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6 Ways Your Church Can Welcome People with Disabilities

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 11, 2016
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  • In the Media, Christian Institute on Disability, Disability Awareness

6 WaysMore than 1 billion people in the world are affected by disability and, like all of us, children and adults with disabilities have a great need to belong. Churches are uniquely designed to come alongside these families, so just how do they heed the call for disability ministry? In an article for Outreach magazine adapted from the upcoming Beyond Suffering Bible...

Joni and Friends' 4 Pillars of Sustainable Strategy

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 20, 2016
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  • In the Media

BCWIRecently, Joni and Friends President and CEO, Doug Mazza, was interviewed by Best Christian Workplaces Institute about workplace culture and strategy. He shared the four primary pillars (which have more to do with people than programs) that have helped shape...

Bible Gateway Hosts Joni on Facebook Live!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 14, 2016
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  • In the Media

Joni Did you enjoy seeing Joni in the recording studio last month on Facebook Live? We have another opportunity for you to join Joni live on Facebook, and this time, she’s answering your questions! Joni will be doing a “live takeover” of the Bible Gateway Facebook page to answer your questions...

Joni and Friends Releases Third Free Irresistible Church E-book: "Engaging Game Changers"

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 23, 2016
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  • In the Media

Engaging Game ChangersThe third book to launch in our Irresistible Church series, “Engaging Game Changers,” is aimed at helping churches recruit, train and coach volunteers who can make a true difference in disability ministry. The book is available as a free Kindle download on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and other online bookstores.

The first book in the series, “Start with Hello,” quickly shot to #1 in the social issues and special needs category on Amazon, showing the need for individuals and...

Joni's Statement on the Glamorization of Physician-Assisted Suicide in the New Film Me Before You

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 8, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

Joni and KenIn light of the fact that California’s new physician-assisted suicide law goes into effect tomorrow (Thursday, June 9), following closely on the heels of the newly-released film, Me Before You, I wanted to sound an alarm about this egregious legislation and the glamorization of it.

In the movie, the quadriplegic says to his loved one, “I don’t want you to miss all the things someone else can give you.” Instead, he took away everything she wanted from him – his love and the essence of who he was – when he decided to end his life. Not only does this movie...

Where Are You Reading the #JoniBook?

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 31, 2016
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  • In the Media, What's New in Our Store

Joni BookIt’s hard to believe that it’s been 40 years since Joni: An Unforgettable Story was first published. But four decades later, Joni’s story of triumphant faith in the face of incredible loss is still inspiring millions. Have you been encouraged by Joni’s autobiography? Join us in celebrating this special book anniversary by sharing where you are reading the Joni book! During the month of June, take a photo of yourself reading the Joni book (or with friends) and post it on your Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook account along with the hashtag #JoniBook.

FedEx Freight Supports in Transporting Wheelchairs

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 23, 2016
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  • In the Media, Wheels For The World

FedEx Freight Supports Joni and Friends in Transporting WheelchairsFedEx Freight is working with Joni and Friends International Disability Center to transport used wheelchairs from local collection sites to correctional facilities where they are restored. Since the beginning of the year, FedEx Freight has transported 1,734 wheelchairs to locations throughout the country for restoration. Joni and Friends then uses container ships to deliver newly reconstructed wheelchairs to countries such as China, Cuba, Ghana, India and Thailand. In these countries, volunteers of Joni and Friends’ Wheels for the World outreach ministry fit each wheelchair to the recipient’s individual needs and provide training in its use and upkeep. Joni and Friends collects more than 10,000 wheelchairs each year...

Joni and Friends Joins Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 3, 2016
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Joni and Friends International Disability CenterThe Joni and Friends International Disability Center is excited to announce that it will be joining the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, May 24, at 4:30 pm. The Greater Conejo Valley Chamber is one of the largest chambers in the western U.S., with more than 1,000 members, and is a 5-star accredited organization by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “We are grateful the chamber has seen the benefit to partnering with a non-profit organization such as ours,” said Joni and Friends President Doug Mazza. “We believe this will be a mutually beneficial relationship, as we bring great expertise and resources in the area of serving individuals affected...

It's time to pray for our Nation!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 2, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

National Day of PrayerThis week marks a very important time … a time to pray for our nation. On Thursday, May 5, Christians across America will gather together to pray for our country in honor of the National Day of Prayer. And you can join the effort. 1 Timothy 2:2 says, “Pray … for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.” Get together with your ...

Sam, the Dancing Barista

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 19, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

Chris and SamIf you’re on Facebook, then you’ve probably come across the story of Sam “the dancing barista.” Sam is a 17-year-old who last year met Chris, a Starbucks store manager, at a camp for kids with autism. Sam shared with Chris that one of his dreams was to be a barista — but he wasn’t sure how he could work at a coffee shop. Well that’s when Chris had an idea … and after speaking with Sam’s parents, he extended a job offer to Sam. And now? Sam works as a barista at his local Starbucks! Because of his autism and movement disorder, Sam has to “dance” to help him focus on his work. But it’s his dancing — his need to be in constant movement — which has made him a social media sensation. And it’s a great reminder for you and me of 2 Corinthians 12: 9, where the Lord says, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So good on you Chris and Starbucks, for having a heart for the disabled! And in honor of National Autism Awareness Month, share this story with your friends!

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