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Beyond the Visa Glitch

By Joni and Friends | September 21, 2020
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“Having to do the harder thing has required us to exercise faith, which put us in a position to experience God’s miraculous provision.” I met my husband, Brent, in 1988 at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston. He was known as ‘Mr. Indonesia’ among our fellow seminarians because he knew EXACTLY where he was going after…

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How to Be More Inclusive

By Joni and Friends | September 17, 2020
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“If you want to understand how to be more inclusive, get to know someone with disabilities. Get out of your comfort zone.” Last week on the podcast, Joshua Fast shared about raising Malakai, his 6-year old son who was born prematurely and diagnosed with myotonic dystrophy and cerebral palsy. But for Joshua and his wife…

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The Luke 14 Project: Planting Gospel Seeds

By Joni and Friends | September 16, 2020
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For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost. —Luke 19:10 As Luke 14 Project partners you are friends to the lonely and rejected around the world, including children like Puumi in Thailand who are seen as cursed because of his disability. In a country like Thailand, disability is believed…

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Blindness, No Handicap to Training Others

By Joni and Friends | September 15, 2020
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“As a carpenter needs tools to build a structure, the disabled missionary needs tools he can use to build Christ’s body.” My life didn’t begin with too much promise. A part of that had to do with the circumstances surrounding my birth. I was born three months prematurely. The pure oxygen administered in the incubator…

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God Sends Grandparents

By Joni and Friends | September 13, 2020
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Grandparenting in real time When our daughter was born with Down syndrome, friends weren’t sure how to act. In fact, they weren’t sure they should visit us in the hospital. My mother-in-law, a veteran missionary and pastor’s wife, was also the mother of a child with a disability. That made her a Godsend when it…

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Standing in the Face of Attack

By Joni and Friends | September 11, 2020
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“There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow…” 2 Corinthians 4:18, TLB It’s hard to believe it’s been 19 years since the terrorist attacks that totally altered the way we live in the US. The tragedy of thousands losing their lives, and of others forever…

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Looking Back, Springing Forward—Pandemic Pace

By Joni and Friends | September 10, 2020
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“How much longer will this last? Can we be done now?” Taking a long car ride with small children can be tiring. You might have wondered if the trip would be worth it. You may be asking those same questions as the pandemic continues and pandemic fatigue grows real for all of us. As we seek to…

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An Unplanned Journey

By Joni and Friends | September 10, 2020
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When Joshua and Nicole Fast became pregnant with their son Malakai, they were thrilled to be growing their family. But when Malakai was born prematurely and diagnosed with myotonic dystrophy and cerebral palsy, they struggled to understand what life would look like for their son and their family. “What are we going to do?” Today…

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On Mission with Down Syndrome

By Joni and Friends | September 8, 2020
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“If God modifies your plan, he will provide the resources to make the adjustment.” In 2009, while I was completing my bachelor’s degree in International Relations in my homeland, Haiti, the Lord called me to full-time ministry. After accepting the call, my wife Emmania and I immigrated to the United States of America (hereafter, USA)…

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Joni and Friends Staff Picks for National Read a Book Day

By Joni and Friends | September 6, 2020
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It’s National Read a Book Day! Whether you’re searching for your next read or looking for gift-giving ideas for book-loving friends, there’s nothing like a recommendation to steer you in the right direction. So today, we’re sharing a list of Staff Picks: personal favorites of some of our Joni and Friends staff, all available in…

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