Joni's Response to COVID-19
Wheels for the World™
Wheels for the World™ provides the gift of mobility along with the hope of the Gospel to people affected by disability worldwide.
Family Retreats offer a haven for families impacted by disability. In a fully accessible camp environment, families are cared for, rejuvenated, and encouraged in Christ.
International Family Retreats
In partnership with local churches, International Family Retreats provide Christ-centered care and encouragement in an accessible camp environment for families impacted by disability in developing countries.
Cause 4 Life, Global Missions and Internships
Cause 4 Life equips students for leadership in disability ministry. Through hands-on internships, students learn how to impact their churches and communities for Christ, advocating for justice and equality for all people impacted by disability.
Church Training Resources
Our Church Engagement team partners with churches to help create a disability-welcoming environment, providing resources and disability ministry training.
Christian Institute on Disability
The Christian Institute on Disability is the leading authority on disability-related issues from a biblical perspective, offering higher education, ministry training, and public policy that promotes a biblical understanding of life, human dignity, and the value of all individuals.
Joni and Friends radio provides hope and encouragement through Joni Eareckson Tada’s “Joni and Friends” and “Diamonds in the Dust” radio programs.
News, Stories, Inspiration
God’s Temple Has a Place for Everyone. Do Our Churches?
The story of Jesus cleansing the temple can be an awkward read for church leaders. We read in Matthew’s gospel how Jesus rides into Jerusalem to the praises of the people shouting, “Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!” and then makes his way directly to the temple. In the most pivotal week of his ministry, and…
What Holy Week Can Teach Us about Disappointment
Seasons of disappointment challenge us to understand God’s idea of “good,” if we’ll but listen. For it so easy to praise God when times are good… but far more difficult when times are bad. Think about the first Palm Sunday. The Gospel of Matthew tells the story of Jesus’ grand entrance into Jerusalem in chapter…
Give Joy and Encouragement to Families with Special-Needs!
“If you satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness.” Isaiah 58:10 Family Retreats humble me. The families Ken and I meet are powerful examples of God’s sustaining grace to the weary and wounded. Like the Trotters. Things were going along nicely for Rob and Cheryl, then their first…
Raising Three Sons with Autism
During this time of “safer at home,” many people are experiencing the loneliness of isolation for the first time. But for special needs families, isolation is not just a seasonal challenge, it is often a daily reality. This week as we kick off Autism Awareness Month on the podcast, Crystal is talking with Greg and…
Safety Protocols for the Vulnerable and At Risk
Just yesterday I was on the phone with a fellow quadriplegic who asked, “Joni, I’ve got so many caregivers coming and going, and it’s making me nervous. Tell me, what are you doing to protect yourself?” It’s a question being circulated among many of my friends with disabilities. And as I tell them, my husband…
Lessons of Loneliness: What God Can Teach Us Through COVID-19
Here in Los Angeles, the absence of snarling traffic is normally a welcome change of pace. But today the silence is deafening. Schools, businesses, and churches have moved their activities online. Collectively, we have all learned what “Zoom calls,” “novel virus,” and “social distancing” mean. But while this “new normal” of isolation might feel unproductive,…
Do you know someone who has been wounded by the misuse of Scripture? Or excluded from the life of the church because they haven’t been miraculously healed? On the Joni and Friends Ministry Podcast, Crystal Keating is talking again with counselor Darby Strickland who teaches at Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation’s online School of Biblical…
A Condescending Gospel
“Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Mark 9:35 (NIV) If the idea of ministering to people with disabilities has ever made you uncomfortable, let me be the first to give a hearty “amen.” If you could see me, that “amen” might sound pretty strange. I…
Down Syndrome: Changing the Conversation
Today is World Down Syndrome Day and it’s a wonderful day to celebrate people who have an extra 21st chromosome. Yes, I do mean celebrate! According to research, individuals with Down syndrome love who they are and the life they live. Why is it, then, that babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in the womb are…