Month: May 2017

Father’s Day Gift Ideas!

May 30, 2017 | Comments Off on Father’s Day Gift Ideas!

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and we’ve got some great gift ideas to help you show your dad how much he means to you on this special day! Another Kind of Courage For parents, the realization that your child has a disability hits hard. But be encouraged – you are not alone! In…

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Because He Lives

May 30, 2017 | Comments Off on Because He Lives
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When chronic pain begins to wear me out, I have a remedy. So does my friend, Gracie Rosenberger who also lives with constant pain (hers is worse, but we won’t go there; all pain is hard). So what’s our remedy? We sing. Almost always, we sing our hearts out, praising God for His promises. After all,…

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Victory Through Defeat

May 29, 2017 | Comments Off on Victory Through Defeat
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Often the Christian faith is contrary to our natural way of thinking. Stan Jones, a missionary to India, said that neither Hindu karma nor Muslim kismet could bring about change in a person’s life. But the cross, he said, is different: “The cross never knows defeat, for it is of itself defeat, and you cannot…

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Family Retreats Happening in June

May 28, 2017 | Comments Off on Family Retreats Happening in June
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This month, we’ll be hosting nine Family Retreats and three International Family Retreats, and we’re looking for people like you to come and serve! At Family Retreat, we strive to cultivate meaningful connections with families affected by disability while caring for and encouraging them in a fully accessible camp environment. And we’re able to do…

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Summer Institute on Theology and Disability

May 26, 2017 | Comments Off on Summer Institute on Theology and Disability
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Collaborating with ministry partners is a big deal at Joni and Friends. Ephesians 4:16 says that “As each part [of Christ’s body] does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow…”. In other words, the best ideas emerge when we come together to share our knowledge and experiences about disability ministry. Having a…

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Serve with us at Family Retreat!

May 25, 2017 | Comments Off on Serve with us at Family Retreat!
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Summer is almost here, and that means it’s Family Retreat season! The success of our Family Retreats depends largely on having enough “helping hands” to serve the special needs families who attend, and we need your help! This year, most of our Family Retreats filled up very quickly with families – but we don’t have…

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Earning Your Advanced Degree

May 23, 2017 | Comments Off on Earning Your Advanced Degree
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Next month my nephew, Cody, is graduating from high school. I can hardly believe he’s virtually a young adult – time sure does go by fast. But Cody has worked hard and his efforts have paid off. All those late-night study sessions and endless essays; all his time and energy is earning not just a…

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Upcoming Outreaches in China

May 22, 2017 | Comments Off on Upcoming Outreaches in China
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From its busy cities to rural villages, China has undergone rapid social, economic, and political transitions in recent years. While perceptions of the disabled community are improving, there are still over 84 million people living with disabilities in China, many who have never heard about the love of Jesus Christ. This month, we’re sending two…

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Growing Together

May 19, 2017 | Comments Off on Growing Together
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Preparations for Family Retreats are in full swing at Joni and Friends. Excitement is building, and so are our teams. Every year, many of the volunteers who served at past Family Retreats, sign up again. And no wonder. So many good things happen at Family Retreat. Take Ellen who is a single mom. She told…

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Your Gift Will Be Doubled Today!

May 18, 2017 | Comments Off on Your Gift Will Be Doubled Today!
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The facts are heartbreaking. Around the world, at least one in ten children lives with a disability. Many of them spend their days completely shut away from others. Their families face crushing poverty. Their neighbors reject them because their disability is seen as a curse. But God cares passionately for these children. And He shows…

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