Month: July 2018

Fifty-One Years

July 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Fifty-One Years
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I was just a kid, packing my bags for my first year of college. A lazy Sunday, a spur of the moment decision to go swimming, a stupid dive into shallow water… and, well, you know how this story goes. Today marks 51 years of quadriplegia for me, and with every year that goes by, I marvel…

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Escape

July 29, 2018 | Comments Off on Escape

“Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.” – Ps. 68:20 Tomorrow marks the anniversary of my diving accident – decades have passed since that fateful day I crunched my neck, then floated helplessly paralyzed, face-down in shallow water. Someone once asked, “Didn’t you panic when you were…

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A Surprise Visit

July 27, 2018 | Comments Off on A Surprise Visit
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Serve at our Chicago Urban Family Retreat!

July 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Serve at our Chicago Urban Family Retreat!

“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 Do you live in the Chicago area and feel God’s calling to serve families affected by disability? We need you! Join us as a Short-Term-Missionary (STM) at our Chicago Urban Family…

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Joni Movie Premier in New Mexico

July 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Joni Movie Premier in New Mexico
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This weekend Ken and I are packing up and hitting the road again. This time, we are heading to New Mexico where I’ll be greeting friends at a red-carpet premiere of the recently remastered movie Joni. If you live in the Albuquerque area, I’d love to see you there… and bring your friends, especially those…

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We Praise God for You!

July 24, 2018 | Comments Off on We Praise God for You!

We want to thank you for your continuous prayers and faithfulness. Our departments could not accomplish ministry without you! You are part of everything we do here at Joni and Friends. Your faithful giving and prayers send the joy and hope of the Gospel to families affected by disability all over the world!  The Joni…

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Happy Parents’ Day!

July 22, 2018 | Comments Off on Happy Parents’ Day!
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You may not be aware of it, but today is Parents’ Day. It’s a time to “recognize, uplift, and support” those who parent, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to recognize the many moms and dads who care for children with special needs. Whenever I attend a Joni and Friends…

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Joni — An Unforgettable Story

July 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Joni — An Unforgettable Story

Joni’s classic autobiography will take you through her accident in 1967 that left her a quadriplegic and the journey of faith that followed, as God helped to piece her broken life together again. The Joni book has sold more than 5 million copies and has been translated into 50 languages! This updated edition is only $10 and includes…

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A Visit from David Francisco

July 20, 2018 | Comments Off on A Visit from David Francisco
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There’s no doubt about it, forgiveness is a powerful force for change. David was crossing an intersection on his bicycle when he was hit by a car that flew through a red light. David’s spinal cord endured permanent damage. And the driver of the car? Well, she had struggles of her own, as guilt and…

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The Sufferings of Jesus

July 19, 2018 | Comments Off on The Sufferings of Jesus

“In a loud voice they sang: ‘Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!’” – Revelation 5:12 In heaven, not only will our sufferings win us merit, the sufferings of Jesus will have an eternal perspective, too. Our Lord will be…

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