Month: January 2014

Happy Birthday to Us!

January 31, 2014 | Comments Off on Happy Birthday to Us!

This year Joni and Friends turns 35 years old! One fun thing to do when celebrating a birthday (or an anniversary), is to tell the story of the very beginning. Joni and Friends started at Joni’s kitchen table. Just like you might pull out your homework to do at the kitchen table while your mom…

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Alone Yet Not Alone Update…

January 30, 2014 | Comments Off on Alone Yet Not Alone Update…
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During the last couple of weeks, I’ve had to occasionally pinch myself and wonder, “Is the song I recorded ‘Alone Yet Not Alone’ really up for an Oscar nomination?!” Well, it turns out that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just rescinded its nomination. But amidst this wild roller coaster of a ride,…

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Joni’s Statement On “Alone Yet Not Alone” Oscar Nomination Being Rescinded 

January 30, 2014 | Comments Off on Joni’s Statement On “Alone Yet Not Alone” Oscar Nomination Being Rescinded 
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“While I can only imagine the disappointment of music writer Bruce Broughton and lyricist Dennis Spiegel in the rescinding of their Oscar nomination, it in no way detracts from either the song’s beauty or its message. I was humbled and honored to have been asked to sing it for the film, and was as surprised…

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Susanna Wesley

January 29, 2014 | Comments Off on Susanna Wesley
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Susanna Wesley, born in 1669, was the 25th of 25 children! This great Christian saint understood the importance of “being raised in the nurture and admonition of the Lord,” given that she and her husband Samuel had 19 children. Nine of Susanna’s children died as infants… but two of her sons, John and Charles Wesley,…

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Joseph and His Brothers

January 29, 2014 | Comments Off on Joseph and His Brothers

“Joseph, Dad told you to forgive us for being mean to you.” Joseph’s brothers were frightened. They had been very mean to Joseph. If you’ve been reading Genesis with Joni, you know the story. Joseph’s brothers got jealous of him and sold him into slavery! Even though God used this to help provide for all…

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Social Justice: A Biblical Concept

January 28, 2014 | Comments Off on Social Justice: A Biblical Concept
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We hear the term Social Justice all over the media these days. It’s posted in articles on Facebook. Tweets go out with links to heart-wrenching videos of starving children, pleading for donations. The news screams with people demanding social justice in the work place. Even our Federal Government bends under the pressure for social justice…

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And the Winner Is…!!

January 28, 2014 | Comments Off on And the Winner Is…!!
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We are just winding up our Instagram Contest, and I’ve been so blessed looking through all the wonderful photos of everyone’s ministry moments. I had a hard time narrowing down my ‘top pick,” but I finally decided on this charming Family Retreat photo of Jasmine, an STM, and her little camper – I’ll be sending…

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Gray Days of Winter

January 27, 2014 | Comments Off on Gray Days of Winter

A school day. Again. It’s cold and it’s dark. Dreary. That’s the way the world seems right now. It’s hard to get excited about anything. Is that the way you feel some mornings? Hold it! Stop! Aren’t you forgetting something? Just because outside isn’t cheerful and warm, it doesn’t mean we can’t be cheerful. Don’t…

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#JAF35years Instagram Contest – Vote for Your Favorite Photo!

January 27, 2014 | Comments Off on #JAF35years Instagram Contest – Vote for Your Favorite Photo!

This month in our 35th Anniversary Instagram Contest, we gave you the opportunity to share your favorite Joni and Friends ministry moments for a chance to win Joni and Friends prizes. You posted so many wonderful photos from Family Retreat, Wheels for the World outreaches, and other ministry events, it was difficult to choose only three…

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Thanks to our JAF Field Staff!

January 27, 2014 | Comments Off on Thanks to our JAF Field Staff!
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Last week, our Joni and Friends staff and volunteers gathered at the IDC from across the country – it was a heartwarming time of fellowship, prayer, and training. I have such respect for our teams who are working so hard to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to more people with disabilities and their families…

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