For those with disabilities in less-developed countries, their health will often deteriorate due to lack of therapy, adequate housing and care, and a proper fitting wheelchair. It’s why we at Joni and Friends make every effort to provide desperately needed mobility and the Gospel of Jesus to people with disabilities around the world. And we can only do it through the help of friends like you. Visit our Wheels for the World page to learn how you can help distribute wheelchairs and Bibles to people in need. And to inspire you, here’s a short video on what our Wheels for the World ministry is doing worldwide.
Maria lived in extreme poverty in Guatemala. Her husband, ashamed of their daughter’s disability, abandoned the family, leaving them homeless. But through your generosity and the help of our ministry partners and volunteers, we were able to build a “casa” for Maria, that is, a home for her and her family. Want a sneak peak at how we did it? Take a look at this short video clip. We know it will encourage all who watch it, so share it with your friends. And don’t forget to check out the rest of Maria’s story by watching the full TV episode, A Casa for Maria.
The National Day of Prayer is right around the corner, and Christians across America will soon be uniting together to lift heartfelt cries before Almighty God. Join us this Thursday, May 2, in asking the Lord to send a Spirit-blessed revival across our nation. You can find a National Day of Prayer observance in your community or start one with your Bible study group or neighbors. And to give you a little motivation, here’s a short video message from Joni on this very topic. Let’s get praying, friend, because remember: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:11-12).
How much does it take you to get a kid to smile? Usually, it’s just a funny face or a promise to pick up some ice cream after school, but when it came to Katherine, getting this teenager with autism and developmental delays to smile was a challenge. It’s why our volunteers at Family Retreat made an effort to get to know Katherine (her likes and dislikes, her specific needs) — because we know that helping a family with special needs requires a big heart of service. And it’s we’re asking you to join us as we serve these families by signing up as a short-term missionary (volunteer) for our Family Retreats … So, did Katherine ever smile? Look for yourself with this short video taken from our TV episode, “Katherine’s Smile.”
They say approximately 90% of marriages affected by disability end in divorce, but after more than 30 years of marriage, Joni and Ken are breaking the odds. But that doesn’t mean Joni and Ken have not faced their fare share of troubles. So, whether you are disabled or not, if you are married or planning on getting married, listen to Joni and Ken’s marriage advice by visiting Joni’s radio page this week. And, of course, don’t forget to check out their new book, Joni & Ken: An Untold Love Story — a book that reveals the hope of Christ through this marriage’s greatest trials. Here’s a sneak peak video of what it’s all about.
How does it feel to be “overwhelmed by God’s love”? Well, according to Paige, a mother of child with special needs, that’s just what you feel when you come to one of our Family Retreats. Because at Family Retreats, you won’t just hear about God’s love, you’ll see it — you’ll feel it! When you help a boy with cerebral palsy swim in a pool, or when another hurting parent embraces you and prays over you, you can’t help but be overwhelmed by the love of Jesus. Curious to learn more? Just check out this video clip highlighted three special needs families and volunteers whose lives will never be the same. Better, yet, come and experience God’s love this summer at a Family Retreat!
When Jasmine’s little brother, Joey, with spina bifida passed away, their family saw God’s love through the help of Family Retreat friends and volunteers. Jasmine knew that Joey’s wheelchair was to become a gift of hope to some other child with a disability, but never did she expect the plans that God had for her life and the life of others. You won’t want to miss this inspirational message, so click here to watch this video clip of Jasmine and her story.
For families affected by disability, life can often consist of one challenge after another. It’s why every year Joni and Friends asks you to join us for our Heart for the Disabled ministry. With your notes, bible verses, poems, and gift cards you can encourage five families with special needs. We’ve been called to love one another with the love of Christ, so mail in your notes to Joni and Friends and we’ll make sure to send them to the families just in time for Valentine’s Day. And if you’d like to learn more about Heart for the Disabled and the families, visit our radio page.
Thank you for listening to Joni and Friends radio this week to hear about 5 special needs families that you can encourage this Valentine’s Day. Cards have already been arriving to bless these special families! If you’d like to mail a note , please send it to Joni and Friends as soon as possible; we’ll bundle up all the cards and gifts to deliver to these families just in time for Valentine’s Day! In case you missed any details, please listen online to meet these 5 families:
Day 1 - Joffre and Kathy
Day 2 - Sara
Day 3 - Josh and Jackie
Day 4 - Kim Family
Day 5 - Ryan and Lisa
It’s that time again… Heart for the Disabled Week! This week on Joni and Friends radio, Joni is sharing about five special needs families that can really use the encouragement of Christ. Each day, as Joni shares about a family that attended last year’s Family Retreat, she’ll give you the opportunity to encourage them by sending a Valentine’s card, scripture, or brief note letting them that you are praying for their family. Mail in your note to Joni and Friends and we’ll bundle up all the cards that come in and send them to the families in time for Valentine’s Day! Their hearts will be strengthened to receive a word of encouragement from you – so check out all the details on the Joni and Friends radio page!