Month: April 2015

New England Family Retreat: Your Help Needed!

April 30, 2015 | Comments Off on New England Family Retreat: Your Help Needed!
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This summer, our New England team is celebrating 10 years of Family Retreat and we need you! We are in URGENT need of volunteers for our upcoming retreat, June 7-12th in Greenfield, N.H. This retreat serves adult individuals and families affected by disability and we’d love to have you apply as a Short Term Missionary (STM).  Visit Joni and Friends…

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Prayer Strengthens Dads at Family Retreat 

April 30, 2015 | Comments Off on Prayer Strengthens Dads at Family Retreat 
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For 6 years, Kempton and his wife, Caryn, have brought their four children to Family Retreat. Their 11-year-old son, Christian, is disabled. But that’s not the only reason they come. Kempton serves as Camp Pastor, living out 2 Corinthians 1:4 as he “comforts those in any trouble with the comfort [he himself] has received from…

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What Would Be Better? Love!

April 29, 2015 | Comments Off on What Would Be Better? Love!
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Last week I posted a brief video of several Global Access Conference participants, all answering the question “What Would Be Better?” when it comes to disability ministry. There are countless ways we can better serve special-needs families in the name of Jesus – and here are a few more pointers :-).

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10 Vital Truths About Autism

April 28, 2015 | Comments Off on 10 Vital Truths About Autism
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As the month for Autism Awareness comes to an end, we’d like to share this helpful article from Pat Verbal, Senior Manager of Curriculum Development at Joni and Friends. The challenge for the Church is to stay aware of what we need to do to make our churches welcoming and loving places for ALL children.…

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Charlotte’s Song

April 28, 2015 | Comments Off on Charlotte’s Song

Charlotte was sick of being sick. She was tired of not being able to do anything. All she could do was sit or lie down. All her friends and family were busy doing important things, but there was nothing she could do but be sick. She didn’t like it one bit, and her frustration came…

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Heaven… Your Real Home

April 27, 2015 | Comments Off on Heaven… Your Real Home
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“Hardships are God’s way of helping me get my mind on the hereafter. And I don’t mean hereafter as a death wish or an escape from reality; I mean hereafter as the true reality. And nothing beats rehearsing a few time-honored Scriptures if you want to put reality into a heavenly perspective. Like, every time…

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Amy in Cuba

April 27, 2015 | Comments Off on Amy in Cuba
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When Amy was a kid, she had a really old wheelchair. It was too big for her, too. It was so big and so old that even as a teenager, she couldn’t push the chair by herself. But a friend was watching out for her and told her about Joni and Friends coming to give…

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Sunday Reflections

April 26, 2015 | Comments Off on Sunday Reflections
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“The things I cannot do are looking in through my window now, beckoning me and calling me. And His comfort says to me, ‘But I am here in the room with you; I am nearer than those beckoning, calling things. I come between them and you. You have nothing to do now but to please…

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My Sister’s Bible

April 25, 2015 | Comments Off on My Sister’s Bible
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Not long ago when my sister Kathy was visiting us, I took a closer look at her Bible (she was studying at our kitchen table). It was filled with little colored tabs (you can see them in the photo :-). I said, “Kathy, what are all those tabs about? How can you keep so many…

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My Job Helps Others… Travel Desk Coordinator

April 24, 2015 | Comments Off on My Job Helps Others… Travel Desk Coordinator
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Today we are interviewing Miss Halley. Once you’ve read how her job helps others, don’t miss learning about other helping jobs! Miss Halley, what does a Travel Desk Coordinator do at Joni and Friends? I organize flights and travel for volunteers and Short Term Missionaries (STMs) who serve at Family Retreats in other countries. Is…

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