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Happy Thanksgiving!

All this week I am singing "Now Thank We All Our God" – it's one of the most treasured of Thanksgiving hymns. It was written around 1636 by German pastor, Martin Rinkhart. His walled city of Eilenburg became the refuge for political and military fugitives during the Thirty Years War. The result was overcrowding, deadly pestilence and famine. The Rinkart home became a refuge for many victims, even though Pastor Rinkhart was hard-pressed to provide for his own family. During the height of a severe plague in 1637, Rinkart was the only surviving pastor in Eilenburg, conducting as many as 4000 funerals in a year, including that of his wife. Despite so much death and discouragement, this remarkable saint could compose these stirring lyrics of gratitude to God! Oh friend, this week count your many blessings – safety, health,
and the opportunity to praise and thank God in our country!

People That Inspire Joni

In our journey through life, we all need people to inspire us along the way—and I’m no exception. I thank God for sending me true models of inspiration, and I have the pleasure of introducing you to some of them here.

Susanna Wesley

Susanna_WesleySusanna Wesley, born in 1669, was the 25th of 25 children! This great Christian saint understood the importance of “being raised in the nurture and admonition of the Lord,” given that she and her husband Samuel had 19 children. Nine of Susanna’s children died as infants… but two of her sons, John and Charles Wesley, went on to become great evangelists and theologians. She once wrote in a letter, “I look upon every soul under my charge as a talent committed to me under a trust. I am not a man nor a minister, but I spare every ...

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Amy Carmichael

Amy_CarmichaelWhen I think of great saints of the past, Amy Carmichael always comes to mind – I read her books when I was a teenager and a new Christian; her testimony inspired me tremendously. As a missionary to India in the early 1900s, Amy was heartbroken to see so many young girls enslaved in Hindu temple-prostitution. She founded an orphanage and rescued over 1,000 children who otherwise would have faced a bleak future. While serving in India, Amy received a letter from a woman who was considering life as a missionary – she asked Amy, “What is missionary life like?” to ...

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Share With Us Your Story

One of the best things about Joni and Friends is the "and Friends." That's you! Our ministry is a marvelous network of servants and leaders, young and old, able and disabled, from the U.S. and around the world, all of whom share a special love for the Lord Jesus, as well as a deep desire to make Him real to a skeptical world. You already know my story, but I'd like to hear yours -- burdens are lifted and joy is multiplied when we open our hearts to each other. So thank you for writing me and telling me about the Lord's work in your life. And who knows? Some of what you say may end up in one of our "Joni and Friends" radio programs or in one of our newsletters. Whichever, thank you for encouraging others (and encouraging me) with your story!

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