Month: January 2015

Life in the Balance… E-book Offer!

January 31, 2015 | Comments Off on Life in the Balance… E-book Offer!
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Have you ever found yourself in a discussion about pro-life issues… and you’re pressed for an answer you don’t have? Then Life in the Balance: Biblical Answers for the Issues of Our Day is the book for you. It’s written to inform and inspire the reader on the biblical worldview of the most pressing social…

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Reading the Bible with Joni and Ken

January 30, 2015 | Comments Off on Reading the Bible with Joni and Ken
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We’re coming to the end of the first month of reading the Bible with Joni and Ken. Are you following along with the reading or with finding the weekly Key Verses? Remember, we are reading the Bible in the order things happened. This isn’t the only way to read the Bible. It isn’t even the…

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Thank You, Awana Kids!

January 30, 2015 | Comments Off on Thank You, Awana Kids!
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Recently the local chapter of Awanas decided to make Wheels for the World their missions project – after working hard doing chores in the home, the yard, and the neighborhood, these boys and girls collected enough money to sponsor five pediatric wheelchairs! (Every time a kid brought in their earnings, they drew a ‘spoke’ on…

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Vital Parts of the Body

January 29, 2015 | Comments Off on Vital Parts of the Body
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God has a special reason for creating people with cognitive disabilities – and this recent article in WORLD magazine illustrates beautifully (and specifically) how a church can be enriched by embracing children and adults with intellectual disabilities. It’s well researched, well written, and worth sharing with your Facebook friends! Vital Parts of the Body

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Global Access is Coming up Soon

January 28, 2015 | Comments Off on Global Access is Coming up Soon
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As you probably know, our Global Access Conference is coming up February 17-20 in Westlake Village, CA. Hundreds of leaders in disability ministry will be attending from across the US and around the world—and I don’t want you to miss it! Even if you are brand new to disability outreach, come and discover how God…

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My Job Helps Others… Response Manager

January 28, 2015 | Comments Off on My Job Helps Others… Response Manager
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Today we are interviewing Mr. Welshymer. Let’s hear what he has to say! Mr. Welshymer, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a pilot and fly jets around the world. I was interested in seeing other countries and learning about the people who lived in these countries. Did…

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When You Grow Up

January 26, 2015 | Comments Off on When You Grow Up

Do you ever think about what you want to be when you grow up? A teacher or a fireman, a songwriter or a basketball player, or… what? This year the Kids’ Corner team has a special surprise for you. Each month we will introduce you to someone whose job helps people with disabilities. We hope…

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Abby Buursma

January 26, 2015 | Comments Off on Abby Buursma
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See the cute little blonde sitting on my knee? That’s Abigail Buursma, along with her family at a Joni and Friends Family Retreat (her handsome brother, Paul, is the kid in the chair :-). I’m guessing this photo was taken in the late 1990s and, since then, Abby has grown leaps and bounds. She recently…

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The Cup of Suffering

January 25, 2015 | Comments Off on The Cup of Suffering
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When in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus fell to His knees and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not as I will, but as you will.” Jesus was asking to not have to face the cross. Moments later, though, when the soldiers came to arrest Him, Jesus…

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January Coloring Pages

January 23, 2015 | Comments Off on January Coloring Pages
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On Wednesday we looked at one of Joni’s paintings of a snowy day. Did you learn anything about parts of a picture that seem to be empty? Today you can have more practice with that idea. In this month’s coloring pages, the pictures have lots of snow and lots of empty space. Try drawing things…

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