Joni and Friends New England

Joni and Friends envisions a world where every person with a disability finds hope, dignity, and their place in the body of Christ. Locally we do this by reaching people where they live, caring for them where they are, and connecting those with disabilities where God wants them to be – knowing him personally in a local Christ-honoring church.

News, Stories & Inspiration

International Family Retreat Supports Missionary Families in Thailand!

By Joni and Friends | August 23, 2021

Joni and Friends New England came alongside our Thailand International Partners as they hosted our very first Missionary Family Retreat in Chiang Mai. As a result, missionary families living with disability in Thailand are overflowing with praise for the goodness of God! Joseph and Ana are from Mexico but moved to Thailand in 2008 to…

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Focusing on Marriages, Families and Jesus!

By Joni and Friends | July 9, 2021

“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31 Mary and Glenn have 14 biological and adopted children; two have already gone home to be with the Lord. Six of their children have disabilities and the emotional challenges that come from abandonment and the abuse of their birth parents.…

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Sharing Hope Through Every Hardship in New England

By Joni and Friends | April 26, 2021

With 11-year-old twin boys Austin and Joey, and 4-year-old Willow who has developmental delays and difficult sensory issues, Mike and Amy’s days are full to the brim with both blessings and challenges. Amy describes sweet Willow as “constant motion.” Mike and Amy are determined to do their best to “meet Willow where she is” each…

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Loving Special Needs Families in New England

By Joni and Friends | January 29, 2021

“Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today.’” Hebrews 3:13 When Family Retreat was canceled due to COVID-19 regulations, a new and creative way to love families was born. It’s called Family Retreat at Home, and in New England, 43 families from all six New England states joyfully attended. Jose, Jennifer, and…

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Family Retreat Supports Families All Year Long!

By Joni and Friends | January 6, 2021

“God sets the lonely in families.” Psalm 68:6 Dan and Sandra Rivera were super excited when they heard about Family Retreat. Their sons DeMetrius (19), Nathan (11) and Isaac (6) matched their parents’ excitement. Both DeMetrius and Nathan have global developmental delays, making their day-to-day caregiving routines incredibly complicated – and making vacations impossible. Little Isaac was perhaps anticipating Family Retreat most of all. As he explained, “I was looking…

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Joni’s Kayak

By Joni and Friends | June 27, 2019

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada, and you know I love Family Retreats. And I’ve got my friend and coworker here with me, Shauna Amick. Hi, Shauna! (SHAUNA: Hey there, Joni.) And you know you and I have gone to more Family Retreats than you can shake a stick at! (SHAUNA: That’s for sure.) We’ve seen so many dreams fulfilled; so many “firsts.”  SHAUNA: Like seeing that severely disabled boy who had always…

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Josie’s Story

By Joni and Friends | October 29, 2015

Even though weeks have passed since our summertime season of Family Retreats, the memories remain fresh and bright. Just what inspires a kid about Family Retreat? Take a minute to listen to little Josie describe her week at our Joni and Friends/New England Family Retreat. For disabled kids and their siblings, there’s no place like…

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Phone: (978) 620-0606

Joni and Friends New England
370 Merrimack St (Building #5) Unit 115
Lawrence, MA 01843

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