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Celebrating 25 Years of Family Retreats!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 18, 2016
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Disability affects families 24/7. Relief is rarely available and daily hardships are made worse by isolation. But one week is different! For the Light family and so many others affected by disability, Family Retreat provides a week of acceptance, connection, and respite. And this year, Joni and Friends is celebrating 25 years of Family Retreats. Thank you for providing help and hope to families affected by disability for the past 25 years!

Fun at Family Retreat!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 7, 2016
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Jacob at Family RetreatA few years back, I got to experience kayaking for the first time at one of our Joni and Friends Family Retreats. The team of accessible recreation experts and volunteers got me into a two-seater kayak, and Ken paddled me out onto the pristine waters of Otter Lake — it was so much FUN! And that’s the kind of fun and thrill that adults and kids with disabilities get to experience at Family Retreat...

Family Retreat: A "Slice of Heaven"

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 24, 2016
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BobbieIt makes me smile to see young people serving at our Family Retreats — people like Bobbie featured in this video. Though there are many ways that she could spend her summers, for three years now, Bobbie has served as a volunteer at our camps for families affected by disability. That’s because for Bobbie...

Why we LOVE Family Retreats!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • March 10, 2016
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Matthew Short Term MissionaryI LOVE FAMILY RETREAT! I really do — and I’m not the only one. Matthew is what we at Joni and Friends like to call a “Short Term Missionary” (STM) and he’s been serving at our Family Retreats for 9 years! So, why does Matthew keep on coming back, summer after summer, to serve families affected by disability? Because in Matthew’s words, “Family Retreat is...

Experience Family Retreat in Thailand

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 8, 2016
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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...

It's "Heart for the Disabled" Week!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 11, 2016
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Heart for the DisabledEvery year, we meet so many families whose everyday lives are impacted by disability: weary single-moms who worry about making ends meet, siblings who patiently help their brother with autism, grandparents who lovingly care for a baby with neonatal withdrawal ... Families that need encouragement from Christians like you. And it’s why at the start of the year, we select five families affected by disability to be the recipients of “Hearts for the Disabled.” You can participate by sending a Valentine’s...

Josie's Story

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 29, 2015
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Josie's StoryEven though weeks have passed since our summertime season of Family Retreats, the memories remain fresh and bright. Just what inspires a kid about Family Retreat? Take a minute to listen to little Josie describe her week at our Joni and Friends/New England Family Retreat. For disabled kids and their siblings, there’s no place like a Joni and Friends’ Family Retreat! So pass on the word to a special...

Beautiful Orthodoxy

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 24, 2015
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Ken and JoniAs we grow older, or a family member ages or sustains a life-altering disability, we’re often quick to say, “I don’t want to be a burden.” And with 48 years of quadriplegia, I’m the first to confess that thought has crossed my mind. But when it comes to families — especially Christian families — it’s our calling to depend upon one another. In a society that boasts individualism, the Christian family can showcase sacrificial service to the world. God designed my disability not to make me “independent,” but “interdependent.” That’s the beauty...

Don Bania - An Awesome Volunteer

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Aug. 18, 2015
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Don and JoniI always enjoy connecting with other quadriplegics who love Christ and are energized by a good challenge. Take my longtime friend, Don Bania. Don and his wife, Mary, help collect wheelchairs in the upper Midwest for our Wheels for the...

48 Years as a Quadriplegic

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 30, 2015
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Joni interviewed on 100 Huntley StreetIn 1967, a reckless dive into shallow water completely changed my life. I was only 17 and doctors were telling me I would never be able to use my hands or legs again. Those were dark days back then — days filled with anger towards God; days when I would tell my sister, “Just close the drapes, turn off the lights, shut the...

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