Joni and Friends Blog

Loving the Least of These

Meet Andy Flores, who was born with no arms and recently came with his parents to International Family Retreat! Because of your financial generosity and steadfast prayers for families living with disability, Andy and his family experienced the joy, hope, and love of Jesus! Their lives will never be the same and you’ve renewed their faith! Thank you for answering the call and loving the ‘least of these!’ 

Families dealing with a disability desperately need a place where they can let down their guard and breathe in God’s renewing presence. And its exactly what happened to the Flores family, Wilfredo, Angela, and their son, Andy, at International Family Retreat in El Salvador!

The Flores family was invited to come for the first time to International Family Retreat, not knowing what to expect or if their family would be accepted. Mom Angela told us, “International Family Retreat is incredible. Our family never imagined we could come to a place like this and forget all the daily struggles and pain that come with disability and instead find families just like us who understand disability. Family Retreat is necessary for families like us!”

Families like the Flores’ need you! They need your prayers and God-given generosity for scholarships to come to the rescue and open the door so that Jesus can reach into their hearts and change their lives!

Many families who come to the International Family Retreat are at the breaking point – financially, emotionally, and spiritually. Family Retreat is a life saver for them! “We want to thank everyone for the life-changing, spiritual, and emotional encouragement that they’ve given our family!”

Thank you for strengthening families through your steadfast prayer and support. You’ve given kids like, Andy, much to smile about!

“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ Matthew 25:40


International Family Retreats

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