An Unexpected Diagnosis: Moving from Fear to Hope

March 21, 2019

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Spotify When Shauna arrived at the doctor’s office for her four-month ultrasound, the question on her mind was what color to paint the nursery. But after an unexpected diagnosis of Down syndrome, she and her husband left with more questions than answers. “I pinched myself. I literally pinched myself. The one…

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No Longer on the Island of Disability

March 20, 2019

God sets the lonely in families (Psalm 68:6). This looks different for each person, of course. For me, my husband, and our children… Well, we felt isolated and alone – living on the island of disability – when our third baby was diagnosed with Down syndrome. In those early days of Sarah’s life, it was…

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Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk – Doug Mazza

March 4, 2019

My dear friend Doug Mazza served as President and COO of Joni and Friends for 20 years, and he did much to strengthen our ministry and expand our outreach to people with disabilities for the cause of Christ. Right before he retired, he sat down with Dr. James Dobson to talk a little about, well……

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March Lock Screens

March 3, 2019

March is Wheelchair Collection Month! We invite you to get involved! Download one of our lock screen images to be reminded to pray for Wheels for the World! More than 70 million people worldwide are in need of a wheelchair, yet only 10% have access to one.* In less-resourced countries, a person with limited mobility…

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It’s Personal

February 28, 2019

As I reflect back on the forty 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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Look Up!

February 18, 2019

When I was little and went horseback riding with my sisters, I had a hard time keeping up.  My problem was that I rode an old appaloosa mare who couldn’t quite keep up with my sisters’ faster horses. But I didn’t mind. That is, until we came to the edge of a river. My sisters…

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Will You Let Us Pray for You?

February 15, 2019

“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 At Joni and Friends, we’re passionate about prayer. If you have any prayer requests, let us know… we’d love to pray for you! Every morning at Joni and Friends, our staff gathers at 8:00 a.m.…

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A Mother’s Faith is Strengthened

February 4, 2019

You brought hope to a mother and daughter from across the globe through your faithful prayers and support! Ganea from Romania desperately needed a miracle for her daughter, Denisa, who has multiple disabilities. When Ganea gave birth to Denisa, she had a twin brother, but only Denisa survived. Denisa is paralyzed on her left side, cannot walk, and her…

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It’s Not Too Late!

February 1, 2019

For years, I’ve been putting out the call every January and February to ask all the friends of our ministry to participate in a Valentine’s Day gift and card shower for five families in need of a mid-winter boost. We call it Heart for the Disabled. Each year we choose families who are facing extraordinary…

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A Little Sunshine

January 26, 2019

Last week here in California, we were deluged with nearly a week of heavy rain – during those days of relentless downpour, there was very little sun in Sunny California. But during that time, a friend sent me a video that added a little sunshine to my rainy days. And no matter what the weather…

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