easy to feel left out. It’s why Joni would like to share with you how, rather than focusing on what you don’t have, you can focus on all that God has given you this Christmas: His precious Son, Jesus. So, take a moment to watch this short, Christmas video greeting from Joni and then, share it...

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