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POT Syndrome Radically Altered Claire Walker’s Whole Life

By Joni and Friends | September 23, 2021
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“God uses suffering to point us to his goodness, to his truth… just as Jesus used suffering to conquer death and point us back to him.” Claire Walker was a varsity basketball player making plans for college when health challenges radically altered her life. After a routine oral surgery, a strep throat virus entered her…

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Accepted for the First Time at Family Retreat

By Joni and Friends | September 21, 2021
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“Send me your light and your faithful care.” Psalm 43:3 When Scott and Elizabeth adopted Rebekah, who has severe brain damage and cerebral palsy, they knew they would be facing multiple challenges in the future, but no one could prepare them for the reality of what being special needs parents really looks and feels like…

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Special Needs Families are Experiencing Deep Community at Family Retreat!

By Joni and Friends | September 20, 2021
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“He sent out his word and healed them.” Psalm 107:20 Shawn and her husband Wilson have two beautiful children. Ten-year-old Anna and her brother Rafa who is seven and has hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, multiple behavior challenges, a visual impairment, autism and the need to be fed through a feeding tube. Rafa’s complex disabilities have left…

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Designed to Heal

By Joni and Friends | September 16, 2021
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“The deepest transformations in our lives actually happen from some of our deepest woundings…good healing happens in community.” What can the body’s healing process show us about repairing relational wounds? This week on the podcast Crystal is joined by Dr. Cymbeline T. Culiat, a scientist, entrepreneur, and co-author of the new book Designed to Heal:…

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Making Way for Inclusion and Acceptance Through Family Retreat

By Joni and Friends | September 15, 2021
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“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 Angel and her two daughters encountered Christ at Family Retreat in wonderful ways! Arlie is six years old and has cerebral palsy. She positively beamed when she explained, “My favorite part…

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Standing in the Face of Attack: Remembering September 11th

By Joni Eareckson-Tada | September 11, 2021
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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 Today is a difficult anniversary. Twenty years ago, terrorist attacks delivered a tectonic shock to our nation, changing it forever. The tragedy of thousands losing their lives, of others forever bearing wounds, and…

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How a Wheelchair Has Taken Me Places I Never Dared to Imagine

By Joni and Friends | September 9, 2021
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“When everything around me was changing, I knew that God wasn’t going to change. Without that truth, I don’t know where I would be today.” Jenny Smith was a typical teenager—a gymnast who loved makeup, played in a band, and was active in her church youth group. But at 16 years old, she sustained a…

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Fueled by Faith

By Joni and Friends | September 2, 2021
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Physical Isolation is a Painful Reality for People with Disabilities

By Joni Eareckson-Tada | September 1, 2021
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But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” Luke 8:46 Occasionally when Ken gives me a big hug, his embrace nearly shocks me. “Wow, that sure feels good,” I’ll laugh. And I mean it. At least 80% of my quadriplegic body is not able to process the…

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Where Faith, Adoption and Disability Come Together!

By Joni and Friends | August 27, 2021
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“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:19 Scott and Laura have adopted six children with special needs that include cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities and mental health issues. While they know in their heart of hearts that God called them to adopt each one of their children, life…

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