Joni’s Posts

Rock My Socks!

March 21, 2019

Most mornings, I don’t have to think hard about my footwear. Since my socks and shoes don’t get worn out from walking, they last for years! Yet today, I spent a little extra time getting dressed. It’s because I want to Rock my Socks! Here at Joni and Friends, and even across the globe, people…

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The Simple Obvious

March 6, 2019

There is a story we hear over and over at Joni and Friends. It’s of a church that doesn’t think they can start a disability ministry. And yet, the more we talk with leaders, we learn that they already are hard at work helping a regular attender that has significant special needs. The church leadership…

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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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Help Collect Wheelchairs

March 1, 2019

Earlier this week my friend Katherine Wolf posted a picture of herself on Facebook. The picture shows her sitting in a beach wheelchair, enjoying the breeze coming off the ocean. It’s a picture of a beautiful day (and lovely person!). It made me wish to be right alongside her. But with her picture she asked…

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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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A Call for Volunteers

February 26, 2019

Having come to Christ in 1964 through Young Life, I was honored to be invited several years ago to serve on the Board of Young Life Capernaum, Young Life’s outreach to teens with disabilities. Joni and Friends and Young Life Capernaum have been discussing for years how we might join forces to reach not only…

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100,000 Wheelchairs by 2020

February 24, 2019

The need for wheelchairs worldwide remains great. 70 million people can only dream of being lifted out of the dirt and into a chair of dignity and opportunity. But right now, in developing nations all around the world, the lives of disabled children and adults are being transformed. You can help us send wheelchairs and the…

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Congratulations from Nick Vujicic!

February 23, 2019

As Joni and Friends celebrates our 40th anniversary all year long, I’m so encouraged by the friends who have taken the time to say a few words of congratulations. Today those words come from Nick Vujicic, who I’m sure is no stranger to you. He was born without arms or legs and has had a…

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The Time to Protect Life

February 20, 2019

When my friend Stephanie Hubach has something to say, I listen! She is currently Senior Research Fellow on Disability Ministry at Covenant Seminary, and I was delighted to pen the foreword to her premier work on disability ministry in the church Same Lake, Different Book. Last week she contributed an excellent article on pro-life and pro-abortion…

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Cancer Update: Skin Recovery

February 18, 2019

They say that radiation is only supposed to give you a bad sunburn. But last week, after my chest wall was bombarded from 28 sessions of radiation, my poor skin just gave up – my radiologist gave me time off to rest the red, raw area. I was to resume treatment on Monday morning, but again, he…

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