Month: June 2011

What’s Up For Summer?!

June 30, 2011 | Comments Off on What’s Up For Summer?!
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School is out, July is here, and – yippee! – it’s time to go swimming, pack a picnic, head to the beach, sleep in the backyard, or play ball until dark! And what did Joni like to do for summer when she was on her feet? Take a look at this photo – she’s almost a…

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Thanks for Standing With Me!

June 29, 2011 | Comments Off on Thanks for Standing With Me!
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After I came home from my PET scan yesterday, I was so touched to see so many comments and encouragements on my blog – thank you for praying for me, because we sure needed it! Having them poke around to find a good vein… maneuvering my wheelchair up into the trailer on that forklift… lifting me…

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It’s 20 Years of Family Retreats and Counting!

June 29, 2011 | Comments Off on It’s 20 Years of Family Retreats and Counting!
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This week marks the 20th anniversary of our Family Retreats – it was 1991 when we held our first retreat for disabled people and their families at Spruce Lake in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Yesterday, Ken and I whipped out a fun video greeting, congratulating the group at Spruce Lake this week. Click on the video and…

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PET Scan Prayers…

June 27, 2011 | Comments Off on PET Scan Prayers…
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On the afternoon of June 28, I’ll have my first PET scan since last year’s chemotherapy – we’re very optimistic for an “all clear” report, and the neat thing is, God continues to give Ken and me great opportunities to share our confidence in Christ (I think Ken has given out at least 68 ‘Joni’s…

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“Proclaim his Name among the nations!”

June 27, 2011 | Comments Off on “Proclaim his Name among the nations!”
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Wheels for the World is preparing to head to the nation of Jordan with 200 wheelchairs and Joni books in Arabic – and already, we’re asking God for his favor over this unique outreach into the heart of the Middle East. The trip dates are November 9–November 19, 2011, and our good friend Gene Newman…

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Meet My Special Guests!

June 23, 2011 | Comments Off on Meet My Special Guests!
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If you were tired of living on the streets of Hollywood; tired of drugs and night life…where would you turn? Many turn to Jesus Christ through the ministry of the Walter Hoving Home, a special outreach led by my friends, John and Elsie Benton. The women enter a rehab program which involves a structured regimen to help…

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Cause 4 Life in China!

June 23, 2011 | Comments Off on Cause 4 Life in China!
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Our Cause 4 Life summer interns are having a great time at an orphanage in China conducting evaluations, assessments, and specialized training for the teachers and caregivers. Four of our interns are graduate-level students studying Special Ed and Autism, and the others are disability specialists seeking to serve in disability missions.  This awesome team is…

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Chuck Musfeldt

June 22, 2011 | Comments Off on Chuck Musfeldt
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It’s pretty special when you have a friend who serves as your go-to guy when you have a question about what’s appropriate or right-or-wrong. Dr. Chuck Musfeldt was such a friend to Ken and me – he lived and breathed scripture and in more than a few sticky situations I wondered, What would Dr. Chuck do? Until…

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Sarah Kritikos

June 20, 2011 | Comments Off on Sarah Kritikos
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Sarah Kritikos was lonely. With multiple disabilities and medical issues, she wondered if she’d ever have a true friend. Her prayer was answered when she met Lydia at Family Retreat and the Lord formed a bond between them that filled a vacancy in both of their hearts.

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A Bible Bee Blast!

June 20, 2011 | Comments Off on A Bible Bee Blast!
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Take a look at these happy children, all of whom are participating in the Bible Bee memorization program with their families this summer (their parents brought them for a tour of the International Disability Center). A few may even make it to the National Bible Bee competition in Nashville this fall. These boys and girls understand Psalm…

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