Month: February 2014

Meet the Mississippi Board

February 28, 2014 | Comments Off on Meet the Mississippi Board
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The Joni and Friends Jackson team is doing a fantastic job of church and respite training, Luke 14 dinners, and planning for the first Joni and Friends Family Retreat in this section of the country — and I’m so proud that so many people with disabilities and special needs moms and dads are a part…

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New Shop, New Wheels, New Life

February 28, 2014 | Comments Off on New Shop, New Wheels, New Life
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Last month was exciting as we opened a new Wheels for the World Restoration Center at the New Mexico Department of Corrections. With 14 Wheelchair Restoration Centers located within correctional facilities across the country, this was the first in New Mexico. In addition to restoring wheelchairs, this center brings hope and change by providing a…

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Important Things!

February 28, 2014 | Comments Off on Important Things!
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It is the last day of the month, and we have an important thing we want to ask you to do. Today Joni and Friends is sending a group of people to a country called Dominican Republic. While they are there this next week, pray for them! Pray that the kids and adults who receive…

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Christ Covenant School

February 27, 2014 | Comments Off on Christ Covenant School
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We started out this morning in Jackson at Christ Covenant School where I shared my testimony with the entire academy — and a great chance to hob nob with the eighth graders afterward. I love stirring young hearts to trust Jesus in whatever hardship…and now…we are heading to Millsaps College for a presentation on our…

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The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

February 26, 2014 | Comments Off on The Joy of the Lord is My Strength
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(This post is written by our guest blogger Samuel. Samuel is 17 years old. Learn more about Samuel by reading his other posts.) Even though I face autism every day, I am thrilled to say the joy of the Lord is my strength! Dealing with a complex communication disorder (that means I can’t say what…

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Heading For Mississippi

February 26, 2014 | Comments Off on Heading For Mississippi
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It’s 24 degrees! Thankfully our hotel bus had an accessible lift that worked. (And we got to the airport in time). Quite a difference from our arrival to Nashville — we waited at the airport for 2 1/2 hours until finally we took an accessible taxi. But it was okay — I shared my testimony…

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Thank You for Giving the Gift of Hope

February 26, 2014 | Comments Off on Thank You for Giving the Gift of Hope
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Mirna is filled with smiles and the joy of the Lord. She has never had a wheelchair or been to school – but her mild cerebral palsy hasn’t taken away her hopes and dreams. “I want to be a nurse or social worker!” she says eagerly. Knowing that she is capable, intelligent and full of…

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CBN News Today

February 25, 2014 | Comments Off on CBN News Today
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Although I am still in Nashville for the NRB Convention, I learned that CBN broadcasted a fascinating feature today on the “Alone Yet Not Alone” song – they even interviewed the composer and the lyricist (the ones who were originally up for an Oscar). Take a look and share it with friends!

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Family Retreat Reunion!

February 25, 2014 | Comments Off on Family Retreat Reunion!
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Last week, 92 people with special needs and their families gathered in Southern California for a ‘reunion’ of last summer’s Murrieta Hot Springs Family Retreat – the idea for the reunion was birthed by Angela Hsieh, one of our long-time STMs who serves alongside her parents (Arthur, her dad, is pictured here). The entire Hsieh family…

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On the Convention Floor

February 24, 2014 | Comments Off on On the Convention Floor
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Here we are with a station manager from Montgomery, AL, promoting the Joni and Friends Family Retreat to be held in Alabama this summer! It’s fun not only talking up Joni and Friends ministry, but making Jesus famous wherever we go… and now, we’re heading for a coffee break! Thanks for praying for my energy… I’m powering on…

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