Month: July 2017

50th Anniversary Reflections

July 30, 2017 | Comments Off on 50th Anniversary Reflections
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During July, Joni is reflecting on the past 5 decades of God’s faithfulness following her 1967 diving accident. Decade 5: 2008-2017 The last 15 years in my wheelchair have not been easy. Around 2002, I began to experience a great deal of pain in my back and hips. Doctors told me that it was due…

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Marky’s Story

July 28, 2017 | Comments Off on Marky’s Story
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I’m always inspired by people who courageously face insurmountable odds, but when it is a child, that really ‘ups’ the inspiration. It’s how I felt when I saw Marky’s video. This young boy has a condition called Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), a rare connective tissue disorder that affects the skin. People normally have seven layers of…

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The Blessings of Bootcamp

July 27, 2017 | Comments Off on The Blessings of Bootcamp
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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an intern at Joni and Friends? Our corporate Cause 4 Life intern, Grace Shaffer, gives you an inside look at our California Ministry & Missions Bootcamp! When young willing hearts from across the country get together to serve the disability community, God is bound to do great things.…

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7 Caregiver Landmines and How You Can Avoid Them

July 26, 2017 | Comments Off on 7 Caregiver Landmines and How You Can Avoid Them
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My husband Ken understands caregiving inside and out. So does our friend Peter Rosenberger who serves alongside Gracie, a double amputee who lives with excruciating pain. Caregiving can wear out any spouse, and it’s why Peter wrote an exclusive E-Version edition of 7 Caregiver Landmines and How You Can Avoid Them for Joni and Friends.…

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50th Anniversary Week

July 24, 2017 | Comments Off on 50th Anniversary Week
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This week I’m getting out the party favors, hanging balloons, and throwing streamers – because this Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of God’s faithfulness to me in my wheelchair (only would I ‘celebrate’ something like a diving accident)! But when I see how God has changed me in it, and encouraged others through it, my…

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50th Anniversary Reflections

July 23, 2017 | Comments Off on 50th Anniversary Reflections
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During July, Joni is reflecting on the past 5 decades of God’s faithfulness following her 1967 diving accident. Decade 4: 1998-2007 When I think back on this timeframe, I warmly recall my work with President George W. Bush and his administration. When research using stem cells from human embryos became a hot national topic, I…

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Thank You, Donors!

July 21, 2017 | Comments Off on Thank You, Donors!

We want to thank our faithful donors who continue to bring joy and hope to families affected by disability all over the world! Because of your prayers and generosity, thousands of people with disabilities have received the love of Christ and the gift of mobility. Your compassion has helped people from all walks of life…

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A Great Idea!

July 20, 2017 | Comments Off on A Great Idea!
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Isn’t it fun to see God’s creativity revealed through His people? Like Gordon Hartman’s ingenious idea to build an inclusive amusement park. He got the idea while observing his daughter Morgan who has special needs. Because of her disability, Morgan often could not participate in playground activities. So, Hartman formed a non-profit organization to construct…

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50 Years of Wisdom!

July 19, 2017 | Comments Off on 50 Years of Wisdom!

God has continued to demonstrate His faithfulness to Joni throughout all 50 years of her quadriplegia, and that’s a reason to celebrate! We’ve got a special 50 year anniversary deal just for you: now you can purchase A Lifetime of Wisdom for just $10, or you can buy two copies for $15 and share Joni’s incredible…

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The Blueprint

July 18, 2017 | Comments Off on The Blueprint
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It was on a hot Saturday afternoon in July 1967—50 years ago this month—that I took the fateful dive that completely altered my life. Before the accident in which I broke my neck, I was college-bound to become a physical therapist. I wanted to work with people in wheelchairs – never did I dream that…

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