Christian Institute on Disability

The Christian Institute on Disability

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 14, 2014
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  • Christian Institute on Disability

boy with his mother, excited to receive a new pediatric wheelchairGod has pushed the doors wide open for the CID to empower a new generation of disability ministry leaders. Joni and Friends interns first receive biblical instruction and training for disability ministry. Then, they take the Gospel message and hands-on help to people with disabilities in some of the most impoverished places on earth. Additionally, your help makes it possible to offer disability ministry training to pastors and church leaders in developing nations. Over 3,500 have already attended. Hearts are ignited, ministry is growing, and Jesus’ love is changing families, neighborhoods, and villages!

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Ministry and Missions Academy East Coast

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 17, 2013
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, Cause 4 Life

Intern serving at MMAWe love to see people picking up the cause to minister to individuals and families affected by disability in their churches and communities. And it’s always a delight to find a church or ministry that sees the impact that can be made by showering God’s love on those viewed as ‘the least of these.’ Jill’s House and McLean Bible church are two such warriors for the Gospel! Cause 4 Life Global Missions and Internships is honored to partner with both of these ministries in a new Ministry and Missions Academy on the East Coast. Located in Virginia, the Academy interns will have the chance to work alongside staff and volunteers at Jill’s House, providing care and respite for families affected by disability. Additionally, interns will have an opportunity to see an exemplary model of disability ministry at McLean Bible...

A Bootcamp Internship

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 10, 2013
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, Cause 4 Life

Intern holding an orphan in HaitiWhat comes to mind when you think of bootcamp? A lot of yelling… intense pain of aching muscles… sweat seeping into your clothes? Whatever the case, it’s not a pretty picture. So, why do it? Why cause your body so much pain? Because it is strength training, providing a jump start to a healthier lifestyle. Joni and Friends’ Ministry and Missions Bootcamp may not involve aching muscles, but it does call interns to stretch their faith and challenge what they believe it means to love others. This four week, intensive program trains interns in disability ministry, theology and practice, exposing them to the realities and the blessings that come with serving individuals and families affected by disability. Their faith will be tested during their trip to Haiti as they face the injustices of people affected by disability in a developing country. And along the way, God will break down their misconceptions revealing His love for the least of these. Join our team of interns in the Ministry and Missions Bootcamp for the summer of 2014, and expand your view...

A New Generation of Disability Leaders

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 8, 2013
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, Cause 4 Life

Kathleen with a child in HaitiAt Joni and Friends, we are committed to disability ministry – not just for today, but also for the future! That’s why our Christian Institute on Disability wants to say thank you. It is through your support that we are able to offer internships, training, and curriculum to the next generation of disability leaders. Because of your partnership, these top-notch students receive Biblical education and hands-on experience, pairing solid preparation with a passion for disability ministry. “Through what you’ve taught us, the Lord has equipped us to share God’s heart for disability,” says intern Kathleen Kimbrough. “Equipped and empowered are the two best words to describe my internship at Joni and Friends. I’m ready to implement what I’ve learned for the rest of my life!” Thank you for your...

Beyond Suffering – New Online Course Options!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 26, 2013
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  • Christian Institute on Disability

Beyond Suffering – New Online Course Options!Have you ever suffered physically, emotionally or spiritually and wondered why? Do you have family members or friends with disabilities and struggle to know what to say or how to act around them? God’s Word is not silent when it comes to these difficult questions. Joni and Friends has put together Beyond Suffering, a powerful course which addresses questions about evil and suffering and shares various aspects of disability ministry. Starting in September, new online course options are available! If you’d like discover God’s plan for disability and His heart for a world that is broken...

Cause 4 Life Interns in Uganda

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 2, 2013
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, International, Cause 4 Life

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As a part of our Cause 4 Life internship program, interns receive hands-on disability ministry experience, often serving on an international mission trip. Recently, we had a team of interns return from a very encouraging and fruitful trip to Uganda – it was filled with opportunities to show God’s love to many people touched by disability! Here’s an exciting update from our Cause 4 Life team leader: “The Uganda trip was absolutely amazing! We were able to serve at the school in the classrooms, train special education teachers, and put on VBS activities. We also served on a field trip to the airport and...

You Can Lead With Love

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 19, 2013
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, Cause 4 Life, Video Archives

Katie ministering to Ivan in UgandaAre you longing to go deeper and wider, to share Christ with those who desperately need to know Him? Do you know a young Christian adult who’s ready to step forward as a leader in ministry? A rich opportunity for leadership training awaits. Right now, our Cause 4 Life internship program is training and equipping students and professionals for ministry, service, and advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities worldwide, through comprehensive study and practical experience. Katie is one such young woman. A wheelchair user herself, she is uniquely prepared to serve those with disabilities. Recently, she joined the Cause 4 Life internship program and traveled with a team of interns to Uganda, where she met little Ivan. No one had ever visited Ivan until Katie and her team brought blankets...

Are You Asking, "WHY?"

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 10, 2013
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  • Christian Institute on Disability

Beyond Suffering iBookWhy does my daughter have cancer? Why must my husband live with Alzheimer’s? Why haven’t I been healed, even though I’ve prayed? Thankfully, God’s Word is not silent about your questions. In fact, the Bible has strong and clear things to say when it comes to life’s challenges. Beyond Suffering: A Christian View on Disability Ministry is a powerful study created by Joni and Friends. In it, you’ll discover answers to your deepest questions about God’s plan for disability and His heart for a world that is broken and suffering. Beyond Suffering courses are available in classrooms or online. And now, the Beyond Suffering curriculum is available as a multitouch book for the iPad, with adaptive screen magnification and Voice-Over technology for users...

Join Us In Praying For Our Interns!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 4, 2013
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, Cause 4 Life

MMA and MMB Summer Interns

On Monday we were honored to welcome two new groups of Cause 4 Life interns to the Joni and Friends International Disability Center (IDC). This summer we have 9 interns participating in our 8-week Missions and Ministry Academy (MMA) and 10 interns in our all new 4-week Ministry and Missions Bootcamp (MMB). What an encouragement it has been to see so many young people fired up about devoting their summer to serving the Lord! These internships will be filled with training, mentoring, working at the IDC, community service, volunteering at a Family Retreat, plus a mission trip to Haiti! We...

Beyond Suffering Now Available in iBook Format

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 14, 2013
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  • In the Media, Christian Institute on Disability, What's New in Our Store

Beyond Suffering iBooks editionThe groundbreaking curriculum Beyond Suffering: A Christian View on Disability Ministry is now available as an interactive multi-touch book for the iPad! Originally introduced as a course for the Christian Institute on Disability to transform the way Christians view God’s plan for disability and suffering, Beyond Suffering has since been released as a curriculum textbook for educational institutions, as well as in Spanish and Braille editions. The latest edition for iBooks combines the Study and Leader’s Guides into a seamless, multimedia experience for today’s students, featuring videos from the award-winning Joni and Friends TV series. The Beyond Suffering iBook also takes advantage of all the iPad’s accessibility features for students with visual and hearing impairments, including adaptive screen...   

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