Family Retreats

Fun at Family Retreat!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 7, 2016
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Jacob at Family RetreatA few years back, I got to experience kayaking for the first time at one of our Joni and Friends Family Retreats. The team of accessible recreation experts and volunteers got me into a two-seater kayak, and Ken paddled me out onto the pristine waters of Otter Lake — it was so much FUN! And that’s the kind of fun and thrill that adults and kids with disabilities get to experience at Family Retreat...

Your Support Builds Strong Families at Family Retreat

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 5, 2016
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  • Family Retreats

Thomas family at Family RetreatMeet the Thomas family—Willie, Tarra, their daughter Emma and grandma Karen—who attended Family Retreat last summer.

YOU’RE STRENGTHENING FAMILIES AT FAMILY RETREAT Caring for a child with intellectual and developmental disabilities leaves little room for spontaneity or times to rest and recharge. “It’s comforting to be at a place where you’re with other families who under­stand the same kind of life you have,” Tarra told us. “It’s great to have that support from other fami­lies and reminds us that we’re never alone.”

YOU GIVE LOVE TO FAMILIES THROUGH FAMILY RETREAT “It’s hard to leave this place,” Willie told us. “You feel loved like family and...

Family Retreat: A "Slice of Heaven"

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 24, 2016
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BobbieIt makes me smile to see young people serving at our Family Retreats — people like Bobbie featured in this video. Though there are many ways that she could spend her summers, for three years now, Bobbie has served as a volunteer at our camps for families affected by disability. That’s because for Bobbie...

Why we LOVE Family Retreats!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 10, 2016
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Matthew Short Term MissionaryI LOVE FAMILY RETREAT! I really do — and I’m not the only one. Matthew is what we at Joni and Friends like to call a “Short Term Missionary” (STM) and he’s been serving at our Family Retreats for 9 years! So, why does Matthew keep on coming back, summer after summer, to serve families affected by disability? Because in Matthew’s words, “Family Retreat is...

Signups Open for 2016 International Family Retreats!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 25, 2016
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Serve with us at a 2016 International Family Retreat!
At International Family Retreat, families living with disability find spiritual nourishment and community that is so often in short supply—especially in developing nations. Join us as we serve beyond borders with in-country partners to strengthen families with the love and hope of the Gospel. "In Ghana, many people believe that disability is a curse from God. But over the course of a Family Retreat, perspectives change as each family hears, straight from God’s word, the truth...

”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...

"Retreat Has Been an Oasis for Our Family"

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 12, 2016
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The Tillman Family at Joni and Friends Family RetreatFamilies come in need of spiritual strength and encouragement at Family Retreat. Jeris and Natalia Tillman found just that. “This time together at Family Retreat, has been much needed, beneficial, and a time of healing for our family,” Jeris told us. When the Tillman family first arrived to Retreat, they didn’t know what to expect or how people would react to Titus, their 7-year old son with autism. Would others accept Titus or stare at him when he had a meltdown? Would their feelings of exhaustion and isolation be magnified in this new environment? These were just some questions that filled their minds. Instead, their Retreat experience was filled with encouragement and acceptance from others. “We felt so comfortable and didn’t have to explain...

Family Retreat Registration Opens January 12!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 6, 2016
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STM and camper at Family RetreatWhy do special needs families call Family Retreat “a slice of heaven?” Because Jesus is everywhere – and with Him comes hope and joy! And at Retreat, everything’s possible because everything’s accessible! Save the Date… on Tuesday, January 12, Family Retreat registration opens for the 2016 season. Visit our Family Retreat page to view the Retreat schedule and learn what it’s like to attend as a family or serve as a Short-Term Missionary. And if you know of a special needs family who could be blessed by attending, pass on the information! These...

Thank You for Restoring God's Hope and Joy Worldwide!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 3, 2015
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A mother in Ghana receiving a wheelchair from Wheels for the WorldA young boy with disability having fun at Joni and Friends Family Retreat
Because of your love and faithful support in 2015, many more children with disabilities and their families experienced practical help and the love and hope of Christ through Wheels for the World and Family Retreats. Thank you! You made it possible for a family in Ghana to receive a wheelchair, a Bible in their own language, and to hear the message of Jesus’ love through Wheels for the World. And the...

You Gave the Greatest Gifts in 2016...The Gospel and Joy!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 8, 2015
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  • Family Retreats, Wheels For The World

WFTW El SalvadorBecause of your generosity and prayers in 2016, many more children with disabilities and their families experienced practical help and the love and hope of Christ through Wheels for the World and Family Retreats. Thank you! 

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