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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...

Introducing Beyond Suffering Advanced Studies: A Christian View on the Healthcare Humanities

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 13, 2015
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  • Christian Institute on Disability

Beyond Suffering Advanced StudiesBeyond Suffering Advanced Studies: A Christian View on the Healthcare Humanities is a unique and groundbreaking advanced course designed to reintroduce the ancient ideal of practical reasoning, self...

Joni and Dr. Charles Ware Talk Global Access

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 17, 2014
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, Video Archives

Dr. Charles Ware is one of the keynote speakers for the Global Access Conference 2015. As a dynamic and energizing speaker, Joni and Friends is excited to have him share his experience and perspective on disability ministry. To learn more about the conference and the other speakers and presenters, please visit www.globalaccessconference.org.

Singing with Christopher

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 7, 2014
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  • Joni's Posts, Christian Institute on Disability

Christopher and Joni singing togetherWatch as Christopher and I sing his favorite song, “Open the Eyes of My Heart.” This song has special significance when Christopher sings it because he is blind and has autism… through his song he’s teaching us to see things the way that God does – through the heart. Christopher was born prematurely at 26 weeks and only weighed 1 lb and 12 oz. When he was adopted, his parents Steve and Christine realized that Christopher had perfect pitch. He has since sung at various events and has inspired thousands with his story. That’s why I am so thrilled that Christopher will be singing at the Global Access Conference in February 2015. Won’t you join us as we worship together and inspire one another to advance disability ministry? Register today!

Global Access 2015: Add Your Voice

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 17, 2014
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  • In the Media, Christian Institute on Disability, International

Have you registered? Between February 17–20, 2015, join as disability leaders, ministers, educators and world changers unite to share disability ministry experiences. Learn how you can effectively promote disability ministry in the Christian community! You won’t want to miss speakers Joni Eareckson Tada, John Stonestreet, Nick Vujicic, and many more! Add your voice to the conversation: http://globalaccessconference.org/

Secure Your Registration for Global Access 2015!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 24, 2014
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  • In the Media, Christian Institute on Disability

Global Access Conference 2015Have you registered for Global Access 2015? This ground-breaking disability ministry conference bringing together disability leaders, ministers, educators and world-changers from across the globe will be held February 17-20, 2015, in Southern CA. Presented by Joni and Friends, you won’t want to miss our great lineup of speakers including Joni Eareckson Tada (Founder of Joni and Friends), Nick Vujicic (President of Life Without Limbs), Lon Solomon (Senior Pastor of McLean Bible Church), and more! Visit www.globalaccessconference.com to register, and learn more about the great sessions, notable speakers, and inspiring worship leaders. Secure your registration today!

Meet Cause 4 Life Intern, Adriana

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 11, 2014
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, Cause 4 Life

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...

Your Prayers are Changing Lives, and Villages! 

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 7, 2014
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, Wheels For The World

Joakim and his mother, RosaRosa and her husband never expected their baby boy Joakim to be born with a disability. But because of their faith in Christ, they accepted him and loved him right from the start. “Without the Lord, we could not do this,” Rosa admits – for in developing nations like Peru, a disabled child is a source of shame, and resources for help are scarce. These parents asked God to help them care for and raise Joakim. Unbeknownst to them, God was already working to answer their prayers, through an upcoming visit from Joni and Friends. Just before its local Wheels for the World outreach, Joni and Friends hosted a pastor’s training on disability ministry, using its groundbreaking curriculum, Beyond Suffering. Word spread quickly among the pastors of this small Peruvian mountain town. By mid-week, the training room was full of pastors curious and eager to know God’s heart for those who suffer. Rosa’s pastor was one of them. Later that week, at the encouragement of their newly-trained pastor, Rosa brought Joakim to receive his first wheelchair. “Our pastor wants our church to understand and support us as we raise Joakim, so he has come to Joni and Friends’ training,” said Rosa, “We see the heart of God at work in all of us through Joni and...

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