Family Retreats

Tom Hardwick

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 10, 2017
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  • Family Retreats, Cause 4 Life

Tom HardwickTom Hardwick didn’t let his Duchenne muscular dystrophy stop him from interning with Cause 4 Life and volunteering as a Short Term Missionary at Family Retreat in 2015. Although life is not always easy for Tom, his optimism, joy, and adventurous spirit inspire everyone around him.

CREATIVE: That’s Family Retreats!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 27, 2017
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  • Joni's Posts, Family Retreats

Family RetreatWith 25 years of Family Retreats under our belt, some might think we've run out of creative ideas. Not so. Take the Lone Tree Ranch Family Retreat in New Mexico run Paul and Debbie Faculjak of Joni and Friends/Albuquerque...

“Family Retreat Was the First Place My Son was Accepted”

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 20, 2017
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  • Family Retreats

Family RetreatFamilies come to Family Retreat in need of spiritual and emotional encouragement. They live with the 24/7 demands of caring for a child with a disability, and often live on the edge of exhaustion— spiritually, physically, emotionally and financially, too. These families need a place to find community and have their hope restored. 

A Poem Tribute to Family Retreats

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 12, 2017
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  • Joni's Posts, Family Retreats

Family RetreatIt’s not often Celeste isn’t smiling. The joy of the Lord that she exudes spills over onto everyone who meets her. Having cerebral palsy might slow Celeste’s stride, but it certainly doesn’t stop her from serving. Several days a week she volunteers at Joni and Friends, and last summer she also served as an STM at our Murrieta Family Retreat...

Family Retreat Registration is Open!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 10, 2017
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  • Family Retreats

Family RetreatToday, Family Retreat registration is open on our website! Do you desire a place where your special needs family is “not only welcome, but for the first time truly belongs”? Look no further! Our Family Retreats provide a haven...

Something New in Kansas City

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 20, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, Family Retreats

Family RetreatFinally, this part of the Midwest experienced a long-awaited Family Retreat that gave families a safe and welcoming place to relax, refresh, and create cherished memories. This mom and her kids reveled in the hayride, an evening campfire with s’mores, archery, a 25-foot rock climbing wall, and a zip...

Can the Blind Lead the Blind?

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 1, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, Family Retreats

BlindThis snapshot proves it’s more than possible… it’s even natural if you happen to be attending a Joni and Friends’ Family Retreat. Meet Janine Hults who is legally blind and uses a guide dog, and Andy Anderson who, because of diabetes, is an amputee and is visually impaired, as well.

A Beautiful Heart of Service

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 27, 2016
  • 4 Comments
  • Family Retreats, Ways to Serve

CelesteThe desire to serve can awaken unexpectedly and even burst into full-fledged passion. One afternoon at work, as Celeste Sharpe greeted movie-goers, a surprise visit jostled her routine and nudged her into a life of service. Among the theater custom­ers were two familiar faces, Joni and Ken Tada! Their friendly greeting perked up her evening, but it was a conversation after the movie that warmed her spirit...

Life is an Adventure!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 5, 2016
  • 8 Comments
  • Joni's Posts, Family Retreats

KayakingWhen you’ve been in a wheelchair as long as I have, every summer that I can get out there and “do stuff” is pretty significant. Even though I'm past 65, I am still trying new things. Like when Ken and I went to our Joni and Friends’ Family Retreat in New England. It’s a beautiful camp, and on the edge of the property is a big lake...

Your Support Builds Strong Families at Family Retreat!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 3, 2016
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  • Family Retreats

Family RetreatWhen a special-needs family arrives at Family Retreat, your prayers and passion for ministry go before them, opening the door to a week of joy and restoration in Jesus Christ. You see, all year along, families with disabled children live on the edge of exhaustion—emotionally, spiritually, physically and financially. These families desperately need a place where they can let down their guard and breathe in God’s renewing presence...

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