Joni and Friends Blog

A Unique Bond of Family Retreat Fellowship...

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 4, 2011
  • Family Retreats

Sara was born missing both of her legs. All her life, having mobility meant a lot – that's why when she lost her car in an accident several years ago, it was doubly difficult. Now, getting out and about was nearly impossible. Sara became angry at God. One of our leaders kept prodding her to try our Mission Springs Family Retreat, so Sara reluctantly came. The fun and fellowship helped, but things really changed when she encountered Judy Squier (one of the camp speakers) at a foot-washing service. Like Sara, Judy was missing her legs, too. The two came together in prayer and ended up washing each other's stumps, symbolizing the unique physical and spiritual bond they enjoy in Jesus Christ. The result? Sara is back at her church, helping to get a disability ministry started! Join her by visiting our Church Relations page!

Wheels for the World is fun... no matter what your age!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 1, 2011
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  • Wheels For The World

Meet two-year-old Layla, daughter of Veronica and Billy Diego (Billy supervises our fulfillment department). As you can see, this lively little girl has a heart for Wheels for the World (check out her doll in that little wheelchair). Layla is serious about praying for the people with disabilities who receive our wheelchairs and Bibles – as you can tell from her piggy bank, she's serious about supporting Wheels for the World, too! Join the fun and become a partner alongside Layla with your prayers and gifts!

New Kids' Notepads!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 29, 2011
  • What's New in Our Store

hi notepadkittens notepad
Kids love receiving a little unexpected gift! Surprise a child you love with one of our new kid’s notepads. Perfect for drawing and story-writing at home and on the go, it’s both fun and functional. Front cover and inside pages feature children’s art by Joni. Feeling young at heart? Get a notepad for yourself as well. The spacious pages will work for a grocery list or a note to a friend. Your purchase helps us share Christ’s message of salvation around the world.

Say Hello to the Future!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 25, 2011
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, Family Retreats, Cause 4 Life

2011 summer interns serving at murrieta family retreat

What a great group of summer interns we’ve enjoyed this month – these are the faces of the future when it comes to leaders in disability ministry. The first week of internship involved classroom study in our "Beyond Suffering" intensive; the second week, they happily rolled up their sleeves to serve at one of our Joni and Friends’ Family Retreats. These young women were so excited after their two-week internship, they are already planning to sign up for a Cause 4 Life global missions outreach next year. Watch out world! Want to join them? Check out the details at Cause 4 Life

Joni and Friends Goes Global!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 21, 2011
  • Cause 4 Life, Wheels For The World

wheels for the world outreach in ghanaOur teams are here, there and everywhere around the world this week, giving the love of Christ to people with disabilities! We just completed an outreach in Mali, West Africa, as well as international Family Retreats in Romania, China and Ukraine – after our Ukrainian outreach, Joni and Friends team members flew straight to Uganda where we are leading sessions on disability ministry at Uganda Christian University and at Gaba Bible Institute. In addition, our Wheels for the World team will be distributing Bibles and wheelchairs to more than 200 disabled children and adults, and giving the Gospel of Christ with every chair. Joni and Friends is also in El Salvador this week. Please pray that hearts will be opened to the salvation message. Would you like to serve with us? Visit our Cause 4 Life internship page for all the details!

A Gift of Art...for our International Disability Center

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 18, 2011
  • Christian Institute on Disability

joni and matthew standing in front of his paintingOur good friend Hyatt Moore came to the IDC last week to present to us his beautiful new oil painting – those outstretched hands reaching to heaven say at all! The Christian Institute on Disability team asked Hyatt to create a painting which would be fitting for the cover of...

Meet More Summer Interns!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 16, 2011
  • Christian Institute on Disability, Cause 4 Life

summer internsMeet Erin, Mollie, and Sara, three of our summer interns. Earlier this week they were in town for our certificate course of study “Beyond Suffering.” And this week? They are packing up and heading out to our next Family Retreat at Murrieta Hot Springs to ‘put into practice’ what they learned! Our two-week summer internships are the best...

We Love our Summer Interns!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 16, 2011
  • Cause 4 Life

meredith, joni and kenAll of us at the IDC agree – we love the fresh, young, eager faces (and passionate hearts) of our summer interns. Recently we enjoyed having Meredith who attends the University of Florida. Meredith will soon be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – she’s also a Reitz Undergraduate Scholar! Because of her own cerebral palsy, this exceptional young woman with the great smile...

Beyond Suffering: It's Study Time...

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 13, 2011
  • Christian Institute on Disability

This week our Joni and Friends' Christian Institute on Disability is hosting 38 students from the US and around the world for our summer intensive. The study session is called "Beyond Suffering: Christian Perspectives on Disability Ministry." This acclaimed course takes a deeper look into the theology, family and church issues, and current cultural topics relating to disability. "This intensive is just that… Intense," says Joni, "after our students complete this certificate course of study, they will have a clearer perspective on God's strategy to reach the world's 1 billion people with disabilities with...

Justin... Our Ambassador of Smiles!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 11, 2011
  • Family Retreats, Wheels For The World

Justin and his family are ‘regulars’ at our Bonclarken Family Retreats led by our Joni and Friends/Charlotte team – Justin is non-verbal, but is exceptionally charismatic and smiles all the time. But their ministry extends beyond Family Retreats. Justin and his parents were part of our last Wheels for the World trip to the Dominican Republic. Dad came as a physician, and mom showed families how to make communication boards for their disabled children so they could ‘talk’ with them for the first time! And Justin? Well, he was the best ambassador for Christ, encouraging everyone with his smiles and high fives! Drop Justin a line on our blog!

justin and miajust and his dad serving in dominican republicjustin and michele hugging

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