Month: October 2015

Good Dog, Vyanna!

October 30, 2015 | Comments Off on Good Dog, Vyanna!
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We think Vyanna is a very special dog. Vyanna is a guide dog for Wendy. (If you’ve watched the Kids’ Corner Friendship Adventures, then you’ve already met Wendy). Guide dogs are also called seeing eye dogs because they help their owners “see” around them. Not only does Vyanna help Wendy, but she also helped Joni…

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Josie’s Story

October 29, 2015 | Comments Off on Josie’s Story
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Even though weeks have passed since our summertime season of Family Retreats, the memories remain fresh and bright. Just what inspires a kid about Family Retreat? Take a minute to listen to little Josie describe her week at our Joni and Friends/New England Family Retreat. For disabled kids and their siblings, there’s no place like…

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Collecting and Storing Wheelchairs

October 27, 2015 | Comments Off on Collecting and Storing Wheelchairs
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Recently I was in Connecticut to thank WIHS Christian Radio on nearly 15 years of holding annual wheelchair collection drives – they’ve collected well over 7,000 wheelchairs, walkers, and crutches. Thankfully, a local construction company provides this warehouse for storage. From there, the wheelchairs are sent to the correctional facility where inmates volunteer their time…

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Luke 14

October 26, 2015 | Comments Off on Luke 14
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Today is a great day to jump in to reading the Bible chronologically with Joni and Ken! It may seem a little silly to start in October, but don’t be discouraged! Whether you have been following along with the Key Verses or you have tried to keep up and couldn’t, today is a great day…

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Order Joni’s 2015 Christmas Cards!

October 26, 2015 | Comments Off on Order Joni’s 2015 Christmas Cards!
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Joni’s 2015 Christmas Cards are now available and you won’t want to miss out on her brand new designs! Let Us Adore Him An angel and two shepherd boys look toward the manger in whispered amazement. Here, Joni’s whimsical design captures the awe and anticipation of the Savior’s birth. On the card’s artistic interior, the…

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NIV Zondervan Study Bible

October 25, 2015 | Comments Off on NIV Zondervan Study Bible
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I’m a big fan of Dr. D.A. Carson who is one of the founders of The Gospel Coalition (my favorite blog-spot to peruse on Sunday afternoons)! Recently Dr. Carson completed editing for the new NIV Zondervan Study Bible, and I am loving digging through his notes and comments. His reflections in II Corinthians 12 on…

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Fanny’s Leader

October 23, 2015 | Comments Off on Fanny’s Leader

Fanny couldn’t remember a time when she could see. She had been blind for such a very long time. Because she couldn’t see, she worked hard to memorize her school lessons and verses from the Bible. When she was ten years old, she started memorizing five chapters from the Bible every week! Fanny also started…

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Autumn is Here!

October 21, 2015 | Comments Off on Autumn is Here!
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The weather is beginning to cool and leaves are changing colors. Autumn is here! Have you found ways to enjoy this season? Maybe you’ve visited a pumpkin patch or gone to pick apples. Or maybe you’ve collected leaves or acorns. What other ways have you found to have fun during fall? If you are looking…

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Meet My Friends…

October 21, 2015 | Comments Off on Meet My Friends…
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Okay, that’s Joe Joe and his brother Dominick (on the left, both in wheelchairs), and their sister Allie – they are the children of Jessica, our newest docent at the International Disability Center. Jessica and her kids attended a Joni and Friends Family Retreat this summer and the children absolutely LOVED it! Now they want…

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My Job Helps… Area Director

October 19, 2015 | Comments Off on My Job Helps… Area Director
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Maybe you didn’t know, but Joni and Friends has offices all around the United States. We call them Area Ministries and they get to do lots of cool things. Today we are interviewing the Area Director of our office in Philadelphia about how his job helps others. Listen in! Thank you for joining us, Mr.…

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