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Discovering a New Community Through Disability

October 17, 2019

Nicole Pollastrini is back to the podcast! Last episode, Nicole shared how her daughter’s unexpected diagnosis of Down syndrome impacted her family. Today she’s talking about the community she found through her daughter’s special needs. The diagnosis of disability for Sage opened Nicole’s world to new people facing similar challenges. This community of other parents raising…

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Making the Gospel Accessible

September 12, 2019

“All people can and should learn the Scriptures. The Bible matters to everybody. We owe it to our friends, no matter what the disability, to open up the Word of God for them and help them be able to receive it.” –Gina Spivey This week on the podcast Crystal has invited Carrie Jones, a special…

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The 5 Love Languages for Parents Raising Children with Special Needs

August 22, 2019

“The demands of caring for children who have medical conditions, developmental or cognitive delays, disabilities, behavior issues, are on the autism spectrum, or have other special needs can stress marriages to their breaking point. That’s the bad news. The good news is that care giving parents who know about and implement the love languages say…

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When You Discover Your Calling

July 25, 2019

God may use unexpected situations or experiences in your life to reveal His purpose for you – sometimes even giving you a new calling. Today on the podcast, Crystal is chatting with Adam Rinehart who serves as Associate Director, Special Needs Ministry at Calvary Community Church in Southern California. Now Adam didn’t expect to have…

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Typical Siblings: When Your Sister or Brother Has a Disability

June 20, 2019

“It’s a normal brother-sister relationship. Yes, there are challenges. Yes, there are hard days. But there are also some really good days. At the end of the day, you’re my brother, you’re my sister. I love you.” – Jessica Johnson We know that disability impacts the entire family, but sometimes we can miss the impact…

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The Importance of Community

May 9, 2019

No one is an island. We all need community. And for a family impacted by disability, having a community of support to share encouragement and help meet real needs can change everything. On today’s Mother’s Day episode of the Joni and Friends Ministry Podcast, Crystal talks with Cynthia Berry, a woman who has faced a…

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Starting a Buddy Ministry

April 25, 2019

If you are looking for how to welcome families impacted by disability in your church, creating a buddy ministry is one of the best ways to begin! A buddy ministry is more than a program, it’s about building relationships. And serving as a buddy to an individual with disability provides friendship, discipleship, and Kingdom-belonging for…

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Engaging Volunteers at Your Church

April 18, 2019

“People are people and everybody has a place in the church family. When you get to know somebody, you can help them to be a part of the family. If you never take the time to get to know them, that’s not going to happen.” -Bret Welshymer Everyone who comes through the church doors should…

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Invisible Disabilities: Fibromyalgia

April 11, 2019

“For a lot of people who deal with chronic pain it’s like walking constantly in a state of storm… for someone who only sees sunshine and clear skies, they can’t even comprehend that it’s storming.” –Hallie Sheaffer Not all disabilities are visible. While on the outside someone may look as if everything is fine, a…

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The Wheelchair Project

March 30, 2019

God is doing amazing things in Thailand! I recently had the privilege to visit our partner, the Wheelchair Project, in Chiang Mai and connect with pastors who are involved in disability ministry there, in Chiang Rai, and in Bangkok. The Wheelchair Project is a public service sponsored by the Royal Princess through which the government’s…

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