Month: May 2013

Meet Steve Estes, Friend and Mentor

May 31, 2013 | Comments Off on Meet Steve Estes, Friend and Mentor
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When I am asked, “Who has had the greatest impact on your life?” I never think twice. When I was new to quadriplegia and feeling frightened and spiritually fragile, God connected me with a remarkable young man – Steve Estes. Oh, how I pray that everyone struggling with God and suffering might have a “Steve”…

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A Different Way to Serve

May 31, 2013 | Comments Off on A Different Way to Serve
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Are you looking for something exciting to do this summer? What if you could have fun and bless others at the same time? Grab your friends and family and volunteer at your local Joni and Friends office! That’s just what these fourth graders from Charlotte did! They spent all day learning about Joni and Friends,…

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Cause 4 Life Web Series: A Light in Darkness

May 30, 2013 | Comments Off on Cause 4 Life Web Series: A Light in Darkness
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Ten years ago in Uganda, Francis was spared during an LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) attack on his community. Although many members of his family were killed in the attack, this inspiring young man with disability continues to praise God for his life. In the latest episode of the Cause 4 Life: Love. Heal. Defend. web series, follow our…

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Mariyka’s Story

May 29, 2013 | Comments Off on Mariyka’s Story
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It’s almost summertime, which means Family Retreat season at Joni and Friends! Have you ever been to a Family Retreat? They’re super fun! Did you know Joni and Friends holds Family Retreats in twelve countries around the world, including the United States? Read Mariyka’s story about her experience at a Family Retreat in Ukraine!  “My…

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Meet Our Vocational Interns!

May 28, 2013 | Comments Off on Meet Our Vocational Interns!
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One of the most exciting things about summer at the Joni and Friends International Disability Center is welcoming our new interns! Meet Victoria Kwasny, Lenae Dickinson, and Haley Oram. These three vocational interns who will be serving with us until August, are only the first of many new faces who will be seen around the…

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Through the Bible Update

May 28, 2013 | Comments Off on Through the Bible Update
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If you have been reading through the Bible with Ken and me, you’ll know that we just completed I Chronicles. And in the last two chapters, I was struck with the way King David conducted himself right before he died. It paints a different picture of David than that of 1 Kings 1:1 (there, he…

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You Are Perfect Just the Way You Are

May 27, 2013 | Comments Off on You Are Perfect Just the Way You Are

Do you ever feel like you aren’t good enough for God because you use a wheelchair or have a disability? You might ask the question: “How can God use me if I can’t even walk?” Even though we may think or believe these untrue thoughts, God never does. God love us, and wants to use us just…

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Memorial Day and Captain Voltin

May 26, 2013 | Comments Off on Memorial Day and Captain Voltin
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Memorial Day is precious to us, especially because we serve so many military families who have either lost loved ones in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, or have had a family member return from tour of duty bearing significant wounds of conflict. Joni and Friends’ Wounded Warrior Getaways have been acclaimed by top chaplain offices in the…

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Leveraging the Leader Within Conference

May 24, 2013 | Comments Off on Leveraging the Leader Within Conference

Do you know what it means to be a leader? Next month, Joni and Friends Greater Philadelphia will be hosting Leveraging the Leader Within, a leadership conference and forum designed for college and career bound young adults with disabilities. This exciting conference, taking place on June 21st, will educate you on what it means to…

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The Catch of His Dreams

May 24, 2013 | Comments Off on The Catch of His Dreams
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On the day of my wedding, one of Ken’s groomsmen told me, “Joni, be sure to let Ken keep his dreams.” And so, I’ve always been an avid cheerleader of my husband’s love for fishing. Ken just returned from the Bahamas and fly-fishing with his Bible-study buddies (don’t think it was glamorous; they stayed in…

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