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A New Look for Cause 4 Life Global Missions and Internships!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 15, 2016
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, Cause 4 Life

Cause 4 Life Webpages Have a New Look
Cause 4 Life Global Missions and Internships is starting the New Year with a fresh new look! For the last eight years, Cause 4 Life has strived to influence students and young professionals through hands-on disability ministry training and education inspired from God’s Word. Through summer internship programs and international mission trips, many eyes and hearts have been opened to the desperate need to reach those affected by disability with love, compassion, and hope that flow from a relationship with God. Cause 4 Life leadership has seen the fruit that comes from interns who grow in a ministry of compassion towards others. Interns have...

Meet Our New Cause 4 Life Intern

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 30, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, Cause 4 Life

Joni, Annette, and StormiI am SUCH a big advocate of young people with disabilities who want to serve in our Cause 4 Life internship program. It’s why I was so excited to meet Stormi, and her mother Annette. They came by the International Disability Center to register Stormi in our Cause 4 Life Global Missions internship program – it means Stormi will be traveling to Uganda with us in 2016! I told her, “It is so important for Ugandans with disabilities to see you in a position of leadership, Stormi. It speaks volumes to them about their own potential to lead and serve in their own countries!” Whether you have a disability or not, consider serving as an intern with us in 2016 – get all the details here.   

2016 Cause 4 Life Internships are now Open

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 16, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, Cause 4 Life

Cause 4 Life InternsThere's nothing like welcoming a new class of interns to Joni and Friends as young people come from across the US and around the world to serve with us. They bring such joy and boundless enthusiasm for serving Christ. If you want to stretch your heart for disability...

Reflections from a Vocational Intern

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 20, 2015
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  • Cause 4 Life

Reflections from an Intern | Cause 4 Life Vocational Interns with Joni Eareckson TadaLast summer, I arrived at Joni and Friends as a Cause 4 Life vocational intern with one goal in mind: receive college credit for a two-week writing internship with Joni and Friends. But in four short weeks, God quickly revealed how shallow my expectations were. While I diligently worked with Cause 4 Life, He opened my eyes to a new ministry – disability ministry – and taught me to see my life and skills...

The Same, But Different

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 12, 2015
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  • Cause 4 Life

Cause 4 Life intern serving in HaitiFor each Cause 4 Life intern, God brought them face to face with disability, which led to an interest in disability ministry and then to an internship with Joni and Friends. But each intern has a unique story. At first glance, Sawyer and Josh seem pretty similar — both are West Coast Academy interns from Delaware who heard about Cause 4 Life internships through the same friend. However, their stories are different. Sawyer struggles with effects from a previous brain injury. While serving at a special needs orphanage in Haiti, he met children like Kimberly: despite her profound disability...

God’s Little Surprises

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 4, 2015
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  • Cause 4 Life

Cause 4 Life InternsThis summer, our Cause 4 Life interns are discovering that God loves to surprise them. Serving at Family Retreat, overseas in Haiti or the Dominican Republic, and in local churches, there have been countless opportunities for God to surpass their expectations. He surprised Theresa, one of our East Coast Academy interns, when she was paired...

Cause 4 Life Interns Serving in the Dominican Republic

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 3, 2015
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  • Cause 4 Life

Cause 4 Life East Coast Academy InternsThe Cause 4 Life East Coast Academy team is wrapping up their internship by serving in the Dominican Republic at a special needs orphanage and with special needs children at a local school. The last five weeks have brought these eight young leaders together as a beautiful example of Christ’s vision for the church. With many skill sets and abilities, these...

A Talent For Hugs

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 28, 2015
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  • Cause 4 Life

Anna Kate with AndrewFor Anna Kate, spending time with Andrew was easy — even if communication was challenging. As an STM volunteer at the Murrieta Family Retreat, she was paired with Andrew, a 14-year-old boy who has autism and is non-verbal. Even though he struggled with physical pain and understanding at times, he exhibited incredible joy. Whether with water play, music, or at the playhouse, Andrew’s joyful screams, “Whoa, whoa, whoa,” could be heard across the Retreat campus. And this happy boy loved to hug everyone… even the tall...

Building Bridges of Communication at Family Retreat

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 21, 2015
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  • Family Retreats, Cause 4 Life
Katelyn and Beaudy serving the Fass Family“It’s important to know that people with disabilities can communicate like anyone else. God made them that way for a reason,” said Cause 4 Life intern Katelyn Casey as she shared about her time at Bison Ranch Family Retreat. For her, no one illustrated this principle better than the Fass family. When Jeremy Fass was a little boy, his parents dropped him off at the Tucson Deaf School and didn’t return. Despite this heartbreaking beginning, Jeremy is an energetic husband and father of three...

A Slice of Heaven

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 15, 2015
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  • Cause 4 Life

Cause 4 Life interns serving at Family Retreat
For days, the suspense has been building. Our Cause 4 Life interns are eager to experience a “slice of heaven,” a week of fellowship and ministry that they’ll never forget. Three of our teams are serving at Family Retreat this week—the West Coast and Arizona Academies at Bison Ranch in Arizona, and the Bootcamp at Murrieta...

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