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Summer Internships at Joni and Friends!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 16, 2016
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, Cause 4 Life

Cause 4 Life Foundation InternsSummer internships can be a great way to keep busy during summer break. Cause 4 Life has welcomed many interns from around the world, both abled and disabled, to serve the disability community. Together, they represent a beautiful picture of Christ’s body at work to impact the Kingdom of God. If you have a love for people with disabilities, then you should definitely check out the Cause 4 Life Global Missions and Internships page! There you will find many opportunities to serve people affected by disability all over the world, and learn of God’s heart for the broken and suffering. Apply today for a Foundation Summer Internship and be a part of a team of interns making an impact in disabled communities all over the world, as they exemplify God’s love...

”Here Am I, Send Me”

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 25, 2016
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, Family Retreats, International

International Family Retreat Short-Term Missionaries in PeruNatalie taking part in a game with special needs families at Retreat in Peru
Natalie wasn’t quite sure what to expect when she signed up to serve for the first time at one of our Joni and Friends International Family Retreats. She brought a heart ready to serve and found out that God can use each of us if we step forward in faith. Natalie shares her reflections… "I had the privilege of serving at the Joni and Friends International Family Retreat in Peru last August. For four days I experienced pure joy as we served the families and helped cultivate a place of rest, support, prayer, worship, adventure and education! Across borders, oceans and language barriers I experienced a true connectivity of the human race. In spite of our...

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...

Giving Thanks for 2015!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 31, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, Christian Institute on Disability

Psalm 126:3As I look back on 2015, I am so grateful for God’s abundant blessings — blessings like the stamina to have been “on the road” 102 days this year, where I had the privilege of joining Pastor Chuck Swindoll for a Sunday service interview; speaking before international disability leaders at our Joni and Friends Global Access Conference; and attending our wonderful Family Retreat in Texas. Plus, the blessing of having recorded over 8,000 radio programs after 33 years on the air! Not to mention the opportunity to have written on important issues, such as the dangerous right-to-die bill in California. And of course, I praise the Lord for having been declared cancer-free! Wow, what an amazing year it has been! It’s why I want to be like the tenth leper in Luke 17, who came back to Jesus with loud praise, thanking Him for what He had done. Will you join me...

Brand New Course!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 14, 2015
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  • Christian Institute on Disability

Beyond Suffering Advanced Studies: A Christian View on Disability & HealthcareBeyond Suffering Advanced Studies: A Christian View on Disability & Healthcare is a unique and groundbreaking advanced course designed to reintroduce the ancient ideal of practical reasoning, self-knowledge and action in the care of the sick and the marginalized, with a special emphasis on people with disabilities. Modeled after the flagship curriculum Beyond Suffering: A Christian View on Disability Ministry, this course is comprised of four modules and four thought-provoking practicums: An Overview of the Issue, Theological Aspects, Healthcare Institutional Ethos, and Applied Ethics. This new course is interdisciplinary, versatile, and available fully online. CEUs and CMEs are now available. Register now!

Register Now! Hope in the Midst of Suffering Conference

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 29, 2015
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  • Christian Institute on Disability

Hope in the Midst of Suffering ConferenceIt’s not too late to register for the Hope in the Midst of Suffering Conference! This October 16-17, please join us at Indiana Wesleyan University as we explore ways to bring hope to communities of hurting people around the world. With presentations and workshops delivered by experts, you’ll receive theological and practical knowledge, and resources to build up your leadership and ministerial skills. You’ll be equipped and empowered to answer the call in Luke 14 and minister to people have been marginalized.

Register today to hear from ministry experts Joni Eareckson Tada, Steve Bundy, and more!

Hope in the Midst of Suffering Conference at IWU

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 1, 2015
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  • Christian Institute on Disability

Hope in the Midst of Suffering Conference
Christ calls His Church to bring hope to communities of hurting people around the world. His own earthly mission centered on the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind — the marginalized populations honored at His Banquet (Luke 14). You’re invited to explore ways in which we as Christ followers can become equipped to empower the church to minister to these hurting and marginalized communities around the world at the Hope in the Midst of Suffering Conference, October 16-17 at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN. You’ll receive theological and practical...

Now Available! Beyond Suffering for the Next Generation

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 16, 2015
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  • Christian Institute on Disability

Beyond Suffering for the Next GenerationWe love young people at Joni and Friends and are grateful for the important roles they play in our ministry. From those volunteering as Short Term Missionaries for Family Retreats to those serving as Cause 4 Life interns, these passionate teens live out Jesus’ model of ministry to the marginalized, including those with disabilities! That’s why we’re so excited to announce that our new course, Beyond Suffering for the Next Generation, is now available! This youth edition is based on our groundbreaking course Beyond Suffering: A Christian View on Disability Ministry, which has been translated into several languages and is being taught at universities around the world. We at the Joni and Friends’ Christian Institute on Disability believe that lasting change happens when younger generations are equipped with a biblical foundation of God’s plan for suffering and disability. Beyond Suffering for the Next Generation will prepare young leaders for life-long service in education, medicine and science...

Global Access Conference 2015 Advances the Worldwide Disability Ministry Movement

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 12, 2015
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, International

Joni Eareckson Tada speaking at Global Access Conference 2015Conference attendees at Global Access 2015
In February, Joni and Friends hosted the first Global Access Conference, with 1,000 attendees traveling to southern California from 54 countries and 39 states. Speakers Joni Eareckson Tada, Nick Vujicic, Lon Solomon, and Dr. Charles Ware set the tone for a joyful, Spirit-filled week. Pastors, educators, and lay people from all around the world attended workshops and round table discussions. Together, they forged ...

10 Vital Truths About Autism

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 28, 2015
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  • Christian Institute on Disability

10 Truths About AutismAs the month for Autism Awareness comes to an end, we’d like to share this helpful article from Pat Verbal, Senior Manager of Curriculum Development at Joni and Friends. The challenge for the Church is to stay aware of what we need to do to make our churches welcoming and loving places for ALL children. In “10 Vital Truths About Autism” Pat points out that while social services can help families affected by autism “they can’t lead parents and children to...

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