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Reflections from a Vocational Intern

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 20, 2015
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Reflections from an Intern | Cause 4 Life Vocational Interns with Joni Eareckson TadaLast summer, I arrived at Joni and Friends as a Cause 4 Life vocational intern with one goal in mind: receive college credit for a two-week writing internship with Joni and Friends. But in four short weeks, God quickly revealed how shallow my expectations were. While I diligently worked with Cause 4 Life, He opened my eyes to a new ministry – disability ministry – and taught me to see my life and skills...

The Same, But Different

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 12, 2015
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Cause 4 Life intern serving in HaitiFor each Cause 4 Life intern, God brought them face to face with disability, which led to an interest in disability ministry and then to an internship with Joni and Friends. But each intern has a unique story. At first glance, Sawyer and Josh seem pretty similar — both are West Coast Academy interns from Delaware who heard about Cause 4 Life internships through the same friend. However, their stories are different. Sawyer struggles with effects from a previous brain injury. While serving at a special needs orphanage in Haiti, he met children like Kimberly: despite her profound disability...

God’s Little Surprises

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 4, 2015
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Cause 4 Life InternsThis summer, our Cause 4 Life interns are discovering that God loves to surprise them. Serving at Family Retreat, overseas in Haiti or the Dominican Republic, and in local churches, there have been countless opportunities for God to surpass their expectations. He surprised Theresa, one of our East Coast Academy interns, when she was paired...

Cause 4 Life Interns Serving in the Dominican Republic

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 3, 2015
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Cause 4 Life East Coast Academy InternsThe Cause 4 Life East Coast Academy team is wrapping up their internship by serving in the Dominican Republic at a special needs orphanage and with special needs children at a local school. The last five weeks have brought these eight young leaders together as a beautiful example of Christ’s vision for the church. With many skill sets and abilities, these...

A Talent For Hugs

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 28, 2015
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Anna Kate with AndrewFor Anna Kate, spending time with Andrew was easy — even if communication was challenging. As an STM volunteer at the Murrieta Family Retreat, she was paired with Andrew, a 14-year-old boy who has autism and is non-verbal. Even though he struggled with physical pain and understanding at times, he exhibited incredible joy. Whether with water play, music, or at the playhouse, Andrew’s joyful screams, “Whoa, whoa, whoa,” could be heard across the Retreat campus. And this happy boy loved to hug everyone… even the tall...

Building Bridges of Communication at Family Retreat

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 21, 2015
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Katelyn and Beaudy serving the Fass Family“It’s important to know that people with disabilities can communicate like anyone else. God made them that way for a reason,” said Cause 4 Life intern Katelyn Casey as she shared about her time at Bison Ranch Family Retreat. For her, no one illustrated this principle better than the Fass family. When Jeremy Fass was a little boy, his parents dropped him off at the Tucson Deaf School and didn’t return. Despite this heartbreaking beginning, Jeremy is an energetic husband and father of three...

A Slice of Heaven

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 15, 2015
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Cause 4 Life interns serving at Family Retreat
For days, the suspense has been building. Our Cause 4 Life interns are eager to experience a “slice of heaven,” a week of fellowship and ministry that they’ll never forget. Three of our teams are serving at Family Retreat this week—the West Coast and Arizona Academies at Bison Ranch in Arizona, and the Bootcamp at Murrieta...

The Family of God

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 8, 2015
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Cause 4 Life intern serving in MexicoOutside of the Church of God in Mexico, a rusted bronze sign reads “Family of God.” God’s family, which extends beyond country borders, is bringing disability ministry to new levels in Mexico. Recently, the Highlands Church and Sierra Vista Church from Arizona partnered with our Cause 4 Life Arizona Academy interns to kick off Church of God’s disability ministry through serving at VBS. The journey began with the realization of a need. This past Sunday, Pastor Tad preached on the need for disability ministry...

A Boost of Excitement and Encouragement

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 30, 2015
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MMA East InternsTwelve days into their internship and our Cause 4 Life East Coast team have made friendships that will last a lifetime. These girls have discovered that no matter where they go—at their internship, hotel, or on the DC metro—God has brought people across their paths to bring excitement and encouragement. In this short amount of time, our team has been blessed with many opportunities to...

Cause 4 Life: Climbing Walls Together

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 22, 2015
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Cause 4 Life team in ChinaFor twelve days, our Cause 4 Life team in China served at the Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village, where more than sixty children thrive in a loving atmosphere. Our interns assisted the staff with a field day, assessments for children with disabilities, and simple acts of service. But what marked this group of girls who had never...

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