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Dealing with Isolation When Your Family is Impacted by Autism

By Joni and Friends | April 23, 2020
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As the coronavirus outbreak keeps parents and children at home, everyone is facing a disruptive new normal. But for many families impacted by autism, the loneliness of increased isolation and lack of routine presents additional challenges. So how do special needs families cope? Are there creative ways that you can encourage someone while maintaining physical…

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Things They Don’t Teach You in Seminary

By Joni and Friends | April 22, 2020
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There is only one gospel, but more than one way to share it. As ministers of the gospel, it’s our role to “preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction” (2 Timothy 4:2, NIV). Youth ministry prepares you well for all these things.…

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Cabin Fever

By Joni Eareckson-Tada | April 21, 2020
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I have cabin fever. Don’t get me wrong, I’m BUSY working remotely on Joni and Friends projects (for one, sending nonstop video-encouragement by text to our special-needs families). But all of this is happening within the 2,000 sq. ft. of our home. As a high risk quadriplegic with frail lungs, I cannot venture outside. Ken…

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When Things Look Bleak, Where Can We Find Hope?

By Joni and Friends | April 20, 2020
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Our kingdom ministry will not stop… When we become forced into social isolation – when we are tempted to be overcome by panic and anxiety because of the traumatic events all around us – how can we find the hope and strength to carry on? You may be asking yourself these very questions today while…

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A Mother’s Perspective on Caring for a Child with Autism

By Joni and Friends | April 16, 2020
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“Don’t feel pressured to learn everything about autism. Just get to know the one person God brings into your life. Find out what works for them…just like you would in any other relationship. Become a master in loving one person, one family well.” Today on the podcast, Crystal has invited Diane Dokko Kim back to…

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The Church Needs Rosie the Riveter

By Joni and Friends | April 15, 2020
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When World War II called millions of men to the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific, many traditionally male jobs such as manufacturing were left understaffed. The need for manufactured goods was at an all-time high, but production was at an all-time low. The answer? Recruit a previously untapped workforce and ramp up manufacturing infrastructure…

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The Care of the Good Shepherd

By Joni Eareckson-Tada | April 14, 2020
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As a shepherd seeks out his flock… so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness… Ezekiel 34:12 Not long ago, I came across this image of one of my old pen-and-ink drawings. It was one of the…

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Finding that Easter Feeling

By Joni Eareckson-Tada | April 12, 2020
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I know I’m not the only one feeling as though this Easter just doesn’t feel very… Easter-y. Ken and I will try to do our regular Easter traditions… roast lamb for dinner, Facetime our greetings to far away family members… but, like you, we cannot pull out our crisp Easter clothes and meet up with…

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Take Heart! Hope is Here.

By Joni and Friends | April 10, 2020
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Take heart! Hope is here. In the midst of a time that holds much uncertainty and little hope for some, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on the sovereignty of the One that was nailed to a cross to rescue our souls, and the simple, but life-altering truth that the same power that…

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Ministry Update from Our President

By Joni and Friends | April 9, 2020
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Our kingdom ministry will not stop… “The Lord will keep you from all harm – He will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalm 121:7-8 While we are rightly concerned about the health of our loved ones during this global pandemic, we can take…

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