Joni and Friends Blog

A Big Part of our Ministry

Joni with Chantal and Kaitlyn in the IDC library
Our Joni and Friends intern, Chantal, has been working hard the last two months to edit and update our 30-Day JAF Prayer Manual. It's been an inspirational and an encouraging project for Chantal – and fun, too. Our staff photographer snapped these smiles yesterday as Chantal and her assistant Kaitlyn presented the completed manual to Joni (with Ivan taking down copious notes). Prayer plays a big role in all of our outreach programs. If you have a heart for prayer, please join our prayer team and help us lift up before the Lord Jesus upcoming JAF events

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We're making it more convenient for you to connect with Joni by placing her blog over in Joni's Corner – Joni tells us this will make it easier for her to get to your comments faster. Lots of other new things are happening in Joni's Corner, too: new people that inspire her, fresh prayer requests, and more frequent posting of up-to-date videos, stories, and photos. And as Joni often says, "Don't forget to see what's going on over on our Radio, TV, Wheels for the World and Family Retreat pages. God is doing awesome things through your prayers, giving, and your volunteer help (those of you who volunteer with us, thank you so much)!" Check out Joni's Corner today!

Get Ready for the National Day of Prayer!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 31, 2011
  • In the Media

May 5th and the National Day of Prayer is right around the corner, and it’s time to get your church or community organization involved. Join the more than 2 million Americans across the nation who will be gathering that day to lift the needs of their local government and the nation before the Lord. “Our country is in desperate need of prayer,” says Joni, Honorary Chair of the 2011 NDP, “and God is looking for people to pray for revival and renewal in our land.” We invite you to get a head-start on the prayer effort by posting your prayer for our nation today on the Joni and Friends’ blog!

Begin planning now for a National Day of Prayer gathering in your own town. Check out these resources to help you get started. And don’t forget to visit our NDP page on the Joni and Friends’ website for ideas on including people with disabilities. For organizing an NDP initiative, visit

Spread the Word!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 25, 2011
  • In the Media

This week the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association announced the finalists for the 2011 Christian Book Awards. Out of 226 entries of books and Bibles published in the past year, five finalists in six categories were chosen to represent Christian publishing's finest books and Bibles for 2011. We were pleased to learn this morning that Joni's newest book, A Place of Healing has been selected as a finalist in the non-fiction category. 

"Just to be a finalist is a wonderful and humbling honor," Joni said. "The selection of A Place of Healing for this year's...

Joni and Friends Receives Rare Charity Navigator "4 Star" Rating

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 23, 2011
  • 1 Comment
  • In the Media

Joni and Friends, whose vision is to accelerate Christian ministry in the disability community, has received a “4 Star” designation from Charity Navigator in recognition of sound fiscal management. Charity Navigator is a major charity evaluator in the U.S., and serves as a key resource to donors in search of essential information they need to in order to make their charitable giving decisions.

“We are pleased once again to receive such a vote of confidence from Charity Navigator, which we know many of our donors and potential donors look to for this type of information,” said Joni and Friends President and COO Doug Mazza. “While our focus remains on ministry, we recognize we can’t do that ministry without funding, so we appreciate Charity Navigator’s designation, assuring our donors that we are being good stewards of the funds with which we are entrusted.”

Pray for Japan!

Earthquakes. A tsunami. Nuclear disaster. Not since WWII has Japan suffered such devastation. And although the Fukushima nuclear complex, with its six reactors, is closer to being under control, an enormous amount of rebuilding and healing still faces the Japanese people. The recent disasters, however, may well open up unprecedented opportunities for God's people to proclaim the love of Christ, as well as portray His love through acts of mercy. This could well launch in Japan a second wave of missionary outreach, much like what occurred after WWII. Join Christians around the globe as together we pray…

In Memory of Dr. Chuck Musfeldt...

Dr. Chuck MusfeldtOur close friend and long-time board member of Joni and Friends, Dr. Chuck Musfeldt, recently lost his life in a tragic automobile accident in San Antonio. Chuck was returning home from church after a deacon’s meeting when his car was struck by a city bus that failed to stop at a red light. Chuck and his wife Linda became involved with our ministry in the early 1990’s when they served on the local board of Joni and Friends Chicago...

Joni Shares an Important Update!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 8, 2011
  • Joni's Posts, Video Archives

Watch this video to hear Joni share an important update!

Update from Joni

My First Trip in 2011...

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 25, 2011
  • Joni's Posts, Video Archives

Hi Friends…

Well, our bags are packed and we’re ready to go – my first trip for the year! Ken and I will be leaning on your prayers. Watch this video showing more details…

Doug Mazza Reports from Haiti with Wheels for the World...

  • By: Doug Mazza
  • Feb. 22, 2011
  • Wheels For The World

Since we arrived on Saturday nearly 400 children have died of malnutrition. And that doesn't count cholera, infection and other disease. The population of Port au Prince has an unemployment rate of 90%. The disabled have it worse. It makes me think how blessed Ryan, my own disabled son back in the States, is. But here in Haiti, there are no residential facilities like Ryan lives in; no regional centers run by the county. Just an incredible will to survive.

Doug Mazza helping fit a boy with a wheelchairYesterday a little boy came with his parents, a handsome Creole couple. Their son had been hit by a truck and had broken both legs. One leg, broken in three places. The doctor didn't have enough plaster to make two casts. So the right leg was cast up to the hip; the other... just bandaged with gauze. The family was told to come back after the leg healed...

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