International

Anniversary of Dr. Zhang Xu

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 12, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, International

Dr. Zhang Xu, Judy and RobynMy longtime friend, Judy Butler (pictured in blue), recently served as a volunteer at our International Family Retreat in China. After the retreat, she and her companion Robyn traveled seven hours on a train to Anshan to visit Dr. Zhang Xu (in the wheelchair). Zhang Xu broke his neck in a diving accident 19 ...

Meet Pastor Alex

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 1, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, International

Pastor Alex and JoniRecently Pastor Alex Boamah from Ghana, West Africa came by for a visit (he was in town visiting his sponsor church). Pastor Alex is doing a remarkable work reaching disabled children in his country with the love of Christ. He has even served as camp pastor for our International Family Retreats in Ghana. Pastor Alex shared how, as a young man, he once sought out...

Experience Family Retreat in Thailand

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 8, 2016
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  • International, Video Archives

IFR Thailand AttendeeWhat does a disability look like overseas? For parents and grandparents in countries like Ghana, Romania, and Mexico who care for children with disabilities, life can be very hard. Providing care with few resources while confronting social stigma can be a heavy burden to carry. But they don’t have to do it alone — actually, Galatians 6:2 tells us they should not have to carry it alone; As Christians, we are called to “carry each other’s burdens, and in that way, we fulfill the law...

Signups Open for 2016 International Family Retreats!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 25, 2016
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  • Family Retreats, International

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...

Serbian International Family Retreat

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 2, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, International

Judy ButlerWhen Family Retreats go international, they take on much of the feel and flavor of the culture in that country – and it happened recently in Serbia. Caregivers there are almost always family members – and they struggle against weariness and hopelessness. It’s why I was so proud that my former executive assistant, Judy Butler, served on the International Family Retreat leadership team in Serbia. Here she is teaching a group of Serbian caregivers helpful info on alleviating the daily stress of giving care to a loved one with a disability (Judy should know; she was my...

Thank You, Monthly Donors!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 9, 2015
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  • International, Ways to Serve

Thank YouEvery month, you are 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 every ministry program at Joni and Friends.

Global Access Conference 2015 Advances the Worldwide Disability Ministry Movement

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 12, 2015
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, International

Joni Eareckson Tada speaking at Global Access Conference 2015Conference attendees at Global Access 2015
In February, Joni and Friends hosted the first Global Access Conference, with 1,000 attendees traveling to southern California from 54 countries and 39 states. Speakers Joni Eareckson Tada, Nick Vujicic, Lon Solomon, and Dr. Charles Ware set the tone for a joyful, Spirit-filled week. Pastors, educators, and lay people from all around the world attended workshops and round table discussions. Together, they forged ...

Global Access 2015: Add Your Voice

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 17, 2014
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  • In the Media, Christian Institute on Disability, International, Video Archives

Have you registered? Between February 17–20, 2015, join as disability leaders, ministers, educators and world changers unite to share disability ministry experiences. Learn how you can effectively promote disability ministry in the Christian community! You won’t want to miss speakers Joni Eareckson Tada, John Stonestreet, Nick Vujicic, and many more! Add your voice to the conversation: http://globalaccessconference.org/

International Family Retreats: God Uses You to Knit Families Back Together in Christ 

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 22, 2014
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  • Family Retreats, International

Wilson holding his son while reading Another Kind of CourageLike many fathers in Ghana, West Africa, Wilson carried a deep grudge against God for giving him a disabled son. In African culture, disability is a curse and a shame to a man’s family name. Wilson remained in his marriage and provided for his family, but he never held his son, Richard. He never helped his wife care for him. For 14 years, Wilson stoically turned his back on his little boy. But your support provided an International Family Retreat in Ghana, and Wilson attended with his family. There, Wilson and other dads of disabled children saw their children through God’s eyes for the first time. Joni and Friends’ book for dads, Another Kind of Courage, was used as...

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