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Give Joy and Encouragement to Families with Special-Needs!

By Joni and Friends | April 3, 2020
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“If you satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness.” Isaiah 58:10 Family Retreats humble me. The families Ken and I meet are powerful examples of God’s sustaining grace to the weary and wounded. Like the Trotters. Things were going along nicely for Rob and Cheryl, then their first…

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Raising Three Sons with Autism

By Joni and Friends | April 2, 2020
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During this time of “safer at home,” many people are experiencing the loneliness of isolation for the first time. But for special needs families, isolation is not just a seasonal challenge, it is often a daily reality. This week as we kick off Autism Awareness Month on the podcast, Crystal is talking with Greg and…

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Safety Protocols for the Vulnerable and At Risk

By Joni Eareckson-Tada | March 31, 2020
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Just yesterday I was on the phone with a fellow quadriplegic who asked, “Joni, I’ve got so many caregivers coming and going, and it’s making me nervous. Tell me, what are you doing to protect yourself?” It’s a question being circulated among many of my friends with disabilities. And as I tell them, my husband…

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Lessons of Loneliness: What God Can Teach Us Through COVID-19

By Joni and Friends | March 28, 2020
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Here in Los Angeles, the absence of snarling traffic is normally a welcome change of pace. But today the silence is deafening. Schools, businesses, and churches have moved their activities online. Collectively, we have all learned what “Zoom calls,” “novel virus,” and “social distancing” mean. But while this “new normal” of isolation might feel unproductive,…

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Spiritual Abuse

By Joni and Friends | March 26, 2020
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Do you know someone who has been wounded by the misuse of Scripture? Or excluded from the life of the church because they haven’t been miraculously healed? On the Joni and Friends Ministry Podcast, Crystal Keating is talking again with counselor Darby Strickland who teaches at Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation’s online School of Biblical…

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A Condescending Gospel

By Joni and Friends | March 24, 2020
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“Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Mark 9:35 (NIV) If the idea of ministering to people with disabilities has ever made you uncomfortable, let me be the first to give a hearty “amen.” If you could see me, that “amen” might sound pretty strange. I…

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Down Syndrome: Changing the Conversation

By Joni Eareckson-Tada | March 21, 2020
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Today is World Down Syndrome Day and it’s a wonderful day to celebrate people who have an extra 21st chromosome. Yes, I do mean celebrate! According to research, individuals with Down syndrome love who they are and the life they live. Why is it, then, that babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in the womb are…

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Bringing Hope and the Gospel to the Most Vulnerable Populations

By Joni Eareckson-Tada | March 20, 2020
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Our kingdom ministry will not stop… “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 God bless you for your heartfelt prayers and faithful support during these uncertain times. As this COVID-19 virus continues to spread, it’s very easy to lose hope and…

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How Do We Pray During The Coronavirus?

By Joni Eareckson-Tada | March 20, 2020
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When it comes to this global pandemic, God longs for us to pray about His purposes in it. All of our at-risk employees at Joni and Friends are ‘working from home’ these days, and I’m joining them. During break times in our work, Ken and I are shifting into ‘overdrive’ when it comes to reading…

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