Joni and Friends Blog

Family Retreat: Chinese Style

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 22, 2011
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  • Family Retreats

talent show at a family retreat in chinaThe highlight of every Family Retreat is usually Talent Night where kids with disabilities have a chance to shine – and our recent International Family Retreat in China was no exception. There were plenty of tears in the audience as parents were overwhelmed watching their special-needs children perform for the first time (with several children with autism finding their 'voice' for the first time, too)! Gospel seeds were firmly planted at this Family Retreat, so please join us...

Class is in Session!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 19, 2011
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  • Christian Institute on Disability

beyond suffering coursebeyond suffering course
This week, we are hosting 31 leaders in town to take our "Beyond Suffering: Perspectives on Theology and Disability Ministry" class. The students include our Joni and Friends Field staff, representatives from Indiana Wesleyan University, the Evangelical Free church, and more -- we even have a few Canadians joining in. Once they complete the course, these leaders will be able to go home and create Sunday School curriculum, leadership training, and small group Bible studies from the "Beyond Suffering" material...

What Does "Pro-Life" Mean?

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 14, 2011
  • 11 Comments
  • In the Media

joni eareckson tadaJoni and Friends is always looking for ways to promote a biblical worldview on disability, especially in the national marketplace of secular ideas. That’s why we’re pleased that the Huffington Post is highlighting an op-ed piece written by our own Joni Eareckson Tada. Joni consulted with our Joni and Friends' Christian Institute on Disability and came up with what we think is a challenging pro-life perspective on critical issues currently affecting the elderly and disabled...

People Who Inspire Joni: Kristyn Getty

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 13, 2011
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kristyn and joni in the chapel at the international disability centerKristyn Getty and her husband Keith have been at the forefront of the modern hymn movement over the past decade demonstrating the ability to successfully bridge the gap between the traditional and contemporary. Ken and I first met the Gettys at a National Religious Broadcaster’s Convention when, on the spur-of-the-moment, we gathered to sing hymns at a reception – before long, scores of broadcasters joined in to harmonize. After that, the four of us became fast friends. Keith and Kristyn have visited the Joni and Friends International Disability Center and performed (with their band) for our staff – during their visit, Kristyn and I visited the IDC chapel to share a few songs together. My favorite album of theirs? “Awaken the Dawn”!

This Week in El Salvador!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 13, 2011
  • 3 Comments
  • Christian Institute on Disability, Family Retreats

ken tada and veronica hache at fitting a young boy with a new wheelchairRight now, a team from our Joni and Friends’ Christian Institute on Disability is in El Salvador, teaching at the Evangelical University of El Salvador – they are leading a class of 90 pastors and 120 students in our Beyond Suffering ...

Joni's E-Devotionals: A Heartwarming Story!

Woman reading e devotionalMandy, a subscriber to Joni's e-devotional, wrote, “My husband and I read the devotions sent from this site as part of our morning ritual. He was deployed for a year to Afghanistan, and being able to read those devotions each day together made us feel not so far away from each other… We are so very thankful for your service to the Lord, that has heaped encouragement upon encouragement not only to us, but to all the lives your ministry has encountered. Thank you, Mandy.” Joni’s three award-winning devotional books inspire readers around the world– Diamonds in the Dust, More Precious than Silver, and Pearls of Great Price. You can enjoy the same rich insights from God's Word with Joni’s free e-devotionals – it’s the same great content, only in electronic form sent every morning to your computer, phone, or iPad. Christ-centered encouragement is yours for the asking – sign up today!

Family Retreats go Canadian!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 6, 2011
  • 1 Comment
  • Family Retreats

chantal riding a raft on a lakeOur neighbor-nation recently held its first Family Retreat –one family arrived with three children with Down syndrome, but experienced a fresh touch from the Savior, along with all the other families. Even the residents of a nearby mobile-home park...

Finding the Father's Love… In Thailand!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 3, 2011
  • 1 Comment
  • Wheels For The World

orapin in her new wheelchairorapin in her wheelchair receiving a bookOrapin and her 10-year-old daughter, Dear who has cerebral palsy, live in the mountains of Thailand. Orapin looked everywhere for help until at a tiny village hospital in northern Thailand, they told her about our Wheels for the World team. “Go there,” they said, “they will show you love.” So Orapin packed up Dear and traveled through the night to reach our Wheels team. As a wheelchair was fitted for Dear, the Gospel and a Thai Bible was shared with her mother. It was the first time Orapin and her daughter heard about a loving Heavenly Father (in her culture, “fatherhood” is a harsh concept...

Our Wheels for the World Warden's Conference

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 26, 2011
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  • Wheels For The World

Wardens from our partner prisons came to the IDC last week for a special conference – these are the wardens who have chosen Wheels for the World as an educational/ works program for their inmates. They told us the men love working on our wheelchairs. Last weekend we finished up our conference covering best practices, safety, team building, and our new ‘universal foot pedal’ for the wheelchairs. We were especially blessed when the supervisor for the Wheels shop at Angola Prison in Louisiana presented a check for our outreach (the inmates all chipped in). Doug Mazza, president of Joni and Friends...

People Who Inspire Joni: Ron DiCianni

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 25, 2011
  • 3 Comments

joni and ron holding up a painting his has given to joniRon DiCianni is a Christian artist who has illustrated not only several of my children’s books, but has provided art for scores of other Christian books by other authors – he’s an amazing oil painter whose Christian themes are easily recognized by many believers. Ron’s paintings are prized by thousands of art collectors throughout the world. An illustrator for twenty-five years, has dedicated his talents solely to the task of proclaiming the Good News. His passion is to renew visual arts in the church – he recently completed a 40’ long mural of Christ’s resurrection for the Museum of Biblical Arts in Dallas (my friends and I had a chance to visit his studio and see the huge painting before it was shipped to Dallas). Ron is a wonderful friend and a dear brother in Christ – if your travels ever bring you to Dallas, visit the museum and enjoy a close-up look at this widely acclaimed oil painting of the resurrection of our Savior. In this picture, Ron is presenting me with a gift of his painting “Divine Healing” which now hangs in the International Disability Center.

 

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