International Family Retreats

You Send Joy, Hope, and Jesus’ Love

April 1, 2019

”Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you… have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.” – Philemon 1:7 The day to day realities of caring for a child with disability are often overwhelming. Isolation and fatigue can rip even the strongest families apart. Medical and economic challenges can weigh down hard on the hearts of the…

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Share God’s Love with the People of Romania!

March 25, 2019

Come share God’s love with families affected by disability in Romania! Around the world, families impacted by disability face extraordinary challenges. In countries where we serve, families coping with disability are often excluded from local community life. Joni and Friends is able to offer hope and help to struggling families through International Family Retreats! The…

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10 Years of El Salvador Family Retreat

March 15, 2019

Joni and Friends El Salvador Family Retreat recently celebrated 10 years of serving families affected by disability! This amazing retreat has brought love, hope, and the Gospel message to hundreds of families affected by disability. We were blessed to have had the opportunity to celebrate with our in-country partner organization, Fundación Venciendo Barreras (Overcoming Barriers),…

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A Heart-Opening Outreach

December 5, 2018

We love seeing who God calls to serve at International Family Retreats! Each year Short-Term Missionaries (STMs) from all different backgrounds, ethnicities, ages, and life-experiences come together to show Christ’s love to families affected by disability. This year we were blessed to send Simone to our Family Retreat in Peru. Simone works at Joni and…

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A Faith Transformation

October 19, 2018

A question we love to ask our Short-Term Missionaries (STMs) when they return from serving an at International Family Retreat is, “How did God use serving as an STM to impact your faith?” After spending time serving families affected by disability you walk away changed. We had the pleasure of hearing from Geraldine when she…

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Finding Community at Family Retreat

September 21, 2018

Here at Joni and Friends, we love hearing about how Family Retreat brings transformational love to families affected by disability. Parents of children with special needs often arrive feeling exhausted, discouraged and alone. Through the work of our amazing short-term missionaries (STMs) and the presence of the Holy Spirit, every family goes home feeling refreshed…

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Pray for International Family Retreats

July 12, 2018

The months of July and August are busy for our International Family Retreats (IFRs)! Hundreds of families affected by disability all around the world will enjoy fun games, crafts, outdoor recreation, and much-needed rest. At each Retreat, these families will hear the Gospel message, some for the very first time. Would you join us in praying…

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Poland International Family Retreat

June 14, 2018

We’re so excited for what God has planned for our Poland International Family Retreat this year! Held on the coast of the Baltic Sea, this Retreat gives families affected by disability a place to connect while participating in Bible studies, worship, crafts, games, and more. Our team will be led by Heather, one of our…

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Jodie’s Story

May 16, 2018

It’s such a privilege being able to see Short Term Missionaries from Domestic Family Retreats take a leap of faith and share the gospel with families at our International Family Retreats! Jodie has been a faithful volunteer with Joni and Friends for 10 years, serving at both Spruce Lake Family Retreat and various other Family Retreats around the…

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Serve at an International Family Retreat!

March 16, 2018

Here at Joni and Friends, we offer unique short-term mission experiences through our International Family Retreats (IFRs), a program that extends love, acceptance, and compassion to families affected by disability around the world. And for over 10 years, we’ve sent volunteers to train the local church, provide disability support, capture photos, and be part of the…

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