Month: August 2012

Family Retreat African-Style

August 31, 2012 | Comments Off on Family Retreat African-Style
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I am always inspired to read reports from Joni and Friends Family Retreats in developing nations – here’s a look at special-needs families being welcomed at the recent retreat in Cameroon, West Africa. These needy families are considered social ‘misfits’ and outcasts, so you can imagine how their hearts gladly opened to the Gospel of…

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Paralympics

August 31, 2012 | Comments Off on Paralympics
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A lot of people think that if they have to use a wheelchair, they can’t play sports. But that is certainly not true! The best proof of that is happening right now. A couple weeks ago, athletes from all around the world came to London to compete in the Olympics. And right now, there are…

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Disability and Employment

August 30, 2012 | Comments Off on Disability and Employment

One in five Americans is affected by disability, and only 15.2% of people with a disability are employed. Although the best reason to hire someone with a disability is because he or she is qualified for the job, it’s important to realize the value of including employees with disability in your workplace. Encourage your place…

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Playing Hooky

August 29, 2012 | Comments Off on Playing Hooky
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My sister Jay Kay (on the right) has been visiting Ken and me for the last week, and although we’ve been at Joni and Friends doing projects, on Tuesday we decided to skip work and garden :-). Of course, I had to ask Francie (my secretary-with-the-green-thumb) to join us. After a visit to the local…

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Happy Grams

August 29, 2012 | Comments Off on Happy Grams
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Do you like getting mail? Birthday cards or an email can be fun to get because it tells us that someone was thinking of us. This is one reason why Family Retreats can be so fun. At Family Retreats there is a special kind of mail, called Happy Grams. (Remember learning how to make them?)…

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Family Retreat Reflections

August 28, 2012 | Comments Off on Family Retreat Reflections
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Again this year, you’ve sent hundreds of families to Family Retreat. Listen as the Kim family shares their experience: “Family Retreat was indescribable! How do you convey God’s glory in human words? The first day, as we drove over the bridge into Family Retreat, a startling sight greeted us: about thirty Short Term Missionaries cheering…

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5 Back to School Ideas

August 28, 2012 | Comments Off on 5 Back to School Ideas
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1. Ask God if there is someone new to your school who could use a friend like you. 2. Think up three things you could do if you see kids picking on someone else. 3. Review the Friendship Adventure videos and ask yourself whether you can use what you’ve learned to be a better friend…

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God Used Your Prayers Today!

August 27, 2012 | Comments Off on God Used Your Prayers Today!
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It’s late in the afternoon and we just finished a full day of recording radio programs for “Joni and Friends” (you can always listen in by visiting my radio page). An enormous amount of energy is always expended on radio recording day, and today was no exception — but, oh, did I feel your prayers!…

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Turn Your Radio on!

August 27, 2012 | Comments Off on Turn Your Radio on!
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On Monday morning, we head into the studio to record more “Joni and Friends” radio programs – yes, it’s that time again already! Thirty 4 min. programs and 51 1 min. programs. Researching and writing for radio takes up the bulk of my time at Joni and Friends, but I love it. It’s a great…

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Beyond Suffering Online Courses

August 24, 2012 | Comments Off on Beyond Suffering Online Courses
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Have you ever suffered physically, emotionally or spiritually and wondered why? Do you have family members or friends with disabilities and struggle to know what to say or how to act around them? People with disabilities are considered one of the world’s largest under-represented groups and the church is largely unprepared for the burgeoning disabled…

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