Month: August 2017

Abby Goes the Extra Mile

August 29, 2017 | Comments Off on Abby Goes the Extra Mile
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Some people have a gift for learning languages… especially unusual languages like Arabic. I’m thinking of Abby Booher, a volunteer I met this summer at Family Retreat. Abby told me she was a student at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio where she studied English as a second language. While on campus, she met many…

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100,000 Wheelchairs Delivered by 2020!

August 29, 2017 | Comments Off on 100,000 Wheelchairs Delivered by 2020!

Thousands of disabled children and their parents are crying out for help right now. God does not ignore their cries and neither can we. This summer, Joni and Friends invites you to join our Hope Overflowing: 100,000 by 2020 campaign! Hope Overflowing: 100,000 by 2020 is a bold Joni and Friends initiative to deliver wheelchairs…

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Square Dancing with Jeremy

August 26, 2017 | Comments Off on Square Dancing with Jeremy
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Even though it has been awhile since I returned from Mission Springs Family Retreat, there is one memory that still brings a smile. It happened during the wheelchair square dance. Now you have to picture this: Fiddle music playing at the basketball court and dancers in western garb forming their squares. My dance partner was…

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Our Hummingbird

August 23, 2017 | Comments Off on Our Hummingbird
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In our back yard, we have two hummingbird feeders that Ken is constantly filling with sugar water. We love our tiny flock of dive-bombing birds; they’re so much fun to watch. The other day was particularly hot and as my friend was leaving our house, she spotted an injured hummingbird lying on the street. The…

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You Send So Much More than Wheelchairs…You Send Hope!

August 22, 2017 | Comments Off on You Send So Much More than Wheelchairs…You Send Hope!

Recently, 11-year-old Kenya and her mother came to our Wheels for the World outreach in need of a wheelchair. Kenya has bone cancer and had to have her right leg amputated. Once a month, she and her mom, Brenda, take the bus into the city for Kenya’s cancer treatments. Brenda is a single mom and…

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A Little Remodel

August 20, 2017 | Comments Off on A Little Remodel
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Lately, Ken and I have been looking at our kitchen, and it’s clear we need new cabinets—they came with the house back in the late 70s. Of course, talk then turned to the counter top, then the sink, the faucet, and finally, the floor (also installed in the late 70s). We groaned at the thought…

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Iceland’s Near Eradication of Down Syndrome through Abortion

August 18, 2017 | Comments Off on Iceland’s Near Eradication of Down Syndrome through Abortion
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Over 25 years ago when I served on the National Council on Disability, we responded vehemently against a report from the National Institutes on Health which listed abortion as a ‘disability prevention strategy.’ All 15 bi-partisan council members strongly advised the NIH to remove any reference which used abortion as a tactic in eliminating disability.…

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Thank You Donors!

August 18, 2017 | Comments Off on Thank You Donors!

You are sending the Good News of the Gospel worldwide to people affected by disability! Here at home and across the globe, your faithful prayers and generosity is sending practical help and hope through every ministry program at Joni and Friends. Thank you… …for faithfully offering your prayers, treasure, and time to reach children who…

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Ten Thousand Things

August 17, 2017 | Comments Off on Ten Thousand Things
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A few weeks ago, I was going through a tough season of pain. Every morning I awoke with searing hip pain. My get-up girls tried to ease my suffering with ice and massages, but as soon as I sat up in my wheelchair, there it was, ready to ambush my day. While at work that…

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Joni’s 2018 Planner – Available Now!

August 15, 2017 | Comments Off on Joni’s 2018 Planner – Available Now!
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Joni’s 2018 Planner is now available in our store! Designed from her beautiful painting A Light in the Forest, Joni captures iridescent sunlight falling through trees, transforming a dark forest into a cathedral of praise! The theme for the 2018 Joni Planner is the “Light of Christ.” Throughout the year, you’ll find encouragement in Joni’s monthly…

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