From Tears to Laughter

  • April 19, 2017
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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. Signing up for Family Retreat was a step of faith for Suzanna. As the week approached, she got more reticent. Often her son Gabriel, who has special needs, he cries through the day and Suzanna kept thinking, “What if I go to all the effort of getting to the retreat and Gabriel does nothing but cry the entire time?” It seemed like a miserable situation for them both. In the end though, Suzanna took the risk. When they arrived, Gabriel met his volunteer, Carlos. Instantly, the two became friends. Carlos learned what Gabriel liked and did not like. He also picked up Gabriel’s unique way of communicating. Carlos even found what made Gabriel laugh. In fact, the two spent the whole week laughing! And that was such a sweet gift from the Lord to Suzanna. Would you like to serve at a Family Retreat like Carlos? Then join us and sign up today at

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