Family Retreats

Volunteer with International Family Retreats!

March 6, 2019

  Joni and Friends offers hope and love to families affected by disability through International Family Retreats! Come serve alongside local churches to help families experience acceptance and the life-changing message of the Gospel in a safe and accessible camp environment. All volunteers are given an opportunity to use their gifts and skillsets to empower…

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2019 Family Retreat Schedule

November 30, 2018

I know we’re just wrapping up November, and there’s lots of activity between now and next summer, but I couldn’t wait to share the 2019 Family Retreat Schedule. Although registration opens in January, I wanted you to take a look at the schedule now – download it and ask the Lord if He wants you…

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You Bring Jesus to Special Needs Families at Family Retreat

September 25, 2018

“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…

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From Joni’s Heart – Family Retreats!

September 19, 2018

“I have told you these things so that you will be filled with My joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” John 15:11  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…

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51 Weeks

July 14, 2018

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 families, our Family…

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Salvation in Jesus and a Baptism at Family Retreat!

April 28, 2018

“Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.” -Galatians 6:10 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,…

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Family Retreats: Rest and Restoration in Jesus

April 1, 2018

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 a place where they can let down their guard and breathe in God’s renewing presence. They need a safe haven where they can receive…

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Why Family Retreat?

September 26, 2017

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, 24/7 care. Families affected by disability desperately need a place where they can let down their guard…

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Your Service Strengthens Families Through Christ!

September 19, 2017

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…

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From the Heart

September 8, 2017

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 on each Happy Gram were filled with powerful hope…

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