Month: September 2013

Sacrificial Gifts

September 30, 2013 | Comments Off on Sacrificial Gifts
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Last Sunday I spoke at Calvary Chapel South Bay, and after my message, I greeted some wonderful people in the church foyer. I met Gracie who struggles with rheumatoid arthritis – her daughter told me that Gracie is a seamstress and excels in making wedding dresses. When I looked at her gnarled fingers, I thought…

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Your Service… A Shining Example for Young Leaders to Follow

September 30, 2013 | Comments Off on Your Service… A Shining Example for Young Leaders to Follow
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Your life leads by example. Your passion for Christ is contagious. At Joni and Friends, young leaders are following in your footsteps and living the adventure of serving Jesus Christ! Several times a year, physical therapist Dianne Sanker happily rolls up her sleeves to join a Wheels for the World outreach. “Wheels for the World…

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F.U.S.E. 2013 Conference… Don’t Miss It!

September 28, 2013 | Comments Off on F.U.S.E. 2013 Conference… Don’t Miss It!
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When it comes to disability ministry, the church is being constantly confronted with new and challenging issues. Families are asking, “My daughter has bi-polar disorder; how can my church help her?” Or “Budget cuts have taken away my disabled child’s physical therapy… what can we do?” And even, “My parent has Alzheimer’s and I am…

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Family Retreat: Made Possible By You

September 27, 2013 | Comments Off on Family Retreat: Made Possible By You
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Because you stand strong for families, a week at Family Retreat leaves parents, kids of every age, and volunteers with one thing to say: It changed my life! Meet one special needs family, and their Short Term Missionary Zach, and find out why…Dad Steven has discovered that God can use his disabled son and daughter…

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Annalia’s Birthday Celebration

September 26, 2013 | Comments Off on Annalia’s Birthday Celebration
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Have you ever felt left out? It probably hurt your feelings and made you feel lonely. Many kids with disabilities feel this way. They might not be picked for the dodge ball game at recess or they may not be invited to sleep over at a friend’s house. Annalia didn’t think this was right, so…

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The Land of the Free

September 26, 2013 | Comments Off on The Land of the Free
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A few weeks ago, Pepperdine University in Malibu displayed 3000 flags on their campus lawn – one flag for each of the nearly 3000 lives lost on 9/11. The flag memorial was the work of students, faculty, and volunteers (the college also held a prayer service for the families and for our country). The tribute…

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Lia and her Braille Typewriter

September 24, 2013 | Comments Off on Lia and her Braille Typewriter
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Have you ever seen a book written in Braille? Braille is a language people who are blind or can’t see very well use to read and write. Braille books look very different from printed books. The pages are plain white and covered in little bumps. Each bump represents a letter or number. Because Lia is…

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Another International Family Retreat… In China!

September 24, 2013 | Comments Off on Another International Family Retreat… In China!
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I just finished reading the exciting reports from our recent International Family Retreat in Shenyang, China – 26 special-needs families were served by a dynamic group of Christian volunteers from the US and the People’s Republic of China. This photo really captures the joy of these young people (notice their T-shirts; it’s the same “Press…

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Johnny Appleseed Day

September 23, 2013 | Comments Off on Johnny Appleseed Day
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Today on Joni and Friends radio, listen as Joni recalls a song about the Lord’s goodness from this short film on the life of Johnny Appleseed.

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The Irresistible Church: Go, Compel & Fill

September 23, 2013 | Comments Off on The Irresistible Church: Go, Compel & Fill

How can the body of Christ increase church participation in disability ministry on the East Coast? The Joni and Friends Eastern Pennsylvania area ministry is hosting a one-day disability ministry summit on October 19 from 8:00am-4:30pm at Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA. With 27 different workshop options, you’ll learn how to make your church and…

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