Month: May 2014

A New International Symbol for Disability?!

May 30, 2014 | Comments Off on A New International Symbol for Disability?!
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I have often thought that the old, familiar International Symbol of Access (ISA) you see on parking spaces and in stores looks a little institutional. But never did I dream they’d come up with a new symbol! When I saw it, my first thought was, “How will the implementation of this change take place, and…

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Support Joni and Friends on Amazon Smile and Ebay Giving Works

May 30, 2014 | Comments Off on Support Joni and Friends on Amazon Smile and Ebay Giving Works
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Make your online purchases and sales count for people with disabilities! Now you can support Joni and Friends on Amazon Smile and Ebay Giving Works. Rather than shopping on Amazon’s regular site, make your purchase through Amazon Smile: sign in to your account, select Joni and Friends as your charity of choice, and Amazon Smile…

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August All Year

May 30, 2014 | Comments Off on August All Year
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The calendar in John’s house says it is August. Everybody knows it is still May, but John doesn’t want to see any page but August on the calendar. When it is January, he changes the page to August. When it is February, he makes sure that August is showing. March? No. April? No. May? No.…

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More About Pat McBride’s Story…

May 29, 2014 | Comments Off on More About Pat McBride’s Story…
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Pat and Barb McBride were visiting the eastern shore of Maryland in February 2011. During his walk on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay, Pat came across this large iron cross. It was the last photo snapped of Pat walking – just two days later, he broke his neck. Right now, Pat is in a special program at…

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Saftey First!

May 28, 2014 | Comments Off on Saftey First!
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“Ladies and gentlemen, please make sure your seatbelts are fastened.” We at Joni and Friends think seatbelts are important! Of course they are needed in airplanes and cars, but they are important in wheelchairs, too! Not all wheelchairs come with seatbelts, though. So when a wheelchair doesn’t have a seatbelt, we make one! Thank you…

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God’s Hand on His Shoulder

May 28, 2014 | Comments Off on God’s Hand on His Shoulder
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A few days ago, Pat McBride and his wife, Barb, came by the IDC for a visit. Pat, a commercial fisherman, broke his neck in an accident three years ago. He was quick to tell me that it feels good when people rest their hand on his shoulder. “It’s the only place I can feel,”…

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The Little Class that Could

May 27, 2014 | Comments Off on The Little Class that Could
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Three thousand butterflies fill the hallway at the preschool where Mrs. B teaches. Each butterfly represents one dollar. And that is how much the boys and girls in the prekindergarten class raised for Wheels for the World – three thousand dollars! How did this class of four-year-old kids earn three thousand dollars? Every way they could think…

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Family Retreat in China Begins Today

May 27, 2014 | Comments Off on Family Retreat in China Begins Today
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Our International Family Retreat begins today in Nanjing and will run through June 5. Scores of parents and kids with disabilities (most to do not know Jesus) will be attending, so ask the Holy Spirit to open their hearts. Last week, with the help of 14-year-old Ivy Bi, I videoed a personal greeting to the…

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Bringing Hope and Mobility to Ugandan Children

May 26, 2014 | Comments Off on Bringing Hope and Mobility to Ugandan Children
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Can you imagine what it would be like to not be able to go to school and be outcast by your community? This is the world in which Francis Mugwanya grew up as a boy paralyzed by polio. In his home country of Uganda, 90% of children with disabilities are not able to go to…

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Spreading God’s Joy

May 26, 2014 | Comments Off on Spreading God’s Joy
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These kids have joy to share! Next month, when families come to a Family Retreat in Ghana, Africa, everyone will be so surprised! The kids in this picture made cards of encouragement and welcome for each person who will come. It’s called Joy Mail! Do you have joy in Jesus? We would love to have…

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