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Serving 19 Years And Counting!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 1, 2015
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  • Wheels For The World

Dana Croxton serving with Wheels for the World,,,19 years and counting!Your life is a testimony to others. When you choose to serve people with disabilities, others notice. Meet Dana Croxton, a living testimony of what can happen when Jesus uses you to serve others. For 19 years, Dana’s been using his skills as a mechanic to serve people with disabilities. He’s also passing on the torch and teaching others to do the same through Joni and Friends Wheels for the World. Before Dana learned about the Wheels for the World ministry at a conference in 1996, he felt empty and searched for real purpose in his life. But after learning about Wheels, he knew he’d found his calling. Dana dedicated the rest of his life to serving people with disabilities. Dana’s newly discovered calling was now a testimony to others as he traveled to dozens of developing countries including Cuba, Uganda...

Register Now! Hope in the Midst of Suffering Conference

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 29, 2015
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  • Christian Institute on Disability

Hope in the Midst of Suffering ConferenceIt’s not too late to register for the Hope in the Midst of Suffering Conference! This October 16-17, please join us at Indiana Wesleyan University as we explore ways to bring hope to communities of hurting people around the world. With presentations and workshops delivered by experts, you’ll receive theological and practical knowledge, and resources to build up your leadership and ministerial skills. You’ll be equipped and empowered to answer the call in Luke 14 and minister to people have been marginalized.

Register today to hear from ministry experts Joni Eareckson Tada, Steve Bundy, and more!

Beautiful Orthodoxy

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 24, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

Ken and JoniAs we grow older, or a family member ages or sustains a life-altering disability, we’re often quick to say, “I don’t want to be a burden.” And with 48 years of quadriplegia, I’m the first to confess that thought has crossed my mind. But when it comes to families — especially Christian families — it’s our calling to depend upon one another. In a society that boasts individualism, the Christian family can showcase sacrificial service to the world. God designed my disability not to make me “independent,” but “interdependent.” That’s the beauty...

Five Myths About Starting a Disability Ministry

a boy smiling and hugging his friends with disabilityDisability ministry is a ministry for everyone, but you may feel overwhelmed when it comes to starting your own. Do you feel like you just don’t have the resources or the expertise to get started? You don’t need to feel that way! Disability ministry doesn’t require a degree in Special Education –just a willing heart to serve! Take a look as we debunk five myths about starting a disability ministry, then learn how Joni and Friends can help equip you and your church to serve people affected by disability...

A Win for Religious Liberties

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

A Win for Religious LibertiesYesterday, a federal appeals court ruled that the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) violates the rights of religiously affiliated employers by forcing them to provide contraceptive coverage, despite a government subsidy that pays for the treatment. The ruling, by the Eighth Circuit...

Hope in the Midst of Suffering Conference

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 15, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

Hope 2015Christ calls His Church to bring hope to Communities of hurting people around the world. We see it in Luke 14, where Jesus says, “Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full.” There is still room in God’s house — and it’s the Church’s mission to reach out to those who are hurting and marginalized. It’s why I encourage you, dear Christian, to join me this coming October 16-17 at Indiana Wesleyan University for the “Hope in the Midst of Suffering Conference” where I will be speaking on this very important topic. You’ll have the opportunity to attend workshops by experts in the field and network with others who share your passion for reaching the underserved. Learn more and register today because together, we can bring hope to those who suffer.

God's Power Restores Families – Through You!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 12, 2015
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  • Family Retreats

Ake Family at Joni and Friends Family RetreatAlexa and Lizzie in the pool at Family Retreat
There’s no doubt about it. Families that live with disability need hope, peace, and freedom in Jesus Christ! That’s exactly what they find at Family Retreats! Whether it’s exciting camp activities, dynamic worship, or life-changing Bible teaching, families are rejuvenated with freedom in Christ! Meet the Ake family – David, Jamie, Lizzie (who has spina bifida), and Alexa – who attended Family Retreat this summer. Freedom from worry. “The first day, it was extremely difficult to let Lizzie go,” Jamie told us. “She’s never been away from us, on her own. I was able to...

Joni's Christmas Cards Are Here!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 8, 2015
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  • What's New in Our Store

Joni Eareckson Tada's Let Us Adore Him Christmas CardJoni's 2015 Christmas Cards are now available and you won't want to miss out on her brand new designs! In Let Us Adore Him, an angel and two shepherd boys look toward the manger in whispered amazement. Here, Joni’s whimsical design captures the awe and anticipation of the Savior’s birth. On the card’s artistic interior, the message reads: “May this Spirit-blessed season be filled with joyous reflection on all the Father has given us in His Son… Merry Christmas!” Inside scripture is Luke 2:10. In Oh, Holy Night, silhouetted by moonlight, three wise men from the East hurry toward Bethlehem – guided by the brilliance of the night sky. Inside message: “May Jesus’ light lead you and His joy brighten your path this...

Your Support Strengthens Families

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 3, 2015
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  • Family Retreats

Miller FamilyPriscilla at Family Retreat
For John and Rebekah Miller, life is busy and full with three daughters on the go. When you add in youngest daughter Priscilla’s disability, “busy” often becomes “overwhelming,” and “full” usually feels more like “swamped.” It’s easy for these parents to feel exhausted and pushed to the limit. But at Family Retreat, this couple reconnected with God and each other—while learning some vital spiritual lessons along the way. “Disability is hard work,” said Rebekah. “It’s hard to find any moments of rest with my family or my husband. Priscilla has Down syndrome and her...

Hope in the Midst of Suffering Conference at IWU

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 1, 2015
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  • Christian Institute on Disability

Hope in the Midst of Suffering Conference
Christ calls His Church to bring hope to communities of hurting people around the world. His own earthly mission centered on the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind — the marginalized populations honored at His Banquet (Luke 14). You’re invited to explore ways in which we as Christ followers can become equipped to empower the church to minister to these hurting and marginalized communities around the world at the Hope in the Midst of Suffering Conference, October 16-17 at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN. You’ll receive theological and practical...

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