Family Retreats

You Bring Jesus to Special Needs Families at Family Retreat

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 25, 2018
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"Then Jesus said, ‘Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.’” Matthew 11:28 

All year long, families with a disabled child live on the edge of exhaustion. There are sleepless nights… endless medical appointments… challenges at school… financial pressures. Caring for their loved one demands every resource, and is non-stop 24/7 care.  

Families affected by disability desperately need a place where they can let down their guard and breathe in God’s renewing presence. They’re hungry for spiritual encouragement and heart-to-heart connection with others who experience the...

From Joni’s Heart - Family Retreats!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 19, 2018
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Jesus is heaven-bent on sharing His joy with us. Just look at the verse and you will see that He is driven to overflow us with His joy. He longs for us to step into the thunderous waterfall of His heavenly gladness – and He gives splashes of that wondrous joy at every Joni and Friends’ Family...

51 Weeks

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 14, 2018
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When a child is diagnosed with a disability, it affects the whole family 24/7. Rarely is relief or support available to them, and the challenges they face daily are made worse by isolation. But there’s one week out of the year that’s different! For the Light family and hundreds of other special needs...

Salvation in Jesus and a Baptism at Family Retreat!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 28, 2018
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Thank you for allowing God to use you to pour out His love to families affected by disability. One such family is the Wallrauchs. Todd and Krysta came with their daughter, Elizabeth, and son, Matthew, who has autism. It’s easy for these parents to feel exhausted and alone when taking care of a child with...

Family Retreats: Rest and Restoration in Jesus

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 1, 2018
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All year long, families affected by disability live on the edge of exhaustion: sleepless nights, endless medical appointments, dreary routines, and financial pressures. Isolation and weariness cause so much discouragement and hopelessness for these families. Special-needs families desperately need...

Why Family Retreat?

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 26, 2017
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Why Family Retreat?

All year long, families with a disabled child live on the edge of exhaustion. There are sleepless nights… endless medical appointments… challenges at school, and financial pressures. Caring for their loved one demands every resource, and it’s non-stop...

Your Service Strengthens Families Through Christ!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 19, 2017
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Your Service Strengthens Families through Christ! Mackenzie White heard about serving as a Short-Term Missionary (STM) at Family Retreat through her local church. “I thought it sounded like a great experience and looked forward to meeting my camper and family,” she told us. That was a couple years ago. Now she’s back again to serve and share the love of Jesus with families affected by disability.

When families come to Family Retreat, they enjoy opportunities to bond with each other, rest, receive spiritual renewal, and build lasting memories. The demands of disability back at home can be overwhelming. Because of selfless volunteers like Mackenzie, families can...

From the Heart

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 8, 2017
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Joni and Ken

Not long ago, Ken and I went down to the Joni and Friends’ mail room to look at some of the Happy Grams our supporters sent in. (You may have written one, too.) When I read the messages, my heart was deeply moved. The hand-written words...

Serve with us in North Carolina!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 24, 2017
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Family RetreatDo you live near the Smoky Mountains and want to serve families affected by disability this summer? Come volunteer with us at Family Retreat! Set in the mountains of Flat Rock, North Carolina...

Family Retreat Season

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 13, 2017
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Family Retreat CarThe month of June means our Family Retreat season is moving into high gear, with Retreats for special needs families being held across the country. This van, heading to Missions Springs Family Retreat, is filled with STM (Short Term Missionary)...

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