Family Retreats

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...

Joy, Hope and God's Love at Family Retreat

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 30, 2016
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  • Family Retreats, Ways to Serve

Family RetreatIt can be all too common to hear special-needs families say, “We don’t always feel like our family is loved and accepted.” All year long, families caring for a disabled child live on the brink of exhaustion, isolation and discouragement. Disability demands every ounce of energy and can rip even the strongest marriages apart. These families need your help!...

Thank You, Donors!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 21, 2016
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  • Family Retreats, Wheels For The World

Thank You DonorsThank you for sending the Good News of the Gospel to people affected by disability! Here at home and across the globe, your faithful prayers and continuing support are sending hope and practical help through Wheels for the World, Family Retreats, and every ministry program at Joni and Friends.

We Need Your Help at Family Retreat!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 9, 2016
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  • Family Retreats

Castaway ClubFamily Retreat season is here and we need your help! The success of any Joni and Friends Family Retreat depends largely on having enough 'helping hands' to serve the special needs families who attend. This year, most of our Family Retreats filled up very quickly with families – but we don't have...

When Despair Takes Over

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 23, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, Family Retreats

Bonnie LiltzRecently I read a heartbreaking story about Bonnie Liltz, a mother who thought she was dying of ovarian cancer - despairing over what might happen to her adopted daughter, Courtney, who had cognitive limitations and CP, she tragically took her daughter's life. Bonnie was afraid that, after she died, her 23-year ...

You've Strengthened Families with Christ's Love

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 28, 2016
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  • Family Retreats

The Griffeth family enjoying time together at Joni and Friends Family RetreatSteve and Michelle Griffeth came with their daughter, Jessica, and son, Austin, who has autism, to Family Retreat. It’s easy for these parents to feel exhausted and alone when taking care of a child with a disability. It’s hard work and many people simply don’t understand what life with autism really entails. Parents are often pushed to the limit when they arrive at Retreat and need hope. “Our family was embraced and we felt included when we arrived at Family Retreat. This whole experience has been an eye opener and we were encouraged,” explained Steve. Throughout the week, Steve watched as his son connected with...

Noah and Naomi at Family Retreat

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 21, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, Family Retreats, Video Archives

Singing at Family RetreatUndoubtedly, one of the highlights of my year is attending a Family Retreat! And I especially enjoy watching all the little boys and girls with disabilities discover who they are in Christ — God’s wonderful and unique creation! Like little Noah, featured in this video. At Family Retreat, Noah loved his buddy Naomi. The two had all kinds of fun, including singing...

Celebrating 25 Years of Family Retreats!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 18, 2016
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  • In the Media, Family Retreats, Video Archives

Disability affects families 24/7. Relief is rarely available and daily hardships are made worse by isolation. But one week is different! For the Light family and so many others affected by disability, Family Retreat provides a week of acceptance, connection, and respite. And this year, Joni and Friends is celebrating 25 years of Family Retreats. Thank you for providing help and hope to families affected by disability for the past 25 years!

We Need You!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 14, 2016
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  • Family Retreats, Wheels For The World

We Need You: National Volunteer Week

It’s National Volunteer Week! At Joni and Friends, volunteers are at the heart and soul of all we do together to provide help and hope to people living with disability. They are lovers of Jesus, hard workers, people of prayer, and true visionaries – they understand that their contributions have a huge impact on people with disabilities and their families. If you’d like to get involved, we invite you to celebrate National Volunteer Week by signing up to serve at Family Retreat, International Family...

It's National Volunteer Week!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 10, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, Family Retreats

Getting ready to rock climb at Family RetreatWhen college student Scott signed up to volunteer with Family Retreats, he wasn’t sure what to expect. B.J. — a young man with multiple disabilities from church — had invited Scott, but the two had never really gotten to know each other … that is, until they got to spend one week together at Family Retreat. They had such...

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