Month: August 2012

Color With Courage

August 15, 2012 | Comments Off on Color With Courage
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Do you like to color? As you’ve grown, you’ve probably spent time coloring at home, at school, and even at church during Sunday school! However, for some of us, coloring may not be a simple task. Some people like Joni and this little girl in Haiti aren’t able to use their hands. This little girl…

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Through the Bible…

August 13, 2012 | Comments Off on Through the Bible…
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Our Through-the-Bible-in-a-Year schedule has us well into the Book of Jeremiah, and reading it is like handling a sharp scalpel. Whenever I become lazy about sin, I find that all 52 chapters quickly deflate my complacency. In Jeremiah, God’s Word hits hard! I mean, when it comes to our sinful tendencies, who wants to be…

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Wheels for the World Kids’ Video

August 13, 2012 | Comments Off on Wheels for the World Kids’ Video
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At Joni and Friends, we are all about serving people with disabilities, especially children. And through our Wheels for the World program, we get to do just that. If you’d like to take a sneak peak at how Joni and Friends is reaching out to children with disabilities in the Dominican Republic, here’s a video…

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African Assemblyman Becomes An Advocate for Christ!

August 10, 2012 | Comments Off on African Assemblyman Becomes An Advocate for Christ!
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Ananda is a vibrant young man, recently disabled in an accident. Hearing Joni’s story at a Wheels for the World outreach, his heart opened. “I’ve struggled to understand what will become of my life,” he shared. “Joni has inspired me to give myself to Christ – my future, my heart, my life. My hope is…

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Been Watching the Olympics?

August 10, 2012 | Comments Off on Been Watching the Olympics?
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Ken and I sure have been enjoying the London Games – we’ve been switching on NBC every night (and I may well go into Olympic withdrawal after Sunday :-). Of course, my husband, being the competitive guy that he is, is LOVING that the U.S. is on the top of medal table. But, oh, that…

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Stickers

August 10, 2012 | Comments Off on Stickers
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How many stickers do you think you’ve used? Hundreds? Maybe even thousands? Well in Haiti, stickers aren’t something kids normally play with. When the Cause 4 Life interns went to Haiti this summer, they brought bags and bags of foamy stickers for the kids to use. They thought maybe they brought too many—but they were…

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A Wedding Shower for my friend, Danelle

August 8, 2012 | Comments Off on A Wedding Shower for my friend, Danelle
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Danelle serves as executive assistant to our president and administrator here at Joni and Friends, and does a great job at it! Earlier this week, we held a wedding shower for her during staff lunch break (the big day is only a week or so away). Because Danelle loves animal prints, all of us decided…

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Serving Changes Lives, Including Yours!

August 7, 2012 | Comments Off on Serving Changes Lives, Including Yours!
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Recently, Joni and Friends International Board Chairman Greg Wood packed his toolkit and served as a volunteer with Wheels for the World in China. Here, he shares his experience with you… For many years, my wife Candy and I have longed to join a Wheels for the World team. While serving on the Joni and…

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An Impromptu Wheelchair Wash

August 6, 2012 | Comments Off on An Impromptu Wheelchair Wash
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This past weekend we said goodbye to 10 of our summer interns who were with us for eight weeks of hands-on ministry, classroom instruction, Family Retreat volunteering, and serving in Haiti. Before they departed, Ken and I invited them to our home for a backyard luau – while the meal was being prepared, Michaela, Jordan…

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Stop! Ask Before You Pet a Service Dog.

August 6, 2012 | Comments Off on Stop! Ask Before You Pet a Service Dog.
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If you’re like most of us, you love dogs! And when you see one coming by, you just can help to go and pet it, right? But wait! Because if it’s a service dog, you should first stop and ask permission from its owner before you pet the dog. Take a look at this video…

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