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Kahla & Lillian: A single mom finds help at Family Retreat

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 14, 2014
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Joni and LillianKahla was only 20 when six months into her pregnancy she was in a tragic accident. Miraculously, her baby survived, but little Lillian was born with cerebral palsy. Raising a special needs child as a single mother can be very challenging, but Kahla and Lillian have found help and hope at Family Retreat. The fellowship, fun, and resources at camp have encouraged this small family to press on in Christ. It’s why if you have a child with a disability, or know someone who does, we’d like to invite you to watch this short video of Kahla and Lillian at Family Retreat. And if you’d like to learn more about our Family Retreats, click here and then, pass on the info!

Meet Veronica Hache, Wheels for the World Physical Therapist

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 7, 2014
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Veronica HacheEvery year Joni and Friends distributes thousands of wheelchairs to developing nations—but we don’t do it alone. With the help of volunteers, translators, mechanics, and physical therapists, we are able to match the right wheelchair to each person’s individual needs. And serving alongside us on many wheelchair distributions is Veronica Hache—a stellar physical therapist who is fluent in Spanish! You just have to see her at work, assessing the needs of wheelchair users, showing gentleness to disabled children, instructing caregivers on proper care… Click here to watch a video to get a glimpse of Veronica’s work at our Wheels for the World outreach in El Salvador—and then, share it with your friends!

"Thank You, God, for the sky!"

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 3, 2014
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Didina seeing the sky for the first time in 3 decadesCan you imagine spending over half of your life in your bedroom, unable to get out of bed or go outside? This was the life of Didina. When at the age of 22 an unknown illness left Didina paralyzed, her husband and two children abandoned her—leaving Didina to be cared for by her mother. Since then, Didina spent thirty years lying on her bed, isolated from her gypsy community in Romania. Day by day, her depression grew, leading her to desire suicide. But all that changed when local pastors and our Wheels for the World went into Didina’s gypsy village to minister to people with disabilities. Our team of volunteers and physical therapists were able to fit Didina into a wheelchair and pastors shared the Gospel with her. And when Didina wheeled out of her bedroom into the streets, tears of joy began to flow! “Thank you, God, for seeing the sky! Thank you, God,” she said. Friend, this story does not end with Didina—because more people’s lives were transformed through the work of Wheels for the World in Romania. You can see it all here in this short video featuring our team...

The Wickersham's First Family Retreat!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 23, 2014
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When little Luke Wickersham was born, his parents had no warning that this little boy would have a disability. Luke was born with tuberous sclerosis—a condition caused by multiple brain tumors that resulted in developmental, speech, and behavioral delay, as well as numerous seizures each day. As you can imagine, this strained Brian and Jeresha’s marriage—and their relationship with God. It’s why their church recommended Luke and his family attend a Joni and Friends Family Retreat. But with Brian’s work schedule and Luke’s many surgeries and doctor visits, “taking a break” was not an option. Finally, just last year, Luke and his family were able to attend their first, Family Retreat—and boy, did they have a blast! Luke absolutely loved his volunteer STM (short term missionary), and his parents were even able to go on a date night! You have to hear—and see—it for yourself, so click here to watch a short video we did on the Wickersham family and their experience at Family Retreat. And don’t forget to share it with any special needs families you know!

Joni Shares Her Testimony

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 26, 2014
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Joni Eareckson Tada is a Christian mouth-painter, a singer, writer, disability activist, and a quadriplegic. But how did she get here? What left her paralyzed? And how did she develop a faith in Christ and a passion to serve those in need? In this video, Joni opens up to share with you her life testimony—from her childhood, to her diving accident, to her faith in Jesus and His plans. So, please, take a few minutes and watch this short video. We pray that it will inspire and encourage you to hold onto Jeremiah 29:11, that says, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to give you hope and a future.’” Because whatever your circumstance, God knows your needs—and your future! If you know someone who has a disability or illness, share this video with him or her, and remember: God’s plans are always good!

Heart for the Disabled Week

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 13, 2014
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Joni and Ken in the recording studioDid you tune in to Joni and Friends radio last week? Each day during Heart for the Disabled week, Joni featured a special needs family that can really benefit from Christian encouragement this winter. She’s invited you to join us in making this Valentine’s Day extraordinary for five special families by sending one (or more) of them a note of encouragement. When you send in a card or gift in care of Joni and Friends, we’ll package together all the mail that we receive and send it off to these families just in time for Valentine’s Day! In case you missed any of Joni’s programs last week, listen in online to hear the stories of these five special families: Day 1 – Jim, Cindy, and Family |Day 2 – Aaron | Day 3 – John, Joanne, and Family | Day 4 – Fred, Bev, and Tim | Day 5 – Paige and Tyson. Don't forget to...

 

Aaron Virgil: From Active Snowboarder to Quadriplegic

Aaron Virgil was an active young man. If he wasn’t hiking, he was driving down the coast on his bike; other times you might find him target shooting or working out. But his favorite sport? Snowboarding. It’s why when he obtained a new job position, Aaron knew snowboarding was the perfect way to celebrate. And so, he put on his gear and headed down the slopes. But that day Aaron lost control of a turn and collided with a tree, leaving him a ventilator-dependant, quadriplegic. Life has greatly changed for Aaron—and for his family. (You can hear more about Aaron’s story through this short video.) Because when disability hits unexpectedly, it’s hard to adjust. What’s more, often times newly disabled men and women lose hope during this time of transition. But the Bible tells us there is hope. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you...

Christmas Joy

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 23, 2013
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Joni sharing Christmas JoyDo you have a special Christmas memory? Watch as Joni shares a joyful (and humorous) memory from Christmas 1968, 18 months following her paralyzing accident. And after you watch, please share one of your favorite Christmas memories!

How To Think Positive This Christmas

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 16, 2013
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Christmas… the season for pie baking, gift shopping, tree decorating, and ice-skating. But what if your arthritic hands can no longer detangle Christmas lights? What if your paralyzed legs restrain you from skating on ice? Or your aging eyes can no longer read your classic family recipe? If this Christmas, you find yourself wishing you could do more or have more, you’re not alone. When Joni was first injured, she wrestled with many of these real, day-to-day struggles of being disabled over the holidays. But friend, you don’t have to be in a wheelchair to feel like you’re missing out during the Christmas season. With Christmas sales galore, holiday parties everywhere, and family photos that look like they’re straight out of Parents Magazine … it’s easy to feel left out. It’s why Joni would like to share with you how, rather than focusing on what you don’t have, you can focus on all that God has given you this Christmas: His precious Son, Jesus. So, take a moment to watch this short, Christmas video greeting from Joni and then, share it...

Integrating Children with Disabilities in Haiti

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 11, 2013
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In developing countries, people with disabilities are often treated as outcasts; this is especially true for children with special needs. Kids are often excluded from schools, mocked and bullied by other children, and neglected by their own families. But Luke 14 says, “When you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed." And yes, that includes children with disabilities. So how do we obey to the Word of God in Luke 14? Well, Jenny Jay, a Ministry and Missions intern, does it by serving with our Cause 4 Life ministry outreach in Haiti. There, Jenny worked with other interns on teaching typical children how to love and befriend kids with disabilities. Together, they played games, sang songs, and learned about Jesus’ love for all children. Curious to learn more about how Cause 4 Life is carrying out the Luke 14 mandate? Just watch this short video with a message from Jenny.

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