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Experience Family Retreat in Thailand

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 8, 2016
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  • International

IFR Thailand AttendeeWhat does a disability look like overseas? For parents and grandparents in countries like Ghana, Romania, and Mexico who care for children with disabilities, life can be very hard. Providing care with few resources while confronting social stigma can be a heavy burden to carry. But they don’t have to do it alone — actually, Galatians 6:2 tells us they should not have to carry it alone; As Christians, we are called to “carry each other’s burdens, and in that way, we fulfill the law of Christ.” Through International Family Retreats, families with special needs find respite, fun, and fellowship in an environment that is safe and welcoming. It’s what families in Thailand experienced last year at our International Family Retreat held in Chiang Mai. And you, too, can get a bit of a “taste” of Family Retreats overseas by watching this wonderful video. But don’t just whet your appetite, experience it for yourself by volunteering at an International Family Retreat this year. Just click here to learn more.

Cause 4 Life Uganda Mission

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 7, 2016
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  • Cause 4 Life

Cause 4 Life Uganda MissionIn the heart of Uganda’s capital city of Kampala is a school full of some of the brightest smiles in the country. The children a the school spend their mornings in the classroom and the afternoons playing outside. And with a life so simple, you might not wonder about those smiles, except that each child has a disability. The haven for these special needs children shelters them from a society that detests...

Live It Out Contest Winners

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 3, 2016
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  • Wheels For The World

Ebenezer receiving the 100,000 wheelchair from Wheels for the WorldLast fall, to kick off our online campaign: Live It Out: 100,000 by 2020, we invited you to join our Live It Out Contest and help send more wheelchairs to kids living with disability all over the world through your personal campaign page. Congratulations to our top three 2015 fundraisers who each received a gift basket ($100 in value)!

Marie Morris (Bondurant, IA) $1,750
Carla Walendowsky (San Diego, CA) $720
Michael Hansen (Fort Worth, TX) $530

If you’d like to start a fundraising effort and live out your faith, follow these simple steps:
1. Visit the Live It Out campaign page.
2. Start your fundraising effort with a personal...

Your Prayers Gave the Greatest Gift of All

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 29, 2016
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  • Wheels For The World

Emmanuel receiving a restored wheelchair form Joni and FriendsThousands of children with disabilities in developing countries like Romania, urgently need kid sized wheelchairs, yet they are in critically short supply and very expensive. Wheelchairs sometimes cost up to a year’s salary, which most families with special needs children cannot afford. Recently our Joni and Friends Wheels for the World team met 9-year-old Emmanuel at our wheelchair distribution. Your support and prayers gave Emmanuel a Bible in his own language and a beautiful Joni and Friends restored wheelchair perfect for his needs. His mother shared with us that as she watched our volunteer physical therapist work on her son’s wheelchair, she was deeply moved. “You care so much about every detail—I’ve never seen anyone care about my son to this degree. This kind of care can only come from God. Only God loves like this.” Thanks to your partnership and prayers, God came close to Emmanuel and his family that day...

Signups Open for 2016 International Family Retreats!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 25, 2016
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  • Family Retreats, International

Serve with us at a 2016 International Family Retreat!
At International Family Retreat, families living with disability find spiritual nourishment and community that is so often in short supply—especially in developing nations. Join us as we serve beyond borders with in-country partners to strengthen families with the love and hope of the Gospel. "In Ghana, many people believe that disability is a curse from God. But over the course of a Family Retreat, perspectives change as each family hears, straight from God’s word, the truth...

Why Give a Wheelchair?

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 22, 2016
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  • Wheels For The World

8-year-old Andrea in her new pediatric wheelchiar, with her parentsTo declare the Gospel and to demonstrate Jesus’ love. Eight-year-old Andrea was born with cerebral palsy. Abandoned by her parents when she was just 5 months old, Andrea was raised by her grandparents. They worry about her future and work hard to provide for all her needs but struggle to make ends meet. Andrea needs a wheelchair but her grandparents will never be able to afford one. They leave her on the floor alone when they go to work in the cornfields for a couple hours. “There is no one to look after her and we worry very much,” Andrea’s grandfather told us. But everything changed at a recent Wheels for the World distribution in Guatemala. Andrea received a brand-new Joni and Friends pediatric wheelchair that fit her perfectly. It is a gift that will bring her into the light and sunshine once again and display the love God has for her. She will now be able to...

Summer Internships at Joni and Friends!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 16, 2016
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, Cause 4 Life

Cause 4 Life Foundation InternsSummer internships can be a great way to keep busy during summer break. Cause 4 Life has welcomed many interns from around the world, both abled and disabled, to serve the disability community. Together, they represent a beautiful picture of Christ’s body at work to impact the Kingdom of God. If you have a love for people with disabilities, then you should definitely check out the Cause 4 Life Global Missions and Internships page! There you will find many opportunities to serve people affected by disability all over the world, and learn of God’s heart for the broken and suffering. Apply today for a Foundation Summer Internship and be a part of a team of interns making an impact in disabled communities all over the world, as they exemplify God’s love...

Does Your Employer Have a Matching Gift Program?

Maximize your impact with the help of your employer
Many companies have a matching gift program. You give an amount and they’ll give the same. All you have to do is ask. You can double the impact of your donation and send the Gospel to even more children and adults living with disability. Maximize your gift today! 1. CONNECT with your employer’s HR department to find out...

5,000 wheelchairs restored Arizona State Prison!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 10, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

Arizona State PrisonEvery year, our Wheels for the World teams travel to countries like India, El Salvador, China and Ghana — providing wheelchairs and Bibles to adults and children with disabilities. Hundreds of thousands have received the gift of mobility and the hope of Jesus, but none of it could be done without the help of prisoners...

You’re Changing Hearts and Lives in Cuba 

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 9, 2016
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  • Wheels For The World

Javier with his motherIn Cuba, 9-year-old Javier and his mother came to a recent Joni and Friends Wheels for the World outreach in need of a wheelchair and left with much more. Wheelchairs are very expensive and difficult to get. As a wheelchair for Javier was custom fit for his body by our volunteer physical therapist, Javier smiled and told us, “I’m very happy you’re giving me a wheelchair… I feel so special!” As Javier’s mother watched, she was filled with joy for her son. “This wheelchair is a gift from your Heavenly Father,” we told her. Immediately she crumbled in tears. “I am so alone… there is no one I can turn to.” Maria and Javier heard the Gospel and were introduced to a pastor. A connection was made with a local church and Javier and his mom will now have a Christian community to support them and show them the love of Christ. Your gifts of a...

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