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The Youngest Advocate 

We love hearing stories of our Joni and Friends community coming together to share the hope of Christ and advocate for people impacted by disability all over the world. And because of you, we can share the life-changing gospel with those who need it most!  

We’re especially blown away by the generosity and kindness of our younger advocates!  

Matthew 18:2-6  

He called a little child to him and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”  

Five-year-old John Bruner first heard about Joni and Friends at City Church Vacation Bible School in Charleston, South Carolina. When he learned of the many children who can’t go outside and play with their friends because they don’t have a wheelchair, he couldn’t accept that. He decided that he could do something to help!

“I wanted to raise money so kids can live better. I don’t want them to not move around.”  

John dedicated an entire year to collecting bottle caps and decorating them for a craft sale to raise funds that would sponsor a wheelchair for a kid who can’t walk. His family, friends, and even neighbors joined in on his efforts to change the life of someone impacted by disability!

In many countries around the world, a person with limited mobility is often excluded from life in their community simply because they have no way of moving around. But when you give to Joni and Friends, a wheelchair is restored and sent to someone in need. Kids and adults are lifted out of the dirt and into a seat of opportunity, giving them access to their community 

“It makes me feel GOOD to know that I helped another kid play with friends and go to school. I hope this helps them for the rest of their life! You should try to help too.”  

John has a huge heart for those in need. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how much you give, or how you support Joni and Friends – every form of generosity goes toward helping someone impacted by disability.  

When we asked John for one final nugget of wisdom, he left us with “God made you special and loves you very much!” 

Sponsor a Wheelchair

Tragically, a person with limited mobility is often excluded from life in their community simply because they have no way of moving around. Wheels for the World provides the gift of mobility along with the hope of the Gospel to people impacted by disability around the world. You can get involved by giving so that wheelchairs can be restored and sent to someone in need.

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