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New Disability Ministry Resource – Beyond Our Church Walls

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 9, 2018
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  • What's New in Our Store

Beyond Our Church WallsIf you invite us, don’t send us away…

The Great Commission, given by Jesus to his disciples: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

As God’s redeemed people, we are called to go beyond our church walls to help bridge the gap—the gap that all people experience between themselves and Christ (this is evangelism), and the gap between the church and individuals affected by disability (this is accessible outreach). Are you looking for strategies to help bridge these gaps in your community? The final book...

On Giving Tuesday...

Your Gift Will Give a Child New Life

There is a small home in the poverty-stricken village of Brasov, Romania. In this home, lives a young boy named Zoltan, who was born with Cerebral Palsy. Unable to move freely, Zoltan has spent most of his life in the shadows of his home.

If you could change the life of a disabled child who is isolated and overlooked...

Therefore...

Notice the “therefore” in today’s reading. Jesus was on a journey of humility – he was God, but he made himself nothing. He was a servant, but he was utterly obedient, even unto death. And not only an average death, but death on the cross. At each level, Jesus humbles himself more. And the...

Make an Eternal Difference on #GivingTuesday

Thousands of children and adults are living without the independence and mobility a wheelchair provides. They have been deemed unclean and isolated from their community. Throughout the developing world, wheelchairs are either very expensive or extremely scarce. Together, we...

What Do I Have?

"I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances… I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation." -Philippians 4:11-12

“All I need, I already have.” Do you believe that statement? It is one I have wrestled with in recent days.

What do I have? Well, I don’t have use of my hands, legs, or the sense of touch to feel Ken’s embrace. But I do have a voice, a wheelchair, and a husband who loves me. And that, according to the Lord, is all I need. For if there was anything more I needed, he would have given it to me.  Am I using what I have?  God never gives us a task without supplying the need. His command never comes without empowerment. Am I prepared to lose what I have? This is the litmus test of...

Fruit Comes through Struggle

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 26, 2018
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Last week Ken and I visited Tim, a friend from church, who grows several rare varieties of grapes on the hillside behind his house. I was surprised that Tim had planted his vines along a steep and rocky portion of the hill. “Why didn’t you plant the vines at the base of the hill?” I asked him. “The soil...

Thank You, Faithful Friends!

Every month, you are sending the Good News of the Gospel to people affected by disability. Here at home and across the globe, your faithful prayers and continuing support are sending hope and practical help through every ministry program at Joni and Friends. Not a monthly donor...

A Faith Transformation

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 19, 2018
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  • International Family Retreat

A question we love to ask our Short-Term Missionaries (STMs) when they return from serving an at International Family Retreat is, “How did God use serving as an STM to impact your faith?” We had the pleasure of hearing from Geraldine when she returned from serving at her first Family Retreat...

Mother and Daughter Shine for Jesus through Service

It all started with a video of Joni and Ken that was shown at Friendship Club (a special needs ministry) at the church where Shelby attends. Shortly after, Auggie and her daughter, Shelby, were sponsored by their church to attend Family Retreat in 2015. Because of Family Retreattheir lives...

Happy 69th Birthday, Joni!

Today, we are celebrating Joni’s 69th birthday! We continue to see the Lord’s faithfulness in her life as she pours out her heart into the ministry of Joni and Friends. And as she celebrates today, she remembers the hundreds of believers who prayed for her healing when she was first injured. They...

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