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Homemade Solutions: The “How” Question of Disability Inclusion in Mission

By Joni and Friends | June 4, 2021
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My father once told me about two shoe repairers that he knew of when growing up during the 1930s in Sunderland, a coal mining town of northeast England. Both shoe repairers were deaf and communicated non-verbally. I assume that the body language and gestures they and their customers would have used were developed informally. The…

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God’s Generous Provision through Paralysis, Recovery, and Marriage

By Joni and Friends | June 3, 2021
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Robert Kapen was an athletic college student studying Parks and Rec and working part-time at an outdoor Young Life camp when his life turned upside down. In the summer of 2011, a mystery virus caused a bilateral stroke that left him suddenly paralyzed and unable to speak. With his mind fully functioning but no ability…

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Reflect with Gratitude on Memorial Day

By Joni and Friends | May 31, 2021
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“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13 Every Memorial Day, I am reminded of the many men and women who have served our country. The freedoms we enjoy cost a great deal… So many have sacrificed so much. My husband Ken and I always make…

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Comfort When You are Depressed or Anxious

By Joni Eareckson-Tada | May 28, 2021
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I so appreciate the increased focus on mental health since COVID-19 shutdowns rocked our world. The uncertainty, isolation, the grief, the disruption of routines… These hardships took their toll on everyone, and I’ve heard from so many people who have struggled with depression and anxiety in a way they had never experienced before. It hit…

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Mental Illness and the Church

By Joni and Friends | May 27, 2021
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“A beauty for all of us in the household of God is belonging. We minister to one another and take interest in each other’s life happenings. Schizophrenia is a dominant life happening for me, and I am well cared for by my church family in it.” On our previous episode of the podcast, Tara Groff…

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Joni Eareckson Tada featured on LIFE Today

By Joni and Friends | May 26, 2021
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Agoura Hills, CA – May 27, 2021: On May 27, 2021, Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder and CEO of Joni and Friends, will be interviewed by James and Betty Robison on their LIFE Today television program that is broadcast nationwide. “I always grab any opportunity to share the heart of Jesus toward people with disabilities, and…

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Iron Sharpens Iron at Family Retreat

By Joni Eareckson-Tada | May 24, 2021
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“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 Joni and Friends is and has always been a ministry to the most vulnerable. We delight in bringing families living with disability closer to each other and closer to Jesus through all our Christ-centered outreaches. And as we gear up for a summer full…

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Walking with God through Schizophrenia

By Joni and Friends | May 20, 2021
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“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” –Psalm 73:26 Tara Groff is a wife and homeschooling mother who has experienced God’s sustaining love as she’s lived with schizophrenia for more than 30 years. This week on the podcast she is sharing how mental…

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Growing Up with a Neurodegenerative Disease: Friedrich’s Ataxia

By Joni and Friends | May 13, 2021
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Like most young women, Stephanie Magness wanted to be like everyone else; she wanted to fit in with her classmates and have fun at school. But in seventh grade when she learned she had scoliosis, Stephanie began an unexpected decade-long journey of misdiagnosis. At age 22 genetic testing confirmed that her symptoms were caused by…

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How a Friend Helped Me Accept My Need for a Wheelchair

By Joni and Friends | May 12, 2021
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“…but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus.” Luke 5:19 Isn’t it interesting how two words can take up so much space in your life and wreak unimaginable havoc on the “plans”…

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