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Month: June 2012

A Touch Tells All…

June 30, 2012 | Comments Off on A Touch Tells All…
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Sometimes the most candid photos at a Family Retreat are the most powerful. Take this one of camper Brian (on the left) and his young STM, Nick. He may still be a young teenager, but you can tell Nick has a heart of maturity and compassion for Brian, as well as his ‘job’ of volunteering…

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Heading for Haiti

June 29, 2012 | Comments Off on Heading for Haiti
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Ten of our interns are heading to Haiti today after spending nearly 2 weeks studying disability ministry and the Word of God – their classroom text was Life in the Balance which covers a biblical perspective on the sanctity of life, autism, challenges of special needs families, healthcare, and the genocide of unborn infants with…

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Uganda

June 29, 2012 | Comments Off on Uganda
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Did you know that it takes more than 24 hours to fly to Uganda? Think about all of the things you do in 24 hours: sleeping, eating, doing chores, playing games, bugging your sister or brother… Now imagine spending that same amount of time in an airplane or airport. If you’ve never flown in an…

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A Visit from Nick Vujicic and His Bride

June 28, 2012 | Comments Off on A Visit from Nick Vujicic and His Bride
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You probably have heard of Nick Vujicic, the remarkable young man without limbs who travels the world giving the Gospel – but you may not know that he married earlier this year. This week, Nick and his beautiful bride, Kanae, came by our International Disability Center for lunch ‘on the balcony’ and what a blessed time…

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Mikayla Scales the Climbing Wall at Family Retreat! 

June 28, 2012 | Comments Off on Mikayla Scales the Climbing Wall at Family Retreat! 
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“There’s something at Family Retreat you can’t get anyplace else,” says Wanda Robinson, mom of 13-year old Mikayla, who uses prosthetic legs. “It’s God’s peace reviving my spirit and inspiring me to continue. It’s a place of safety and unconditional love.” “We’ve tried other camps,” says dad, Michael. “But the only thing Mikayla got to…

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Deaf-Blind Awareness Week

June 27, 2012 | Comments Off on Deaf-Blind Awareness Week
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Do you know who was born on this day 132 years ago? Helen Keller, one of Joni’s heroes. Joni looks up to Helen Keller because she was deaf and blind yet she didn’t let her disability keep her from living a full life. She learned Braille and sign language, graduated from college with honors, and…

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A Wheelchair from You – Now, Forgive is Sharing the Gospel!

June 26, 2012 | Comments Off on A Wheelchair from You – Now, Forgive is Sharing the Gospel!
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Seventeen-year-old Forgive is bright and passionate about Jesus, and she loves to share the Gospel with others. For ten years, she has crawled to school, determined to become a teacher someday. Recently, because of your generous giving, Forgive received her first wheelchair at a Wheels for the World outreach in Ghana, West Africa. The first…

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Another Family Retreat First

June 25, 2012 | Comments Off on Another Family Retreat First
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Before I broke my neck, I took 10 years of piano lessons – and of all the things I miss as a quadriplegic, I really miss playing the piano. So you can imagine my delight when at Family Retreat I was offered the chance to play “Chopsticks” with my husband Ken! (He had to be…

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What’s Happening at Family Retreats?

June 25, 2012 | Comments Off on What’s Happening at Family Retreats?
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From square dancing to zip lining to prayer and service, Joni and Friends’ Family Retreats offer families affected by disability a place to make friends, have fun, and above all, grow closer to Christ. As these families and short-term missionaries say, what “doesn’t happen in the world … happens here at Family Retreats.” Watch this…

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The Amazing Chloe

June 25, 2012 | Comments Off on The Amazing Chloe
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Six years ago, Chloe was the most disabled child in an orphanage in China – she was very weak and had no use of her arms or legs. But then she was adopted by a wonderful family here in the US. They took her to a doctor and learned her problem could be treated. And…

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