Ministry Podcast | Season 1

New Joni and Friends Ministry Podcast

By Joni and Friends

Do you have questions about the challenges of living with a disability? Are you looking for hands-on ways to show the love of Christ to someone facing daily hardships and suffering? On our new Joni and Friends Ministry Podcast, we’re answering these real questions. Each week, host Crystal Keating is sitting down with a special guest or…

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Joni Eareckson Tada on 40 Years of Ministry, Cancer, and Creative Ways the Church Can Include All People

By Joni and Friends

On the Joni and Friends Ministry Podcast, host Crystal Keating sits down with Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder and CEO of Joni and Friends, to talk about insights she’s gained from 51 years as a quadriplegic in a wheelchair and 40 years of  leading a growing ministry for people with disabilities. Joni also shares how she’s…

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Joni Eareckson Tada, Nick Vujicic, and Katherine Wolf on What Determines a Person’s Value

By Joni and Friends

Subscribe to the Joni and Friends Ministry Podcast How do you respond to those who believe some lives are just not worth living? In this bonus episode, Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder of Joni and Friends and a 51-year veteran of life in a wheelchair joins Nick Vujicic, Founder of Life Without Limbs, and Katherine Wolf,…

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Disability Etiquette (Part 1): How to Build Genuine Friendships

By Joni and Friends

Do you have questions about disability etiquette? You may have heard the “do’s and don’ts” of communication and interaction, but is that what someone with a disability is really looking for? In part 1 of our Crystal’s conversation about disability etiquette, she talks with her friends Tracey Motoda and Scott Bankhead, both wheelchair users with…

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Disability Etiquette (Part 2): Breaking Down Visible and Invisible Barriers

By Joni and Friends

Did you miss Part 1? Listen to Disability Etiquette: How to Build Genuine Friendships Walking a mile in someone’s shoes is a great way to understand their personal struggles and perspectives. While Tracey Motoda and Scott Bankhead don’t put that much wear on their actual shoes (they are both wheelchair users), we can certainly gain…

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Love, Marriage, and Disability

By Joni and Friends

In the middle of his successful career in the biotech industry, Kevin Stark unexpectedly became a quadriplegic. A few years later, he met his lovely wife, Jamie, and they fell in love. On this special Valentine’s Day episode of the Joni and Friends Ministry Podcast, Kevin and Jamie Stark give honest insight about marriage and…

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How Disability Impacts Everyone in the Family

By Joni and Friends

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Spotify You don’t really know a person until you’ve heard their story. For so many families impacted by disability, that story includes unique challenges and demands that can be exhausting and relentless. Responsibilities are often 24/7 in order to meet the needs of a child, spouse, or grandparent with a disability.…

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Mutual Friendship When Disability is Involved

By Joni and Friends

There’s a difference between ministering to someone who has a disability and really doing life with them. While barriers like staircases and narrow doorways may keep someone with a physical disability from entering a space, there are other barriers that keep them from genuine, deep friendship. How can we take steps to tear down walls…

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You Can Help Solve the Global Mobility Crisis Right from Your Community

By Joni and Friends

More than 75 million people around the world are in need of a wheelchair, but only 10% have access to one.* During March, Joni and Friends is celebrating Wheelchair Collection Month across the United States! We’re bringing awareness to the worldwide need for mobility and sharing how you can help change a life. Crystal Keating…

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Steps You Can Take to Include People with Disabilities in Your Church

By Joni and Friends

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Spotify One of the places where families impacted by disability should feel most welcomed is at church. But when it comes to building an inclusive environment, people and churches often struggle with where to begin. Today on the podcast, Crystal talks with two ministry experts, Liz Babbitt and Lauren Garner, who…

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An Unexpected Diagnosis: Moving from Fear to Hope

By Joni and Friends

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Spotify When Shauna arrived at the doctor’s office for her four-month ultrasound, the question on her mind was what color to paint the nursery. But after an unexpected diagnosis of Down syndrome, she and her husband left with more questions than answers. “I pinched myself. I literally pinched myself. The one…

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How to Plan a Respite Event for Families Impacted by Disability

By Joni and Friends

“Respite is for the parents and for the kids. It’s for the whole family to really have an opportunity to just come to a church and know that the church genuinely wants them to be there.” -Gina Spivey, Disability Ministry Leader Families or caregivers who have children with disabilities are often isolated, exhausted, and grieving.…

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