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Encountering Jesus at Family Retreat

By Joni Eareckson-Tada | March 23, 2021
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The endurance it takes to care for a severely disabled child year after year is a labor of love few can understand. You see, all year long families impacted by disability live on the edge of exhaustion and despair through sleepless nights, endless medical appointments, financial pressures and marital strain. Isolation and hopelessness leave these…

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Let the Children Come: Disability and Baptism

By Joni and Friends | March 21, 2021
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Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Luke 18:16 Sarah just got baptized. She is 15 years old, loves music, loves to dance, and loves Jesus. Spend a little time with Sarah…

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How God Meets Us in Suffering

By Joni and Friends | March 18, 2021
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“I don’t understand why all these hard things keep happening, and sometimes I wonder why God doesn’t just fix it. But I have to trust that he is doing something bigger… and one day we’ll see it.” When Vaneetha Risner’s infant son died due to a doctor’s error, she felt devoid of purpose and feeling.…

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True Friendship in Tennessee

By Joni and Friends | March 16, 2021
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As COVID-19 regulations and their accompanying feelings of isolation continue to be an ever–present reality, our Family Plus Zoom calls are a lifeline for many. Individuals and families impacted by disability who would otherwise have no connections to the outside world at all are finding fellowship, community and hope through Family Plus. Joni and Friends Tennessee hosts these monthly Zoom calls for special needs families in the…

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Chicago’s Ambassador of Joy

By Joni and Friends | March 15, 2021
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“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” John 3:1 Tony has Down syndrome and substantial hearing loss. “When he speaks,” explains his mom, Alyce, “It is with enough volume so he can hear himself.” His loud speaking voice often makes a few heads turn, but the friends Tony has made at our Chicago Family Retreat enjoy his broad smile and joyful disposition. Tony has…

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Someone to Relate to in Sacramento

By Joni and Friends | March 13, 2021
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“Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Families impacted by disability are painfully isolated due to coronavirus regulations, even more so than the general population. When schools closed families looked forward to recurring therapy sessions, and then those therapies were canceled, too.   Knowing that the COVID-19…

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Restoring Smiles in Pennsylvania!

By Joni and Friends | March 12, 2021
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“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.” Lamentations 3:22 Stephanie lives with the challenges of a cognitive disability, physical disabilities and an anxiety disorder. She is 27 years old, and while life has been hard on Stephanie and her mother, Denise, for the past 27 years, their hardships…

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Carrying Grief

By Joni and Friends | March 11, 2021
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It’s not that she’s not grieving, it’s that she’s put her hope in someone that won’t disappoint. Something greater is happening in her grief. On our last episode of the podcast, Bekah Bowman shared about finding beauty and goodness in the middle of unthinkable loss. As a coach’s wife and mother to two young boys, Titus…

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Going Above and Beyond in Missouri

By Joni and Friends | March 10, 2021
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“The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy!” Psalm 126:3 Tony and Kim have two beautiful children. Their 21-year-old son, Jonah, has autism, and his 13-year-old sister, Jaylee, has Down syndrome. Though their family lives with disability daily, they were only introduced to Joni and Friends Missouri a few…

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Caring for Caregivers in Texas and Beyond

By Joni and Friends | March 9, 2021
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“Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the Lord delivers him in times of trouble.” Psalm 41:1 When Andrew and Jeanette answered God’s call to serve special needs orphans as missionaries in China, little did they know that their hearts were being prepared for a journey designed specifically for them. Many of the…

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