Family Retreats

The Gospel Lived Out at Family Retreat

January 10, 2020

The responsibilities of caring for a child with a disability never end. Often, these moms and dads feel there is simply no relief in sight… they are at an utter loss as to where to find someone they can relate to, someone outside their own family. Isolation is an everyday heartbreak for families wrestling with…

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Leaving a Family Retreat Legacy in 2019!

November 4, 2019

“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them.” – Proverbs 3:27 The Fernandez Family: Savannah and her family felt loved by everyone, and were overflowing with joy at Family Retreat this summer! Alessia in El Salvador: Alessia attended International Family Retreat in El Salvador for the…

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Strengthening Families with Jesus’ Love

September 23, 2019

“Family Retreat is like having another family.” The Hintz family recently came to one of our Joni and Friends Family Retreats in Northern California this summer. Rich and Joanne came with their sons, Jeremy and Cody (who has Down syndrome). It’s normal for parents to feel overwhelmed and alone when taking care of a child…

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A Lifeline For The Weary

September 3, 2019

On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable… 1 Corinthians 12:22 When Tiffany, a single mom, and her daughter, Macie, (who has cerebral palsy) came to their first Family Retreat, they wondered if they’d fit in. Macie has little control over her limbs, must be fed through a tube, and cannot speak. Instead this bright teenager…

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Our Brand New Nebraska Family Retreat!

August 21, 2019

“Joni, when will you bring Family Retreats to the upper mid-West?” I’m often asked that question, and so, I’ve been praying Joni and Friends would be able to bring Retreats to special needs families in eastern Montana, the Dakotas, Nebraska and eastern Colorado. And now, it’s happening! But I need your help to pull it…

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God Equips Us When We Call Upon Him

August 12, 2019

My name is Maggie and I had the opportunity to serve at Joni and Friends Family Retreat in New Mexico this summer. This is the third camp I have been able to attend. Although every time I have gone to camp it has been incredible, there was something special about this week that really impacted…

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A Life-Changing Experience 

July 24, 2019

Since 2012, I have volunteered at ten Family Retreats! Each one has been a joyful reminder of God’s love and kindness. When I was just 15, volunteering at my first Family Retreat in Ohio, I was intimidated and wary of serving in ways that I had never served before. I had no idea what to expect. That…

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A Full Summer of Outreach!

July 8, 2019

Family Retreats are in full swing for the summer! Since the first Retreat in 1991, over 63,000 families have been served all over the United States thanks to your generous support and prayers. And this summer, even more families are finding rest and rejuvenation across the nation at 41 different Retreats. Right at this moment,…

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The Joy I Found in Serving

June 1, 2019

When I was 12 years old, our good friend, Steve Pyne, invited my mother and I to serve at Family Retreat at Camp Allen. We didn’t know what to expect, but that year changed my life! As a young girl, I was blown away by the love, the smiles, the joy, and the fun that…

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The Least Qualified Volunteer

May 17, 2019

“Why did you place me here God? Maybe this isn’t for me….” These were some of the thoughts that filled my head as I sat at my desk, just three months after being hired at Joni and Friends. I loved my coworkers and the Joni and Friends culture, but something was missing…  I came into Joni and Friends with…

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