Month: August 2016

Ken in Cuba with Wheels for the World

August 31, 2016 | Comments Off on Ken in Cuba with Wheels for the World
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Earlier this season, my husband served on a Wheels for the World team in Cuba, helping to fit children with disabilities to their new wheelchairs. Before Ken left, I autographed a Spanish Joni book and said to him, “Would you please give this to a little girl in Cuba, and tell her it’s from me?”…

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Joy, Hope and God’s Love at Family Retreat

August 30, 2016 | Comments Off on Joy, Hope and God’s Love at Family Retreat
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It can be all too common to hear special-needs families say, “We don’t always feel like our family is loved and accepted.” All year long, families caring for a disabled child live on the brink of exhaustion, isolation and discouragement. Disability demands every ounce of energy and can rip even the strongest marriages apart. These families need…

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Hope Sees

August 29, 2016 | Comments Off on Hope Sees
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My friend, Gail McWilliams, may be blind, but she sees so much more than most people I know. Gail has the uncanny ability to see things from God’s point-of-view, and that makes her blindness a gift. It’s as Helen Keller wisely said, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.”…

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Summer Wrap Up

August 29, 2016 | Comments Off on Summer Wrap Up
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Summertime is coming to an end. But before the last few days of August slip past, don’t forget to tell us about any books you read for the Kids’ Corner Summer Reading Program. If you’ve read three books about disability, write to us at KidsCorner@joniandfriends.org. Let us know which books you read and which one…

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My Friend Kim…and Dogs

August 26, 2016 | Comments Off on My Friend Kim…and Dogs
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Kim Miller and her family are long-time friends of our ministry, and they’ve attended our Spruce Lake Family Retreats in Pennsylvania for years – Kim is on the autism spectrum, and has a few challenges with speech and cognitive skills.  But, oh, what a happy heart she has (Jill, her mom, and Paul, her dad,…

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National Dog Day

August 26, 2016 | Comments Off on National Dog Day
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In honor of National Dog Day, we’re offering tips for how to act around service dogs – dogs that offer assistance to those with special needs. It’s important to remember that service dogs are not pets. They are working dogs for those who have disabilities and/or serious health conditions. A service dog’s attention while working…

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Genuine Affection

August 25, 2016 | Comments Off on Genuine Affection
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Joni and Friends just finished hosting a most unique group of Cause 4 Life interns. Although they were from all over North America, it didn’t take long for this group of young people to form a genuine affection for each other. After only five days together, they went to the beach — Kelsie, one of…

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Ellen Dibler

August 24, 2016 | Comments Off on Ellen Dibler

                     I am always inspired by other women with disabilities who keep persevering through every challenge – especially women who, like me, are aging.  Meet Ellen Dibler who has lived with spina bifida longer than anyone else in the US – she’s over 70 years old,…

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The Daniel Prayer

August 23, 2016 | Comments Off on The Daniel Prayer
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When Anne Graham Lotz writes anything about prayer, I sit up and listen.  And her newest book, The Daniel Prayer, is so timely – it is an urgent clarion call to every Christian who desires to see America respond to Proverbs 14:34, “Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” …

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An Inside Look at Cause 4 Life

August 23, 2016 | Comments Off on An Inside Look at Cause 4 Life
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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an intern at Joni and Friends? Cause 4 Life intern, Emma Harold, gives you an inside look at her experience! Name: Emma Harold School: University of Regina Major/Degree: Elementary Education Where are you from?Saskatchewan, Canada Tell us a fun fact about yourself:In my province (Saskatchewan), we…

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