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The Family of God

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 8, 2015
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Cause 4 Life intern serving in MexicoOutside of the Church of God in Mexico, a rusted bronze sign reads “Family of God.” God’s family, which extends beyond country borders, is bringing disability ministry to new levels in Mexico. Recently, the Highlands Church and Sierra Vista Church from Arizona partnered with our Cause 4 Life Arizona Academy interns to kick off Church of God’s disability ministry through serving at VBS. The journey began with the realization of a need. This past Sunday, Pastor Tad preached on the need for disability ministry...

A Boost of Excitement and Encouragement

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 30, 2015
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MMA East InternsTwelve days into their internship and our Cause 4 Life East Coast team have made friendships that will last a lifetime. These girls have discovered that no matter where they go—at their internship, hotel, or on the DC metro—God has brought people across their paths to bring excitement and encouragement. In this short amount of time, our team has been blessed with many opportunities to...

Cause 4 Life: Climbing Walls Together

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 22, 2015
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Cause 4 Life team in ChinaFor twelve days, our Cause 4 Life team in China served at the Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village, where more than sixty children thrive in a loving atmosphere. Our interns assisted the staff with a field day, assessments for children with disabilities, and simple acts of service. But what marked this group of girls who had never...

People are Opportunities to Love God

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 7, 2015
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Cause 4 Life Global Missions and InternsLet the statement sink in. Read it again… say it out loud. Why… Because it’s a call to the church, to the working professional, to the stay at home mom, to the college student, to the retired layman. No one can escape the command to “love your neighbor as...

New Ministry and Missions Academy Arizona

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 6, 2015
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Cause 4 Life InternsCause 4 Life Global Missions and Internships

Cause 4 Life's new academy offers interns the opportunity to serve alongside the Joni and Friends Arizona staff and leadership. Interns will be educated on the biblical view on disability and trained in servant leadership, biblical justice and international disability ministry.

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Seasons' Change is Established by the Lord

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 23, 2014
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Cause 4 Life Intern in UgandaAmerican culture really defines this time of year. Christmas parties and white elephant gift exchanges fill our calendars. Our kitchens explode with the next homemade Pinterest find. Living rooms dance with the sound of friends and family’s laughter as they sip their eggnog. Our festivities usually bring to mind the things we’ve accomplished, the people we’ve lost. And then, the inevitable question, what will next year bring?

Next year might be a building year, adding experiences on to a working goal. Next year might be the start of a whole new chapter, starting fresh...

Meet Cause 4 Life Intern, Adriana

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 11, 2014
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Adriana with her husband and sonAdriana is a vocational intern with Joni and Friends. Born in Costa Rica, she and her husband serve as missionaries to Bosnia. This is their story... "Looking back 10 years, or even a year ago, I would have never imagined finding myself in the U.S. as a Cause 4 Life intern with Joni and Friends. I always thought that my life was right on track, exactly what God wanted for me; living in other countries and sharing the love of Christ with those who don’t know Him. And all of that was fine… But it wasn’t until I experienced the worst loss of my life that I realized God wanted more from me and my family. Dani and Sofi are the two precious children that the Lord gave my husband and me; both with a disability but each with a beautiful story. Sofi left us to be with the Lord last year, April 18, 2013. I thought I couldn’t go on without her, and it has been, without a doubt, the most...

A Changed Heart

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 4, 2014
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, Cause 4 Life

Naomi serving a special needs child in ChinaToday’s post was written by Cause 4 Life Global Missions Intern, Naomi. "I’m Naomi, an ordinary 22-year-old who thought she knew the plan for her life. Two years ago, if you had told me that I would be serving the Lord in China, I would have said, 'impossible.' My story is one that illustrates God’s awesomeness and His love for us no matter where we are in life. I grew up with two loving Christian parents who taught me to love Jesus with my whole heart. As a teen and into my college years, I gradually pulled away from the church and the Christian faith all together. Sadly, I spent time seeking my own desires when and with whomever I wanted. In March 2013, I was approached by a dear friend who asked me to accompany her on a Joni and Friends Cause 4 Life internship and serve orphans with disabilities in China. Although the idea of using my degree in sports medicine and pediatric rehabilitation was appealing, I turned...

Meet Cause 4 Life Intern, Lauren – Part 2

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 18, 2014
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Lauren with Cause 4 Life internsRead Part 1
(Today's post was written by Danielle Ledoux, Joni and Friends Cause 4 Life Vocational Intern.) Despite her cerebral palsy and wheelchair, Lauren Compere enrolled in Mississippi College to study psychology and follow her desire to minister to others. But she wanted to do something big during the summer—an internship. “I don’t know if that was a God thing or a Lauren thing,” she commented. At first, it may have appeared to be a “Lauren thing” because when she tried to go to Haiti with a church, the door slammed shut in her face. Disappointed, she settled for studying Spanish in Spain, not knowing that God had other plans. In the middle of a hectic spring semester, Lauren decided to skip a conference which she had planned on attending. But her best friend and caregiver insisted that she go to hear speaker Joni Eareckson Tada. That night as she hung on Joni’s every word, Lauren realized, “This lady completely gets it. I knew that conference—that talk—would change my life. I knew...

Meet Cause 4 Life Intern, Lauren – Part 1

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 17, 2014
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Eric and Lauren(Today's post was written by Danielle Ledoux, Joni and Friends Cause 4 Life Vocational Intern.) If she can do it, you can do it. “The Lord opens doors that no man can shut.” Eric’s eyes, warm and glossy like melted chocolate, peered into Lauren’s face. He proclaimed again unsteadily, “The Lord opens doors that no man can shut.” Lost in Eric’s eyes, Lauren felt the sweetness enveloping this man. His black hair and stubbly beard covered a dear face that framed “sweet little expressions,” as Lauren said. Though his quirks and expressions indicated some disability, Lauren didn’t care. Holding Eric’s hand, she heard once more that quivery voice: “The Lord opens doors that no man can shut.” And she cried. Remembering that night, Lauren proudly showed a picture of her and Eric from the Friendship Club—a gathering of adults with disabilities and volunteers to talk, worship, and learn together. Lauren only wished that she could touch those dear...

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