Transform a Life this #GivingTuesday
“Go out quickly in the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame…go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full.” Luke 14:21-23 (NIV)
A world where every person with a disability finds hope, dignity, and their place in the body of Christ.
To glorify God as we communicate the Gospel and mobilize the global church to evangelize, disciple and serve people living with disability.
Wheels for the World™
Wheels for the World provides the gift of mobility along with the hope of the Gospel to people affected by disability worldwide.
Family Retreats offer a haven for families impacted by disability. In a fully accessible camp environment, families are cared for, rejuvenated, and encouraged in Christ.
International Family Retreats
In partnership with local churches, International Family Retreats provide Christ-centered care and encouragement in an accessible camp environment for families impacted by disability in developing countries.
Cause 4 Life, Global Missions and Internships
Cause 4 Life equips students for leadership in disability ministry. Through hands-on internships, students learn how to impact their churches and communities for Christ, advocating for justice and equality for all people impacted by disability.
Church Training Resources
Our Church Engagement team partners with churches to help create a disability-welcoming environment, providing resources and disability ministry training.
Christian Institute on Disability
The Christian Institute on Disability is the leading authority on disability-related issues from a biblical perspective, offering higher education, ministry training, and public policy that promotes a biblical understanding of life, human dignity, and the value of all individuals.
Joni and Friends radio provides hope and encouragement through Joni Eareckson Tada’s “Joni and Friends” and “Diamonds in the Dust” radio programs.
News, Stories, Inspiration
Journey with We Three Kings and Me!
I’ve got to tell you how much I love the design the Joni and Friends team chose for this year’s Joni Planner. I feel a little funny saying that, since my art is always featured—and it could seem, well… self-focused, but let me tell you why. When we designed the 2021 Joni Planner, I asked…
Finding Freedom Through Forgiveness
“What God gives us in suffering is more than he takes away.” Vaneetha Risner contracted polio as an infant, was misdiagnosed, and lived with widespread paralysis. In and out of the hospital for ten years, she faced bullying after each hospital stay. When she became a Christian, Vaneetha thought things would get easier, and for…
Carried to Thanksgiving
Years ago, during a season when I had to be in bed for a long time in order to heal pressure sores, Ken surprised me with an amazing gift – he rented a gurney. What kind of a gift is that, right? Well, just imagine: he rolled it through our house, to my bedside. Then…
Giving The Gift of Life This Christmas
Children with disabilities in poverty-stricken regions of the world aren’t thinking about what kind of Christmas gift might be under their tree this year. They’re wondering if they will survive to see another Christmas… or another day. In developing nations, nearly 80% of children with disabilities will not live to adulthood. Only 2% have access…
In-Person Family Retreats Are Back!
When retreat centers started opening up again, we were ready, and so were the special needs families we serve! During our two weeks of in-person Family Retreats in Oregon, families impacted by disability found renewed hope and new life after months of social isolation. The Happy Grams were flowing all week, sharing God’s love and Christ-centered encouragement with every…
Wheelchairs on Mission
Feeling like nothing I remember very well what my mom told me others were telling her—that nothing good would ever come from me, that it was not worth it to bring me to the school just for me to sit there and listen. I got sick when I was a year and a half old.…
God’s Grace in Chronic Illness
“God is sovereign and still good. Even when I think we are in some sort of holding pattern, He always makes a way through.” At just 18 years old, Mireille Blanchard developed a severe blood clotting disorder that was unknowingly triggered by her acne medication. When ER doctors discovered more than 36 blood clots lighting…
As I reflect back on the 40+ years since the founding of Joni and Friends, I am astounded at what God has done. I was 29 years old when God gave me the vision for this ministry – I was only a young adult, but I clearly recalled my hospital-days when I witnessed so much…
Of Blemishes and Bread
Let’s be honest, some verses in the Bible make us cringe. Here’s one of them: “No man of the offspring of Aaron the priest who has a blemish shall come near to offer the Lord’s food offerings; since he has a blemish, he shall not come near to offer the bread of his God.” Leviticus…
The Luke 14 Project: When Things Look Bleak, Where Can We Find Hope?
The Luke 14 Project is spreading hope through hardship around the world, reaching the darkest corners with the light of Jesus. For Yupin, a single mother living in a remote tribal village in Thailand, she found that hope through Joni and Friends. She found hope in Jesus. When Yupin attended our International Family Retreat with…