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Month: October 2013

All Saints Day

October 31, 2013 | Comments Off on All Saints Day
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Tomorrow is All Saints Day on the church calendar – it’s when we remember great Christian men and women of the past who’ve been used mightily of God. I remember once visiting England and slowly wheeling through the cloisters of Salisbury Cathedral. I could feel the history in every stone. I paused by a sepulcher; on…

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Poured Out for Christ

October 30, 2013 | Comments Off on Poured Out for Christ
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Bryson fell in love with disability ministry back in high school, where he volunteered to be a buddy to a special needs student. Now a college student majoring in Special Education, Wheels for the World fuels the vision of his life. “Disability is such a tangible problem and Wheels for the World gives us a…

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Reformation Day

October 30, 2013 | Comments Off on Reformation Day

What is special about tomorrow? A lot of people will be dressing up in costumes. But did you know that there is something else special about tomorrow that has nothing to do with pumpkins or candy? A long time ago a man named Martin Luther began to feel sad about how people in church were…

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Start Planning for 2014!

October 29, 2013 | Comments Off on Start Planning for 2014!
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As 2013 winds down, it’s time to start planning for 2014. Stay organized in the new year with Joni’s 2014 Planner featuring her never-before-seen watercolor of the Everglades! With courage as the theme, you’ll find God’s strength each day through scriptures, quotes, and monthly devotions. And with month-at-a-glance pages, weekly and daily planning, as well…

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El Salvador

October 28, 2013 | Comments Off on El Salvador
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Do you want to do something important today? Pray! We have a Wheels for the World team going to El Salvador this week and you can help us by praying! Pray for the kids getting wheelchairs. Pray for their families, too! Pray they will understand more about Jesus’ love because of the gift they are…

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After-Gardening Reflections

October 28, 2013 | Comments Off on After-Gardening Reflections
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This past weekend, Ken and I spent an hour trimming our backyard shrubs and fall flowers. Everything from the array of delicate little hydrangea buds with their complex color, to the precise ‘basket-weave’ design of a tiny gladiolus shoot poking through the dirt, all of it was AMAZING – like a an hour-long worship service…

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Jacob and Miller

October 26, 2013 | Comments Off on Jacob and Miller
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Friendships formed at Family Retreat often last a lifetime. Meet Jacob, one of our stellar short-term missionaries (STMs), and his buddy Miller. Miller is passionate about music, his love for the Lord, and Jacob’s friendship. He has Down syndrome and has been Jacob’s buddy at Family Retreat since 2008. This year, when Jacob walked down…

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Are You in Need of a Ramp?

October 25, 2013 | Comments Off on Are You in Need of a Ramp?
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My heart breaks when I learn of a special-needs family that requires a ramp at home… but insurance just won’t cover it. Well, that problem is on its way to being solved! Our friends at Handi-Ramp have compiled a national directory which includes a list of more than 200 charitable US organizations that offer free…

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Let’s Pray!

October 25, 2013 | Comments Off on Let’s Pray!
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When do you pray? At bedtime? Before eating? When you are in the car on the way to school? Those are all great times to pray! But we have another idea of a great time to pray… when you are reading the Kids’ Corner Blog! Today won’t you pray for the Joni and Friends teams…

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Three Sisters Share the Secret to JOY! 

October 23, 2013 | Comments Off on Three Sisters Share the Secret to JOY! 

Volunteer to serve! That’s what these three sisters have chosen to do. Every week at Joni and Friends, they’re leading tours, sending cards to kids, preparing mailings – whatever is needed. Their help makes ministry happen! ‘When you serve other people, you feel so joyful because you’re helping and not just thinking about yourself,” explains…

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