Month: February 2016

Start with Hello!

February 29, 2016 | Comments Off on Start with Hello!
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Everyone needs access and acceptance — especially families with special needs. They need access to church buildings, programs, and staff, but they also need to feel accepted by the body of Christ. So, how can we embrace people affected by disability to make them feel welcomed and remind them they are needed? By making our…

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Happy Leap Day!

February 29, 2016 | Comments Off on Happy Leap Day!
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February has an “extra” day this year. That means there are 366 days in 2016 instead of the usual 365. Have you been counting them? It may seem a little silly counting every day in the year. Maybe your class counted to the 100th day of school, but after that, did you keep counting? Probably…

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Your Prayers Gave the Greatest Gift of All

February 29, 2016 | Comments Off on Your Prayers Gave the Greatest Gift of All
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Thousands of children with disabilities in developing countries like Romania, urgently need kid sized wheelchairs, yet they are in critically short supply and very expensive. Wheelchairs sometimes cost up to a year’s salary, which most families with special needs children cannot afford. Recently our Joni and Friends Wheels for the World team met 9-year-old Emmanuel…

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Sign up for summer internships at Joni and Friends!

February 26, 2016 | Comments Off on Sign up for summer internships at Joni and Friends!
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With temperatures in the 70s and 80s in Los Angeles, this winter sure has felt like summer! And even though summer is still a few months away, it will be here before you know it. It’s why if you are a college student (or know of one) wondering what to do over summer break, I…

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Big Dreams

February 26, 2016 | Comments Off on Big Dreams
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When grown ups ask you what you want to do when you grow up, what do you say? Fireman or bus driver? Doctor or teacher? Zookeeper or garbage man? Mom or Dad? What about owning a restaurant or being a toy maker? Did you know it is okay to have big dreams like that? Tim…

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Signups Open for 2016 International Family Retreats!

February 25, 2016 | Comments Off on Signups Open for 2016 International Family Retreats!
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At International Family Retreat, families living with disability find spiritual nourishment and community that is so often in short supply—especially in developing nations. Join us as we serve beyond borders with in-country partners to strengthen families with the love and hope of the Gospel. In Ghana, many people believe that disability is a curse from…

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Gospel Bracelets

February 24, 2016 | Comments Off on Gospel Bracelets
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Colors can tell a story. Are you curious how that can be? Just ask someone who has gotten a wheelchair from Joni and Friends Wheels for the World. All around the world, Joni and Friends uses gospel bracelets to tell the gospel story. And we can use your help! Follow these instructions for making gospel…

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Why Give a Wheelchair?

February 22, 2016 | Comments Off on Why Give a Wheelchair?
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To declare the Gospel and to demonstrate Jesus’ love.  Eight-year-old Andrea was born with cerebral palsy. Abandoned by her parents when she was just 5 months old, Andrea was raised by her grandparents. They worry about her future and work hard to provide for all her needs but struggle to make ends meet. Andrea needs…

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Dialysis at Sea

February 22, 2016 | Comments Off on Dialysis at Sea
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Billy Burnett, my friend and CFO of Joni and Friends, just celebrated 50 years of marriage to his lovely wife, Shirley! As Billy shared with me, these many years of marriage have been filled with joy, but also challenges — especially as Shirley’s kidneys are failing to function properly. With multiple weekly visits to the…

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Send Us Your Artwork!

February 22, 2016 | Comments Off on Send Us Your Artwork!
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Did you know Kids’ Corner has a special place for kids to share artwork they’ve done? It’s because we love getting pictures from kids! You can draw something with your mouth like Joni or you can draw something with your hands. You can use lots of colors or none at all. We just love to…

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