Month: April 2017

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

April 30, 2017 | Comments Off on Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
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As Mother’s Day approaches, we have some great gift ideas that are sure to encourage and uplift your mom! A Spectacle of Glory NotecardsDesigned from Joni’s artwork, these notecards feature an inspirational verse from Scripture on the front and inside of each card. Buy Now     Everglades Tote Bag The Everglades Tote features artwork by Joni…

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Volunteer With Chair Corps!

April 28, 2017 | Comments Off on Volunteer With Chair Corps!

Aileen Velthuis is an extraordinary Chair Corps volunteer from Northern Virginia who has been faithfully collecting wheelchairs for 10 years. In the last five years alone, Aileen and her husband, Phil, have collected more than 2,100 wheelchairs! In most regions, it takes a whole team to collect as many wheelchairs as Aileen. You may now…

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From Short Term Missionary to Ministry

April 26, 2017 | Comments Off on From Short Term Missionary to Ministry
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A frequent encouragement given to Short Term Missionaries is to turn the “mountain top” experience of serving in the mission field to a home church ministry. Too often good intentions rarely translate into lasting commitment. Not so with Brian Bickett of Joni And Friends Albuquerque. Brian served as lead wheelchair mechanic on numerous Wheels For…

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National Volunteer Week – Jody

April 25, 2017 | Comments Off on National Volunteer Week – Jody

It’s National Volunteer Week and to celebrate, we’re featuring a few of our faithful volunteers! Meet Jody, a passionate volunteer who became a part of the Joni and Friends family when she attended her first Wheels for the World trip in 2009. Arriving in Romania to serve, she saw firsthand the need for mobility and…

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My Prince Charming

April 25, 2017 | Comments Off on My Prince Charming
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The other day, the rigors of my quadriplegia got me down, and I was feeling blue and a little weary… and my husband Ken could see it. So, he put his hand on my shoulder and said, “Joni, remember how you loved the movie Cinderella? Remember her motto? In the face of every trial, Cinderella…

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National Volunteer Week

April 24, 2017 | Comments Off on National Volunteer Week
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It’s National Volunteer Week! This special week in April has been celebrated across the United States for over 40 years, beginning in 1974 when it was established by President Richard Nixon’s executive order. National Volunteer Week has now become a nationwide effort, encouraging people to get out and serve! At Joni and Friends, we understand…

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Just Visiting

April 21, 2017 | Comments Off on Just Visiting
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Back in 1983, my friend, Gracie Rosenberger, was a freshman at Belmont University. Gifted in music and vocal talents, she chose a double major in both vocal performance and piano in their School of Music. The rigorous schedule was exhausting, and only nine weeks into the school year, Gracie fell asleep at the wheel resulting…

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Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount

April 18, 2017 | Comments Off on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount
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The Sermon on the Mount is a feast of practical wisdom for living a Christ-honoring life. When I need guidance or direction, I often refer to the principles Jesus gave in those three chapters in Matthew – the Lord had lots to say regarding giving, prayer, fasting, anxiety, judging others and more. Trying to understand…

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“Will You Come to Family Retreat with Me?”

April 17, 2017 | Comments Off on “Will You Come to Family Retreat with Me?”
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“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” – 1 Peter 4:10 Is God calling you to serve? Join us as a Short-Term-Missionary (STM) at one of our 30 Family Retreats nationwide or 28 International Family Retreats. Come and serve as…

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Royal Resolve

April 13, 2017 | Comments Off on Royal Resolve
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Like you, I’m spending this week thinking a great deal about all that Jesus suffered, all that He endured on our behalf. My mind keeps dwelling on that scene in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus fell to His knees and prayed — He earnestly asked His Father to spare Him the cup of wrath…

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