Let’s Get Going!

January 1, 2021

“Never lag in zeal and in earnest endeavor; be aglow and burning with the Spirit, serving the Lord. Rejoice and exult in hope; be steadfast and patient in suffering and tribulation; be constant in prayer.”  Romans 12:11-12 Last year’s battle with coronavirus opened my eyes to a war zone that ravages most of the world…

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Closing out 2020

December 31, 2020

Today on New Year’s Eve, I am reflecting on the many ups and downs I’ve struggled through this year, especially coming up and out of a difficult bout with the COVID virus. Every breath is a blessing. Even the chance to sit up in a wheelchair today is, for me, a precious gift (caregiving help…

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The Fragrance of a Feast

December 25, 2020

What a week! I’m so thankful for all of your prayers for my health as I am on the road to recovery from COVID-19. My doctors are pleased with how well I’ve responded to treatment, but I do appreciate your continued prayers! It certainly has been a different kind of Christmas season, hasn’t it? For…

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The Most Perfect Gift of All

December 14, 2020

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But how can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent?…

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Delivering Dignity to the Darkest Corners of the World

December 7, 2020

If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. 1 Corinthians 12:26 Many of us remember stocking up on sanitizer and toilet paper at the beginning of this global pandemic. We’ve gotten into the habit of washing our hands more often and cleaning high traffic areas with disinfectant wipes. But…

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Giving The Gift of Life This Christmas

November 23, 2020

Children with disabilities in poverty-stricken regions of the world aren’t thinking about what kind of Christmas gift might be under their tree this year. They’re wondering if they will survive to see another Christmas… or another day. In developing nations, nearly 80% of children with disabilities will not live to adulthood. Only 2% have access…

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In-Person Family Retreats Are Back!

November 21, 2020

When retreat centers started opening up again, we were ready, and so were the special needs families we serve!  During our two weeks of in-person Family Retreats in Oregon, families impacted by disability found renewed hope and new life after months of social isolation.  The Happy Grams were flowing all week, sharing God’s love and Christ-centered encouragement with every…

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It’s Personal

November 19, 2020

As I reflect back on the 40+ years since the founding of Joni and Friends, I am astounded at what God has done. I was 29 years old when God gave me the vision for this ministry – I was only a young adult, but I clearly recalled my hospital-days when I witnessed so much…

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Jesus Speaks Through Wheelchairs

November 16, 2020

“If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?” James 2:16 Jesus sees a child with a disability – forgotten and immobile on the cold, dirt floor of a back bedroom – and he says, “This moves me.…

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Meeting the Needs of People with Disabilities in Developing Nations 

November 13, 2020

Today, I pray these words bring great joy into your home and into your heart, because no matter what 2020 has looked like, now it’s time to focus on the birth of Jesus! Joy to the World – the Lord has come! This is the song on our lips, and it can be the joyful song of praise from every child who receives a wheelchair and a…

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