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Thank You, Awana Kids!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 30, 2015
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Joni and Awana Kids!Recently the local chapter of Awanas decided to make Wheels for the World their missions project – after working hard doing chores in the home, the yard, and the neighborhood, these boys and girls collected enough money to sponsor five pediatric wheelchairs! (Every time a kid brought in their earnings, they...

Vital Parts of the Body

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 29, 2015
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Ross (right) and a volunteerGod has a special reason for creating people with cognitive disabilities – and this recent article in WORLD magazine illustrates beautifully (and specifically) how a church can be enriched by embracing children and adults with intellectual disabilities. It's well researched, well written...

Global Access is Coming up Soon

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 28, 2015
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by Ann Morrow LindberghAs you probably know, our Global Access Conference is coming up February 17-20 in Westlake Village, CA. Hundreds of leaders in disability ministry will be attending from across the US and around the world—and I don't want you to miss it! Even if you are brand new to disability outreach, come and discover how God wants you to serve the same people Jesus ministered to: people with disabilities. Speakers include Nick Vujicic and over 50 others. To receive the lowest possible registration fee, use the priority code “guest” at globalaccessconference.org. Space is limited so don’t delay. Share this post with your FB friends… and I hope to see you there!

Abby Buursma

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 26, 2015
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Joni, Ken, and the Buursma FamilyAbby

See the cute little blonde sitting on my knee? That's Abigail Buursma, along with her family at a Joni and Friends Family Retreat (her handsome brother, Paul, is the kid in the chair :-). I'm guessing this photo was taken in the late 1990s and, since then, Abby has grown leaps and bounds. She recently graduated from Calvin College, and is now serving as our project coordinator for Joni and Friends Chicago. This young...

The Cup of Suffering

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 25, 2015
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Jesus praying in the garden of GethsemaneWhen in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus fell to His knees and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not as I will, but as you will.” Jesus was asking to not have to face the cross. Moments later, though, when the soldiers came to arrest Him, Jesus did not resist. He said to Peter; “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” Did you get that? Jesus' mindset was to no longer avoid the cross if possible; no, now, He was ready to unflinchingly embrace the cross. That should speak to us. If you’re facing a terrible trial, by all means pray that if it is God’s...

Josiah's Lesson

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 23, 2015
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  • Joni's Posts, Family Retreats

Joni and JosiahOn my shelf sits this photo of me and Josiah, enjoying a little play-time at last summer's Spruce Lake Family Retreat. Whenever I glance at it, I'm reminded of the uplifting words of Psalm 36:5, "Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies." Truly, from the lips of infants He has ordained praise (Psalm 8:2). Thank you, Josiah – and I thank God today for how He uses everything and everybody to keep pointing us to His glorious Word!

Vaneetha Rendall on 'Asking for Help'

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 21, 2015
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WheelchairMy friend Vaneetha walks with a pronounced limp and deals daily with the limitations of post-polio syndrome. Vaneetha reflects, “I didn’t want to have needs; I wanted to be needed. I didn’t want to be a burden; I wanted to lift others’ burdens.” But somewhere along the line, she discovered the ministry of asking for help. In a recent issue of Today's Christian Woman online, Vaneetha shares the difficulty and blessing Christians experience when we reach out ask...

Thanking Our Provider

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 19, 2015
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Joni and Friends StaffPhilippians 4:19 says, "My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." We are so grateful for the way God meets the needs of the disabled people and their families we serve at Joni and Friends. With every prayer and dollar given, God keeps shining His love through Wheels for the World, Family Retreats, our...

Mary's Straws

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 17, 2015
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Mary's JoyMary Hunt is 33 years old, has cerebral palsy, and loves using Baja Fresh straws – for her, the long, sturdy straws the easiest to use (with my disability, I understand; it's why I love Starbucks straws ). There's a problem, though – there are no Baja Fresh stores in Mary's little Oregon town. Her mother, Andra, went to a Baja Fresh in California, shared Mary's story, and the manager happily sold her 150 straws for just $5. When I watched Mary's reaction to her mom's gift, it brought tears – she reminded me how we all ought to respond to small...

Should Fears about Suffering Drive Social Policy?

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 15, 2015
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Today's Christian WomanThere are new efforts afoot in various state assemblies across America to legalize assisted suicide in 2015. Why the growing tide of interest? Since the well-publicized assisted-suicide of Brittany Maynard, many people believe that so-called 'aid in dying' should be...

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