Joni and Friends Cause 4 Life interns walk in the footsteps of Jesus as they minister God’s heart to people with disability in Uganda. In the latest episode of the Cause 4 Life Love.Heal.Defend. web series, Cause 4 Life interns visit Dennis, a recent Wheels for the World wheelchair recipient. As the team meets with Dennis, a group of children from the local village swarm the interns. Watch as they take this opportunity to lead worship and demonstrate the special value God places on children like Dennis.
Young Ivan in Uganda has cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder. Because of his disability, no one has ever visited him. In the latest episode of the Cause 4 Life Love. Heal. Defend. web series, watch as our team reaches out to Ivan, visiting him in his home, and provides him with a new mattress and electric lantern.
In the latest episode of the Cause 4 Life Love. Heal. Defend. web series, Doreen and her daughter Veronica, a double-amputee, live in the slums of Kampala. Despite their trials, Doreen gives her struggles to God and lives by faith alone. Watch as she shares how God has been faithful to provide for all of her needs.
In the latest episode of the Cause 4 Life Love.Heal.Defend. web series, meet Odong Richard who lost his foot after stepping on a land mine left from Uganda’s conflict with the LRA rebel group. Because of his disability, he is ridiculed by the men in his village. But after receiving a crutch and hearing the Gospel at a Wheels for the World distribution, he has found hope and comfort in Christ. Watch as our Cause 4 Life team ministers to Odong and encourages him to become an advocate for others with disabilities in his community.
Cause 4 Life intern Katie has dreamed of one day leading an African team to the Power Soccer World Cup! In the latest episode of the Cause 4 Life Love. Heal. Defend. web series, watch as Katie takes the first step toward reaching her dream as she introduces the sport and leads a wheelchair soccer clinic in Uganda.
Cause 4 Life ministers to the spiritual needs of people with disabilities as well as their physical needs. In the latest episode of the Cause 4 Life Love.Heal.Defend. web series, our team visits Joel, a young boy who is depressed and emotionally isolated. After showing God’s love to him practically and sharing the Gospel, the team asks Joel if he is ready to make a most important decision of his life…
Joni and Friends Cause 4 Life Internships prepare the next generation of Christian leaders for ministry, missions, advocacy, and justice for people affected by disability around the world. Recently, CBN News featured our Cause 4 Life team as they flew to Uganda to advocate for people with disability and share the hope of Christ. Watch the CBN feature below and find more inspiring stories of hope in the new Cause 4 Life Web Series: Love. Heal. Defend.
Born with a disability, 3-year-old Jared was neglected, starved, and abandoned by his father. But with the condition that Jared’s 7-year-old sister Rebekah serve as caretaker, the children were taken in by their grandparents. Although Rebekah loves her brother and does a good job taking care of him, she is unable to attend school and is forfeiting her opportunity to get an education for his sake. Follow our Cause 4 Life team as they discover that Jared and Rebekah's grandmother does not work and advocate for the children, working out a plan that would allow Rebekah the opportunity to go to school.
On their first home visit in rural northern Uganda, our Cause 4 Life team meets 16-year old Francis. Because of Francis’ disability, his parents have rejected him and left him to be cared for by his grandmother. As our interns show love and value to Francis, they also teach his grandmother basic health and communication techniques, encouraging her with truth from Luke 14: when she serves little Francis, she is serving God directly.
Prayer opens doors – just ask Jenny Romanow! Jenny is pursuing a Master’s Degree in developmental disabilities. But she was looking for a way to merge her profession with her faith. The Joni and Friends internship program was God’s answer to her prayer. Through the internship program, Joni and Friends’ Christian Institute on Disability equips college students and young professionals for Christian leadership in disability ministry. Interns first experience classes and training at Joni and Friends International Disability Center, then serve at a Family Retreat and on an international disability ministry outreach. “The experience opened...