Joni’s Posts

Thanks to God!

March 3, 2019

When I reflect on 40 years of Joni and Friends’ outreach, I’m breathless with wonder at God’s faithfulness. I started this ministry because I was stirred by the command of Jesus in Luke 14 to “Go out, find the disabled, the lame and the blind… and bring them in.” God had brought me into His…

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A Passion to Help People Impacted by Disability

March 2, 2019

When one of my co-workers makes it into a framed photo on my desk shelf, it really means something! My shelves are speckled with photos of people and events that inspire me and keep me ‘going.’ And when I think of encouraging men who’ve made long-time investments in Wheels for the World, Dana Croxton and…

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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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Heart for the Disabled Update

February 25, 2019

Stories from our Heart for the Disabled deliveries are coming in, and for all of you who participated in the campaign, thank you! These special needs families were awestruck by the outpouring of love you showered on them. One recipient-family was deeply affected by the government shutdown, so our Valentine care package proved to be…

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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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“Number of My Days” with Tommy Walker

February 22, 2019

I’m a big fan of Tommy Walker’s music, and recently he invited me to sing his new song, “Number of My Days.” Given that I am still in a battle with cancer, I take to heart every word. Oh Jesus, help me to prize every day as a treasure. Tommy said it best, “To count…

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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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