Month: January 2015

Elisabeth Elliot

January 13, 2015 | Comments Off on Elisabeth Elliot
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Elisabeth Elliot has influenced countless Christian women, me included. But since the onset of dementia about a decade ago, she and her husband Lars have stepped out of the public eye. Her first husband, Jim Elliot, died in the late 50s after Auca Indians speared him and four other missionaries to death. She remained in…

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Heart for the Disabled: Day 1

January 12, 2015 | Comments Off on Heart for the Disabled: Day 1
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This week we will be telling you a little bit about three families who could use some cheering up. If you want to help us bring joy to these kids and their parents, make a little Valentine, draw a picture, or write down a favorite Bible verse and send it in the mail to: Joni…

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Oregon Plays for the National Championship

January 12, 2015 | Comments Off on Oregon Plays for the National Championship
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Okay, normally I don’t post anything about football (although my husband and I are big USC fans), but today the University of Oregon is playing for the NCAA national football championship – our nephew Kyle is a freshman at Oregon. So this evening Ken and I will load up with chips and dip in front…

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Sunday Reflections

January 11, 2015 | Comments Off on Sunday Reflections
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Every morning when I wheel outside my house to go to Joni and Friends, I pause by the driveway to look up at the stately old cedars which line our property. No matter what the season, the tips of the branches all point straight up to the sky. I think it’s God’s way of reminding…

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Broken Bones in Haiti

January 9, 2015 | Comments Off on Broken Bones in Haiti
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Have you ever broken a bone? Did you get to choose a color for your cast and then ask people to sign their names all over it? Breaking a bone can be scary and painful, and getting to make the cast prettier is a good way to make it more fun. But in lots of…

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Congratulations Lauren!

January 9, 2015 | Comments Off on Congratulations Lauren!
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I met Lauren Compere last year when she served as a Cause 4 Life intern here at our IDC – we all fell in love with her indomitable spirit, winning smile, and amazing work ethic. No doubt, these are the qualities that recently won her the title of Ms. Wheelchair Mississippi for 2015. Lauren is…

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My 2015 Planner… Designed for You

January 7, 2015 | Comments Off on My 2015 Planner… Designed for You
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Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” My quadriplegia has helped me cultivate the habit of ‘numbering my days.’ After 47 years of living in my wheelchair, I understand how precious my days are. It’s why I loved designing the Joni Planner this year.…

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January Star Kid: Isaac

January 7, 2015 | Comments Off on January Star Kid: Isaac
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This month we are talking a lot about joy and being cheerful. That’s one reason why Isaac makes such a good Star Kid for January. Isaac is 13 and his friends and family are always talking about how joyful he is. And that joy is contagious! (Just take a look at the smiles in this…

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New Ministry and Missions Academy Arizona

January 6, 2015 | Comments Off on New Ministry and Missions Academy Arizona
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Cause 4 Life Global Missions and Internships Cause 4 Life’s new academy offers interns the opportunity to serve alongside the Joni and Friends Arizona staff and leadership. Interns will be educated on the biblical view on disability and trained in servant leadership, biblical justice and international disability ministry. APPLY ONLINE TODAY!

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Brian and Haley Sakultarawattn

January 5, 2015 | Comments Off on Brian and Haley Sakultarawattn
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At 19, Brian was on top of the world. He had a good job working at a tree farm in Oregon, and he was engaged to 18-year-old Haley. In 1995, a fiery explosion at Brian’s jobsite left him battling for life and limb —  he lost his arms, part of his leg, and suffered burns over…

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