Month: May 2012

Shaping Young Hearts

May 31, 2012 | Comments Off on Shaping Young Hearts
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Earlier this week, boys and girls from Grace Community School came to the IDC for a visit – I always enjoy sharing my story and showing the children my art studio. The kids made ‘Gospel bracelets’ for our Wheels for the World outreach (you can see Allison explaining the black, red, white, blue, green and…

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Michael is in Glory!

May 30, 2012 | Comments Off on Michael is in Glory!
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I want you to know that I just received word that Michael, the quadriplegic with cancer whom I wrote about in my most recent blog post, passed away today, May 30 at 12:30 pm. When I spoke with him on the phone Monday, he sounded a little anxious, but I sang to him the hymn…

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The Lausanne Movement

May 30, 2012 | Comments Off on The Lausanne Movement
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As the month of May comes to a close, we want to thank you for taking the time to follow the Lausanne Conversation on giving the love of Christ to people with disabilities and their families. Your concern on this issue is so important because as followers of Jesus, we all must care about the…

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Praying for Children at Risk

May 30, 2012 | Comments Off on Praying for Children at Risk
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First Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Pray continually”, and that is what we want to do here at the Kids’ Corner! And what better time to think about this than this coming weekend, June 2-3. Why? Because it is World Weekend of Prayer for Children at Risk. This is a special weekend people have set aside to…

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Wise Words for Eternity…

May 28, 2012 | Comments Off on Wise Words for Eternity…
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I love hanging out with other quadriplegics, and last week I had a chance to ‘talk shop’ with our intern, Kevin, and Michael, a quadriplegic who was visiting the IDC that day. Michael told us he was just diagnosed with an aggressive kind of cancer with a 0% survival rate. We talked about many things,…

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Joni’s Joy Ride

May 25, 2012 | Comments Off on Joni’s Joy Ride
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Hey kids, this is Joni and I want you to see how my friend Angela and her neighbor ‘welcomed’ me to their home – they used sidewalk chalk to color a ‘path’ all the way to the door!  It was so much fun wheeling over all their artwork.  How would you welcome a wheelchair user…

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Ken’s Bonefish Bash in the Bahamas

May 25, 2012 | Comments Off on Ken’s Bonefish Bash in the Bahamas
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This weekend Ken and his Bible-study buddies head to the Bahamas for his annual ‘flyfishing for bonefish’ – see if you can pick him out in the photo (how about that beautiful rainbow above the Bahamian flats)! It’s hurricane season out in the Atlantic, so if the Spirit moves, pray for fair weather (also for…

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Changed at Family Retreat

May 24, 2012 | Comments Off on Changed at Family Retreat
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Have you experienced “realness” at Family Retreat? Jeremy and Trisha Iford arrived at Family Retreat with three kids in tow —Alaina, 7, has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, Addie is 5 and Levi is 1. “We were welcomed with open arms,” says Trisha. “The STM’s (Short Term Missionaries) are like older sisters that want to…

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Xièxiè

May 23, 2012 | Comments Off on Xièxiè
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Joni and Friends has been fitting wheelchairs for people with disabilities in China for more than ten years. The best part about this? We’ve been able to see growth! For instance, one year, Joni and Friends gave a wheelchair to a twelve year old girl named Qiaoling. But you already know we don’t only give…

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Matching Gift Opportunity!

May 22, 2012 | Comments Off on Matching Gift Opportunity!

Right now, we have a bountiful ministry opportunity. Some generous friends of Joni and Friends will match every gift you give, up to $250,000! With your help, we can raise $500,000! Worldwide, people with disability live in unimaginably difficult conditions. Even here in our own neighborhoods, they are often isolated, exhausted, and without hope. And…

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