In the Media

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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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!

Celebrating 25 Years of Family Retreats!

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

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've Got This!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 2, 2016
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We've Got This - Providing Respite for Families Affected by DisabilityFollowing last month’s release of Start With Hello, the second book in the Irresistible Church series is now available in online bookstores. “We’ve Got This!” explores the area of respite – a time of rest and refreshment desperately needed by family members of a loved one with special needs. “Whenever a family first faces disability, a dream has been altered. The loss of that dream or expectation leads to grief—grief that is every bit as real and challenging as the physical death of a loved one. As parents are grieving, they are simultaneously thrown into a world of intense discovery, uncertainty, added expense, long hours, and emotional exhaustion. Many find that it is no longer easy to be included in social and recreational activities and become increasingly isolated. Marriages grow fragile under the strain of new financial obligations, exhaustion, and the lack of time or energy to work on the marriage relationship. But when a church can step into this situation and give these parents a few hours ‘off,’ it is like offering a refreshing...

Today's "Culture of Death"

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 21, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

Today's "Culture of Death"Someone once said that “The health of a civilization depends on how its society treats the elderly, the newborn, the unborn, people with disabilities, the poor, and those who are homeless.” There is a culture of death that is sweeping this country, and it is turning our society into a people that are fearful of suffering...

My interview with Pastor Shawn Thornton

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 14, 2016
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Pastor Shawn ThorntonPastor Shawn leads one of the most influential churches in Southern California, and it's just down the freeway from Joni and Friends — recently, I zipped over to his recording studio to do a 2-part interview on his program, “All Things New.” We talked about my accident...

5,000 wheelchairs restored Arizona State Prison!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 10, 2016
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Arizona State PrisonEvery year, our Wheels for the World teams travel to countries like India, El Salvador, China and Ghana — providing wheelchairs and Bibles to adults and children with disabilities. Hundreds of thousands have received the gift of mobility and the hope of Jesus, but none of it could be done without the help of prisoners...

New "Irresistible Church" Book Series

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 5, 2016
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Start with Hello bookIs your church a place of belonging? Do you want your church to be irresistible? An Irresistible Church is an authentic community built on the hope of Christ that compels people affected by disability to fully belong. And with the goal of introducing and training churches on how to lead a special needs ministry, we’ve kicked off our brand new “Irresistible Church” book series with the first release, “Start with Hello.” Listed for free on Kindle, this powerful resource has already reached #1 in 2 different Amazon bestseller categories as it book meets a need of so many churches – how to become welcoming to all people, and especially those with special needs. Download this free book for practical advice on...

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