Joni and Friends Blog

Pray for International Family Retreats

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 12, 2018
  • International Family Retreat

The months of July and August are busy for our International Family Retreats (IFRs)! Hundreds of families affected by disability all around the world will enjoy fun games, crafts, outdoor recreation, and much-needed rest. At each Retreat, these families will hear the Gospel message, some for...

A Word from Doug Mazza

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 8, 2018
  • 1 Comment

After 20 years of faithful service, our President and Chief Operating Officer Doug Mazza is retiring...

Our Cause 4 Life Interns in Mexico!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 6, 2018
  • Cause 4 Life

Last week, our Arizona Cause 4 Life interns traveled to Rocky Point, Mexico to serve the disability community. On their first day, the team visited a school for students with special needs. They had so much fun playing games and spending time with each of the students – it was amazing to see...


From Joni’s Heart: Ministry Update

Twenty years ago, God brought Doug Mazza to serve as President and Chief Operating Officer...

A Wheelchair for Melissa

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 3, 2018
  • Wheels For The World

Ruth saw that her daughter Melissa was in desperate need of a wheelchair. And she knew she couldn’t carry her on her shoulders forever. Yet with disabilities such as spina bifida, hydrocephalus, seizures...

Your Prayers and Gifts Changed Cristina’s Future

Thousands of children with disabilities in developing countries like Romania urgently need kid-sized wheelchairs. They are in critically short supply and very expensive; in fact, wheelchairs can sometimes cost up to a year’s salary, which most families with special needs children cannot afford...

Eva in Uganda

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 27, 2018
  • Cause 4 Life

Disability has always been a part of Eva’s (shown left in photo) life. Growing up with her brother, James, on the Autism spectrum, she’s always had the desire to adopt skills to help her brother solve the every-day challenges he faces. This turned into a calling to minister to people in the disability community, so when she heard about our Cause 4 Life internship in Uganda, she was ready to join the team!

While in Uganda, Eva went through our Beyond Suffering Curriculum and was trained on the biblical view of disability, a theology of suffering, and a practical application of serving people affected by disability. She also visited the Kampala School for the Physically Handicapped, where she was able to share special needs resources with the teachers and staff...

You Sent the Truth and Love of Jesus Worldwide!

You’ve shared the good news of the Gospel in Ghana, Cuba, Brazil, and Peru through Wheels for the World. Through your prayers and generosity, you provided these children with new opportunities and hope in Jesus! With every wheelchair you send, each recipient receives a Bible and a Joni book in their language. They also receive a Gospel bracelet as they hear the Gospel from a local pastor. The Gospel Bracelet consists of six beads: black representing sin (Rom. 3:23); red representing Christ’s blood (Rom. 5:8); white representing forgiveness (Isa. 1:18); blue representing baptism (Acts 2:42); green representing growth (2 Pet. 3:18); and yellow...   

Brand New Lighthouse Tote!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 19, 2018
  • What's New in Our Store

The Lighthouse Tote features artwork by Joni Eareckson Tada on both sides. For only $25, this tote is the perfect accessory for any person on the go. With a light tan interior and zipper top, this spacious and sturdy tote is ideal for carrying your Bible, supplies, and more! It is great to use for a trip to...

Poland International Family Retreat

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 14, 2018
  • International Family Retreat

We’re so excited for what God has planned for our Poland International Family Retreat this year! Held on the coast of the Baltic Sea, this Retreat gives families affected by disability a place to connect while participating in Bible studies, worship, crafts, games, and more. 

Our team will be led by Heather, one of our fantastic Short-Term Missionaries (STMs) who serves each year at our Spruce Lake Family Retreat. But last year, Heather stepped out in faith and traveled overseas to experience Family Retreat in Poland. And almost immediately, she was blown away by the integration of the international body of Christ! They all worked together as a team to...

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