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Disability in Mission through Technology

By Joni and Friends | October 30, 2020
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How can technology improve the way that people with disabilities participate in the mission field? I think I and my coworkers have found several ways. My name is Kim-Fu Lim. I was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia, and came to the States to do my undergraduate training. My interest in electronics developed very early…

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Disability and Belonging

By Joni and Friends | October 29, 2020
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“When you’re not sure what to offer, your very presence can be a gift.” Everyone needs community, a place to fully belong and share our gifts with others. But loneliness, especially exaggerated by the isolation of COVID-19, is one of the difficult realities that many adults with disabilities face. Today on the podcast, Crystal is…

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Why Sea Otters Hold Hands and Why the Church Needs to Know

By Joni and Friends | October 28, 2020
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Every night, before going to bed, sea otters do two things. They find a seaweed or kelp forest to bed in and they find their mate’s paw. As they fall asleep, they clasp their paws together. And why? To keep from drifting apart in the night. Because of tides and currents, they don’t have to kick or swim to be separated from each other;…

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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…

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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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