Stories

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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Rock Your Socks for World Down Syndrome Day!

March 18, 2019

World Down Syndrome Day is fast approaching! Every March 21st people all over the planet celebrate World Down Syndrome Day – a global opportunity to raise awareness about Down syndrome and showcase all of the amazing ways people with Down syndrome make the world a better place. Down syndrome is also known as trisomy 21…

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Volunteer with International Family Retreats!

March 6, 2019

  Joni and Friends offers hope and love to families affected by disability through International Family Retreats! Come serve alongside local churches to help families experience acceptance and the life-changing message of the Gospel in a safe and accessible camp environment. All volunteers are given an opportunity to use their gifts and skillsets to empower…

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Collecting Wheelchairs with Bernie

March 4, 2019

Isn’t it amazing how God is always leading you? Just like how God has been leading Bernie Punte all these years. One day, while listening to the radio, Bernie heard about Joni and Friends. He instantly connected to the mission and felt the Lord tug on his heart to give. And for that, he received a…

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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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The Life Changing Wheelchair

March 3, 2019

5-year-old Amezash is used to seeing her world from the ground. Born with a disability, Amezash cannot walk or use her legs. Her mother, Akli, carries her around on her back. Akli and her husband love and care for Amezash dearly, but a wheelchair costs more than they can afford. They felt defeated knowing they…

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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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Outreach During Civil Unrest in Haiti

February 22, 2019

The bumpy ride from the Port-au-Prince Airport to our hotel was an intense 4 hours; the final leg of a trip that began nearly 4 months earlier. Our Wheels for the World mission – originally scheduled for last November – had been postponed due to intense local rioting and political unrest. Which meant, if we…

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The Power of ‘Heart for the Disabled’

February 5, 2019

As a husband, I do not rejoice at the site of tears flowing down my wife’s cheeks; that is, unless they are tears of joy. As I turned the corner of our small two bedroom house in California, there she sat on the floor. Box torn open, with cards, letters and small gifts piled in her…

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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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