January 2014

The Christian Institute on Disability

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 14, 2014
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  • Christian Institute on Disability

boy with his mother, excited to receive a new pediatric wheelchairGod has pushed the doors wide open for the CID to empower a new generation of disability ministry leaders. Joni and Friends interns first receive biblical instruction and training for disability ministry. Then, they take the Gospel message and hands-on help to people with disabilities in some of the most impoverished places on earth. Additionally, your help makes it possible to offer disability ministry training to pastors and church leaders in developing nations. Over 3,500 have already attended. Hearts are ignited, ministry is growing, and Jesus’ love is changing families, neighborhoods, and villages!

Learn more about the Christian Institute on Disability

Heart for the Disabled Week

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 13, 2014
  • Radio

Joni and Ken in the recording studioDid you tune in to Joni and Friends radio last week? Each day during Heart for the Disabled week, Joni featured a special needs family that can really benefit from Christian encouragement this winter. She’s invited you to join us in making this Valentine’s Day extraordinary for five special families by sending one (or more) of them a note of encouragement. When you send in a card or gift in care of Joni and Friends, we’ll package together all the mail that we receive and send it off to these families just in time for Valentine’s Day! In case you missed any of Joni’s programs last week, listen in online to hear the stories of these five special families: Day 1 – Jim, Cindy, and Family |Day 2 – Aaron | Day 3 – John, Joanne, and Family | Day 4 – Fred, Bev, and Tim | Day 5 – Paige and Tyson. Don't forget to...


Christmas Cards Now 50% Off!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 10, 2014
  • What's New in Our Store

Joni's 2013 Christmas Cards on SaleJoni Eareckson Tada’s 2013 Christmas cards are on sale for 50% off! Each box of contains 15 embossed cards featuring Joni’s artwork along with 16 gold foil lined envelopes. Available while supplies last, you can purchase these beautiful cards for only $6.00 per box. Order your Christmas Wreath and Herald Angel cards today!

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Interview with Cause 4 Life Intern, Bryan

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 9, 2014
  • Cause 4 Life

Bryan smiling with a child in UgandaHave you ever considered serving as a Joni and Friends intern? Whether you attend Ministry and Missions Academy, a short-term mission, or a vocational internship, Cause 4 Life will prepare you for disability ministry and advocacy. Read as we interview Bryan about his experience interning on a Global Mission to Uganda last summer. 
C4L: Bryan, what outreach experiences were included in your internship?
Bryan: I was part of a team that worked at the Kampala School for the Physically Handicapped, and also had the opportunity to do a home visit with the family of a child we met in the slums... 

#JAF35years Instagram Contest!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 8, 2014
  • In the Media

#JAF35years Instagram ContestThis year, Joni and Friends is celebrating 35 years of ministry to people affected by disability! During the month of January, we’re inviting you to share your favorite Joni and Friends ministry moments via Instagram, with a chance to win a Joni and Friends BPA free tumbler and warm fleece blanket! (It is cold out there!) Between January 8 and January 24, Instagram your favorite original Joni and Friends photo(s) – this could be a photo from a Wheels for the World outreach, a Family Retreat activity, volunteering at your local Area Ministry, or simply a photo of your favorite Joni and Friends newsletter. Be creative! To enter, 1) follow @JoniandFriends on your public Instagram account, and 2) share a photo that represents your favorite Joni and Friends moment along with #JAF35years, our 35th anniversary hashtag. Each day that you post a Joni and Friends photo with #JAF35years you’ll be entered to win! The top 3 photos will be posted to the Joni and Friends blog on 1/27 and the winning...

Aaron Virgil: From Active Snowboarder to Quadriplegic

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 6, 2014
  • Radio, Video Archives

Aaron Virgil was an active young man. If he wasn’t hiking, he was driving down the coast on his bike; other times you might find him target shooting or working out. But his favorite sport? Snowboarding. It’s why when he obtained a new job position, Aaron knew snowboarding was the perfect way to celebrate. And so, he put on his gear and headed down the slopes. But that day Aaron lost control of a turn and collided with a tree, leaving him a ventilator-dependant, quadriplegic. Life has greatly changed for Aaron—and for his family. (You can hear more about Aaron’s story through this short video.) Because when disability hits unexpectedly, it’s hard to adjust. What’s more, often times newly disabled men and women lose hope during this time of transition. But the Bible tells us there is hope. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you...

Happy Anniversary to You, Ministry Partners!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 3, 2014
  • Wheels For The World

Ninived in her new pediatric wheelchair from Wheels for the WorldJust weeks ago, your prayer launched a Wheels for the World team into a rugged area high in the Andes Mountains of Peru. The team arrived on the very day that a city-wide March for Jesus was taking place. Over 2,000 people heard for the first time about God’s love for people with disabilities. Among them were Sarah and her 5-year old daughter Ninived, who was born with cerebral palsy. “We heard a story from the Bible about a man who gave a banquet,” said Sarah. “The man told his servants to go out quickly and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame so that his house would be full.” Sarah continued, “We were told by Joni and Friends that we were welcome to come and receive the love of Jesus and the help you came to share with us.” Little Ninived received her first wheelchair the very next day. Ninved’s face beamed! Sarah rejoiced! “The Lord has done a miracle and provided this wheelchair for us through you.” In 1979, God gave Joni and Friends a mission taken straight out of Luke 14: “Go quickly! Bring them in!” Thirty-five years later, you are helping advance that...

Thank You for 35 Years of Ministry!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 1, 2014
  • In the Media

Joni and Friends celebrates 35 Years of MinistryHappy New Year! 2014 is the beginning of an exciting anniversary year at Joni and Friends! We’re so thankful for you, our faithful partners in ministry. How mightily God uses you to reach into the lives of people with disabilities – bringing them hope, help, and new life in Christ! This month, please follow our blog to see what God is doing to expand your reach even further, as we press forward together into the next 35 years and beyond…

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