Month: January 2012

Heart for the Disabled Breaks all Records

January 30, 2012 | Comments Off on Heart for the Disabled Breaks all Records

No doubt you heard that Joni and Friends recently held Heart for the Disabled week – listeners to Joni’s radio program and readers of her blog sent in homemade Valentine cards, gift certificates, poems, copies of hymns, Scriptures, and letters of encouragement to five different special-need families. And this year was a record breaker –…

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A Prayer Warrior par excellence

January 30, 2012 | Comments Off on A Prayer Warrior par excellence
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We’re in Orlando and on Saturday the 28th, I had a chance to lunch with Vonette Bright, of Campus Crusade for Christ – she and her husband Bill started the ministry in 1951 to reach college students across the country; Campus Crusade is now on every continent reaching millions with the Good News of Jesus…

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Make Eye Contact!

January 30, 2012 | Comments Off on Make Eye Contact!
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Watch this video from Kids’ Corner about how to reach out to friends who are blind.

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My ‘Hope’ Tree

January 26, 2012 | Comments Off on My ‘Hope’ Tree
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Second Timothy 4:2 tells us to always be ready to give the Gospel both “in season and out of season.” Actually, most of my life in this wheelchair has been living for Jesus during those ‘out of season’ times (when my disability gets difficult). The last few weeks, in fact, have been a little challenging…

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Helping Churches Become Accessible!

January 26, 2012 | Comments Off on Helping Churches Become Accessible!

Mountain View Community Church in Colorado was built in 1907, long before ramps and elevators became common in church buildings. Joni and Friends’ Christian Fund for the Disabled provided a matching grant to the church in order to help them install an elevator (all while satisfying requirements of the Colorado State Historic Fund)! Pastor McConahy…

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Your Help Needed!

January 25, 2012 | Comments Off on Your Help Needed!
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Nothing lifts your spirits when you’re feeling low like a really nice note – maybe written from your best friend or even your teacher. Well, people with disabilities and their families sometimes face ‘low times’ when life seems extra hard. But you can help them! Check out Joni’s video over on Joni’s Corner and get involved –…

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Stephanie’s Story

January 23, 2012 | Comments Off on Stephanie’s Story
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One year ago, Stephanie and her mom were driving to Los Angeles when her mother lost control of her vehicle. They careened off an embankment and Stephanie was hurled from the car. After paramedics airlifted her to a nearby hospital, doctors told her that she would never walk again. An athletic senior about to graduate from high…

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News from Joni and Friends’ Christian Institute on Disability!

January 23, 2012 | Comments Off on News from Joni and Friends’ Christian Institute on Disability!
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People with disabilities continue to be greatly encouraged by the many new treatments using adult stem cell therapies. For instance, Christopher Lyles, a Baltimore cancer patient, now has a new trachea — and scientists say the approach shows great promise for the future. The 30-year-old man was diagnosed with an inoperable tumor in his windpipe…

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National Religious Broadcasters Induct Joni Eareckson Tada into NRB Hall of Fame

January 19, 2012 | Comments Off on National Religious Broadcasters Induct Joni Eareckson Tada into NRB Hall of Fame
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Joni Eareckson Tada, longtime ministry leader, radio host and disability advocate, has been selected to receive the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Hall of Fame Award at the group’s annual meeting next month. Founder of the Joni and Friends International Disability Center and host of the Joni and Friends radio and television programs, Tada has a…

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Traveling to Thailand!

January 19, 2012 | Comments Off on Traveling to Thailand!
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Sa-wah-de-kah! (That means hello in the Thai language). If you have a big globe of the world in your house (or if you don’t, try your school library), look for the country of Thailand. It’s an exotic land of elephants, monkeys and jungles. The Thai people are very polite and friendly. And right now, our Wheels for the…

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