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Loneliness

By Joni and Friends | June 24, 2021
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“There is a difference between isolation and loneliness. Isolation is when you are physically separated from everybody else, but loneliness can be most felt sometimes when you are with other people.” As we continue our Q&A series on the podcast, Jenny Hill who lives with cerebral palsy is returning to answer questions about coping with…

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Closer to Jesus! Closer to Each Other!

By Joni and Friends | June 23, 2021
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“If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:26-27 Jason is 19 years old and has polymicrogyria cerebral palsy, but using a power wheelchair and…

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Welcome to the Table!

By Joni and Friends | June 22, 2021
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“Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame… compel them to come in, so that my house will be full.” Luke 14:21-23 Martina is living proof that Jesus is transforming lives and saving souls in the darkest corners of the…

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My Father, the Master Craftsman

By Joni Eareckson-Tada | June 20, 2021
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“Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny.” Psalm 73:23-24 (NLT) My daddy was a master craftsman and a huge force for good in my life. As a child I would often watch him at work, in awe of his skill…

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How to Transform a Painful Situation: Being Stared At and Falling in Public

By Joni and Friends | June 17, 2021
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“Looking at another person can be a very hurtful experience or a very welcoming, affirming experience. We have a choice of what role we want to play in that.” During our third season of the Joni and Friends Ministry Podcast, we’ve invited listeners to send in your questions about disability-related topics and etiquette. Today we…

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The Day a Whole Village Met Jesus!

By Joni and Friends | June 14, 2021
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“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14 When our Joni and Friends Central California team arrived in Haiti on a Wheels for the World outreach, no one even knew that Franz existed. Franz had spent all 17 years of his life…

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From Anger to Acceptance

By Joni and Friends | June 10, 2021
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“It’s about being a light for the next person, realizing that my troubles will bless somebody one day.” Robert was an active college student when an unknown virus caused a bilateral stroke that left him suddenly paralyzed and unable to speak. Previously on the podcast, Robert and Nelly Kapen shared their powerful story of God’s provision through quadriplegia,…

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Bringing Jesus into Hearts and Homes!

By Joni and Friends | June 9, 2021
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“Let us love not with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:18 Gregory and Joshua are 8-year-old twins with multiple disabilities including autism, developmental and cognitive delays, and Noonan syndrome. Their mom, Jody, explained to our team that their care involves 24/7 demands that bring feelings of isolation and exhaustion.…

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The Encouragement to Keep Going

By Joni and Friends | June 8, 2021
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“Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 When Hugh and Pat found out that their baby had Down syndrome, they were overwhelmed. Yet as Bethany (now 11) got older, they knew they did not want her to grow up as an only child, so…

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Rejoicing in Hardships

By Joni Eareckson-Tada | June 5, 2021
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“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation in which you shine like stars in the universe.” Philippians 2:14-15 Andy Bush may not be able to ‘voice’ the Bible verse above, but he lives it. The first time…

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