Month: January 2016

Finishing the Beginning

January 29, 2016 | Comments Off on Finishing the Beginning
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January is just about over. Since January is the first month of the year, you could say that we are finishing the beginning! That’s what we’re doing today in reading the Bible with Joni and Ken, too. Today we finish reading Genesis, the beginning book of the Bible. Have you had a good start to…

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Painting with a Wheelchair?

January 29, 2016 | Comments Off on Painting with a Wheelchair?
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Recently my quad-friend, Tommy Hollenstein, stopped by our International Disability Center (IDC) for a visit – I had a chance to show him how we framed and displayed one of his beautiful paintings. Tommy paints using his wheelchair as his ‘brush!’ His friend spreads out a big canvas on the floor, smears different colors on…

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You Send the Message of Christ with Every Wheelchair

January 28, 2016 | Comments Off on You Send the Message of Christ with Every Wheelchair
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When you send a Bible and a wheelchair overseas to a child with a disability, the spiritual impact is life-changing for every member of the family! Recently, Seraphina brought her daughter Monica to receive a wheelchair at our Wheels for the World distribution. Feeling hopeless and exhausted, Seraphina knew she could never afford a wheelchair…

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Send in your Valentines!

January 27, 2016 | Comments Off on Send in your Valentines!
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It’s the end of January — and that means Valentine’s Day is around the corner! Earlier this month I shared with you about our “Heart for the Disabled” outreach (it’s when we select five families with special needs and share their stories on the radio). Already, dozens of greeting cards, notes of encouragement, gift cards…

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Say No.

January 27, 2016 | Comments Off on Say No.

Temptation. That’s a big, heavy word. When we want to do something we know is wrong, that is called temptation. When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, he told them to ask God to keep them from temptation. And that is something we’re supposed to pray, too. We should ask God to keep us from…

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Growing

January 25, 2016 | Comments Off on Growing

When it is cold and gray outside, it is natural to start wishing for spring. When will the trees start showing green leaves again? When will grass and flowers start poking through the snow? It is easy to think about the plants growing up, because that is what we see. But there is something a…

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”Here Am I, Send Me”

January 25, 2016 | Comments Off on ”Here Am I, Send Me”
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by Natalie Parrague, Short-Term Missionary       Natalie wasn’t quite sure what to expect when she signed up to serve for the first time at one of our Joni and Friends International Family Retreats. She brought a heart ready to serve and found out that God can use each of us if we step forward in faith.…

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It’s Glaucoma Awareness Month!

January 25, 2016 | Comments Off on It’s Glaucoma Awareness Month!
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Jesus healed many blind people, some brought by friends for healing, others who happened to be near Jesus when he walked toward Jericho. I love the attitude of the blind beggar at the side of the road who shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Luke 18:35-42). This man was determined — no…

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Ms. Wheelchair California

January 22, 2016 | Comments Off on Ms. Wheelchair California
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All during 2015, I watched as my friend Hillary Marides served up and down our state as Ms. Wheelchair California — Hillary is a graduate of California State University, Northridge with a M.S. in Counseling. She has cerebral palsy and has often volunteered at Joni and Friends in years past (always doing her best to…

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Sanctity of Life

January 22, 2016 | Comments Off on Sanctity of Life

Have you ever heard the word “sanctity?” It means holy or sacred. When people talk about the sanctity of life, they are saying that since God is the one who gives life, life is sacred! Last Sunday was Sanctity of Life Sunday and all this week there are people who are talking and praying about…

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