Month: March 2014

Jesus Loves You, This I Know!

March 31, 2014 | Comments Off on Jesus Loves You, This I Know!
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A hundred million billion. That’s probably how many times you’ve sung “Jesus loves me.” Well, maybe not quite that many times, but LOTS! Have you ever sung it with these words instead?     Jesus loves you, this I knowFor the Bible tells me soLittle ones to Him belongThey are weak, but He is strong.Yes,…

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Cal Baptist Rising Star

March 31, 2014 | Comments Off on Cal Baptist Rising Star
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Meet Cassie, a recent graduate of Cal Baptist University’s Masters program in Disability Ministry Studies (CBU uses our Beyond Suffering curriculum and the class is taught by our own Dr. Jeff McNair). She’s all ready to go wherever God sends her – and what a sweet smile, big heart and gracious spirit she has. Onward and upward,…

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Michelangelo’s Masterpiece

March 30, 2014 | Comments Off on Michelangelo’s Masterpiece
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Years ago, Ken and I visited the Sistine Chapel while we were in Rome – as an artist, I was so excited to get an up-close look at Michelangelo’s masterpiece. Unfortunately, it was way too crowded to enjoy the artwork. But now, you can take an amazing virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel – it’s…

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Today’s Sewing Circle

March 29, 2014 | Comments Off on Today’s Sewing Circle
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Today the women of Church in the Canyon in Calabasas, California will be gathering with their sewing baskets – they will be stitching pocket-bags to be distributed with wheelchairs delivered this year through Wheels for the World! The last time they met, they sewed 70 pocket-bags, and they hope to do more today. My word…

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God’s Power at Work Through You

March 28, 2014 | Comments Off on God’s Power at Work Through You
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In a culture where disability is often the cause of shame for a family, Flor’s parents have tried to make her life better. But they simply don’t have the means to do enough. When Flor was lifted into a specialty chair at a recent Wheels for the World outreach, her parents were speechless. “Who gives…

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Mrs. Boldes’ First Grade Class

March 28, 2014 | Comments Off on Mrs. Boldes’ First Grade Class
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At Joni and Friends, we love it when kids like you come and visit us! And we always are glad when we hear that the kids liked it, too. Mrs. Boldes’ first grade class visited recently and then they wrote thank you notes to share how much they enjoyed the tour! Melissa writes, “Dear Joni,…

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A Fruitful Reminder

March 27, 2014 | Comments Off on A Fruitful Reminder
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Last weekend we drove through the flatlands of Camarillo, passing fields of strawberries, melons, and more – it meant we had to stop at a produce stand! Wheeling down the aisles of fruit and vegetables, I marveled at God’s abundant (and colorful) provision. God could nourish us on gray, bland pills; instead, He gives us…

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Don’t Get Bored, Get Creative

March 26, 2014 | Comments Off on Don’t Get Bored, Get Creative

Sleep. That’s what you do when you are lying in bed, right? But what if you have to be in bed for a long time? Think back to Christmas time. What if you had to be in bed from Christmas all the way until now? How would you fill all that time? Watching movies? Reading…

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On the Road Again

March 26, 2014 | Comments Off on On the Road Again
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Please pray for Ken and me, and Rainey as we travel to Minnesota this week for events connected with Joni and Friends Minneapolis, Bethel University, and the University of Northwestern (the college-connection is to foster interest in our Christian Institute on Disability and our Beyond Suffering curriculum). It promises to be a busy schedule, so…

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You Sent the Gospel… Mom and Daughter found New Life!

March 25, 2014 | Comments Off on You Sent the Gospel… Mom and Daughter found New Life!
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When you give the gift of a wheelchair, even a child like Yida will ask, “Why…? Why would you care about me…? Why would you give me such a gift…?” In developing nations, like Peru, no disabled child or adult expects anyone to care that much. Yet the answer is simple to give: Because Jesus…

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