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On Mission to a Pygmy Community

By Joni and Friends | October 23, 2020
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“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”—Matthew 28:19-20 Hello, my name is Daniel Kyungu and my home is in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa. I shared my…

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Marriage Story: A Couple with Dwarfism Navigates Life’s Detours with Faith

By Joni and Friends | October 22, 2020
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Even the best marriages require intentional effort to thrive. So, what happens when a relationship is complicated by dwarfism, discord, and discrimination? Last week, Angela Muir Van Etten talked with Crystal about her passion for raising awareness and advocating for people with dwarfism and disability. Today, Angela is back on the podcast to share her…

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The Luke 14 Project: Lifted from the Ground and Seated in Dignity

By Joni and Friends | October 19, 2020
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Life is hard for children impacted by disability around the world. The Luke 14 Project relieves suffering and hardship for these children through the life-transforming gifts of a wheelchair, and the hope of Jesus.  Children like little Melissa in Peru desperately need a properly fitting wheelchair and to know they are loved by their creator. Struggling with spina bifida, hydrocephalus, seizures, and vision impairment, Melissa is dependent…

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A Voice for People with Dwarfism and Disability

By Joni and Friends | October 15, 2020
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“When something is happening that shouldn’t be, you look around and think, ‘Who’s going to do something?’ It’s then you realize, ‘God’s given me the skills to do this.’” Do you feel compelled to take action when you encounter ignorance and inequity? For Angela Muir Van Etten, she has made it her lifelong mission to…

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Friendship

By Joni and Friends | October 7, 2020
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Friendship is one of those things that is so commonplace, it becomes hard to define. You know it when you see it, but strict definitions are hard to come by. The fact that friendship comes in degrees highlights this well. We have “best friends,” “family friends,” “school friends,” “work friends,” and “friends for life.” What’s…

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Joni’s Perfect Birthday Gift

By Ken Tada | October 5, 2020
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I know it’s usually Joni who writes here on this blog, but today, it’s me. And I am inviting you to join me this month in celebrating my beautiful wife in a special way for her 71st birthday! Every year older is a big deal when you’re a quadriplegic. God has brought Joni through so…

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You Gave Special Needs Families the Time of Their Lives!

By Joni and Friends | October 5, 2020
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Bryden, a medically fragile 19-year-old with Mitochondrial Disorder-Leigh’s syndrome, had the “time of his life” at our Arizona Half-Time Respite Program! After months of isolation due to COVID-19 restrictions, Bryden was able to do crafts, play games, learn about prayer, dance and worship God in a safe and caring environment. And while Bryden was enjoying…

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Pray for Life!

By Joni and Friends | October 2, 2020
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“‘Have faith in God,’ Jesus answered. ‘I tell you the truth. If anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him’… whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received…

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October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month!

By Joni and Friends | October 2, 2020
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When Shauna Amick learned that her preborn baby had Down syndrome, doctors pressured her to abort Sarah Hope. But Shauna knew the truth of God’s Word and understood that Sarah, like every one of us, is fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God. She chose life for her daughter 15 years ago, and…

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Does God Hear My Prayers?

By Joni and Friends | October 1, 2020
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“Suffering can feel like a darkness that blinds us to God’s presence. In the dark, you can stand next to someone and not even know they are there. Suffering can do that to us spiritually. Although God is always close by, we can feel alone.” What do you do when you beg God to help…

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