International

Global Access Conference – Where Disabilities and Possibilities Meet

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 4, 2014
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  • In the Media, Christian Institute on Disability, International
Global Access ConferenceRegistration is now open for the first Global Access Conference presented by Joni and Friends! Taking place February 17-20, 2015, this international disability ministry conference will bring together disability leaders, ministers, and educators from around the world to share experiences and teach how to practically and effectively promote disability ministry in the Christian community. With speakers such as Joni Eareckson Tada, Doug Mazza, Eddy Bazin, and Charles Ware, you will learn how to create and pursue advanced disability initiatives within church and cultural communities, as well as build lasting networks of support and education throughout the international disability community. Learn more about Global Access and secure your registration today!

Serve with Wheels for the World in Central America!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 18, 2013
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  • International, Wheels For The World

Girl receiving wheelchair at Wheels for the World outreachAre you a Physical or Occupational Therapist looking for ways to serve in 2014? Joni and Friends has an immediate need for Seating Therapists to serve at our Central American Wheels for the World outreaches in February. Partner with us to bring the precious gift of mobility to people with disability in El Salvador (February 11 - 23) or in the Dominican Republic (February 28 - March 8)! Follow the links to learn more about these outreaches and apply today!

A Life-Transforming Gift

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 13, 2013
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  • International, Video Archives, Wheels For The World

Can you imagine being trapped in your bedroom for 30 years? After becoming paralyzed at 22, Didina was abandoned by her husband and children. Without a wheelchair and left to her elderly mother’s care, Didina spent 3 long decades in bed. But hope came when our Wheels for the World team visited Didina's home in Romania. Watch as she receives a life-transforming gift!

An STM's Experience in Guatemala

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 6, 2013
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  • Family Retreats, International

Amy Greeb at International Family RetreatWhen STMs sign up to volunteer at a Joni and Friends Family Retreat, they often expect to encourage a family affected by disability. But as they serve, STMs are often just as blessed as the people they hope to encourage. Amy Greeb shares her experience at International Family Retreat in Guatemala... "I am so thankful for the experience I received serving in Guatemala at Family Retreat. I was expecting to go and “help God out” by encouraging families affected by disability, but once I was there, I realized I can’t do anything without Him. When I desperately needed God to help me with...

 

More International Family Retreats – Serbian Style

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 11, 2013
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  • Joni's Posts, International
Woman holding Joni book in SerbianZdravo from Serbia! Can you believe it? Family Retreats in Serbia?! Yes, and we were able to give the standard Family Retreat program a real Balkan twist! Don and Cindy Prince of Joni and Friends West Michigan helped provide leadership and give the Gospel to these families of special-needs children. A wonderfully enthusiastic group of volunteers (STMs) from the US helped energize everyone with games and super-fun activities – one of the STMs is Amy, our Cause 4 Life intern; she specializes in communications/autism and was able to provide helpful autism 'education' to Serbian moms and dads. Barriers came crumbling down as parents received one-on-one consultation – and most had never heard that their child could be a "blessing from God." Tears flowed freely and in hearts were wide-opened to the Spirit of Jesus. So thank you, friend, for your gifts and prayers that make ministry like this possible!  (See more photos)

Cause 4 Life Interns in Uganda

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 2, 2013
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  • Christian Institute on Disability, International, Cause 4 Life

Interns serving in UgandaInterns serving in UgandaInterns serving in Uganda
As a part of our Cause 4 Life internship program, interns receive hands-on disability ministry experience, often serving on an international mission trip. Recently, we had a team of interns return from a very encouraging and fruitful trip to Uganda – it was filled with opportunities to show God’s love to many people touched by disability! Here’s an exciting update from our Cause 4 Life team leader: “The Uganda trip was absolutely amazing! We were able to serve at the school in the classrooms, train special education teachers, and put on VBS activities. We also served on a field trip to the airport and...

Total Access: Bringing Accessibility to Guatemala

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 5, 2012
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  • International

Cutting the ribbon at the Municipal BuildingWheeling up the Municipal ramp for the first time
In 1994, a handful of dedicated workers, most of them with disabilites, opened a wheelchair repair shop in Guatemala named Bethel Ministries International. But repairing wheelchairs was just the beginning... In their community, access to public buildings was sorely lacking! So the team dedicated themselves to raising awarneness about the importance of accessibility. This year they celebrated a milestone as a result of their...

Greetings From Peru!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 26, 2012
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  • Family Retreats, International

families at the international family retreat in peruWith so many Peruvian special needs families being loved in Christ’s name this week at our first International Family Retreat in Peru, it’s no wonder they’re saying “We are all having a wonderful time experiencing God's grace!” This Family Retreat is one of 14 other Retreats that Joni and Friends is hosting this year in developing nations around the world. Through these Retreats, we’re reaching into the uttermost parts of the earth where the light of Christ is so needed, embracing...

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