Family Retreats

Justin... Our Ambassador of Smiles!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 11, 2011
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  • Family Retreats, Wheels For The World

Justin and his family are ‘regulars’ at our Bonclarken Family Retreats led by our Joni and Friends/Charlotte team – Justin is non-verbal, but is exceptionally charismatic and smiles all the time. But their ministry extends beyond Family Retreats. Justin and his parents were part of our last Wheels for the World trip to the Dominican Republic. Dad came as a physician, and mom showed families how to make communication boards for their disabled children so they could ‘talk’ with them for the first time! And Justin? Well, he was the best ambassador for Christ, encouraging everyone with his smiles and high fives! Drop Justin a line on our blog!

justin and miajust and his dad serving in dominican republicjustin and michele hugging

A Volunteer with a Big Heart!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 7, 2011
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  • Family Retreats

two friends fishingThe Joni and Friends/Dallas-Ft. Worth team held a fantastic Family Retreat down in Camp Allen, Texas this week (they serve the best barbecue this side of El Paso, and have more fun than a rafter-ringing hoe-down). It was one busy, happy week -- at the "Fishing with Friends" activity at Camp Allen, the leaders issued a challenge to the campers with the coveted prize of a new rod and reel! Volunteer Brad...

It's 20 Years of Family Retreats and Counting!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 29, 2011
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  • Family Retreats, Video Archives

This week marks the 20th anniversary of our Family Retreats – it was 1991 when we held our first retreat for disabled people and their families at Spruce Lake in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. Yesterday, Ken and I whipped out a fun video greeting, congratulating the group at Spruce Lake this week. Click on the video and pass on the link to your friends; it’s a celebration worth sharing far and wide as we praise God for His faithfulness over the years!

Family Retreat - African Style!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 10, 2011
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  • Family Retreats

volunteers fitting a boy with a wheelchairdirector of international family retreats standing next to an alligator
The team just arrived home from Ghana where we held one of our International Family Retreats with all the fun, flair, music and color that you’d expect in Africa. Dawn (an OT) and Jen (a PT) served at the retreat as part of our Team MED, using their combined skills to minister to each family. One little disabled boy was carried to the retreat by his parents – when we saw he had no wheelchair, Dawn and Jen went to the Disability Center and found the perfect chair. Praise God for the way He moved among the families, and thank Him for generous servants like Dawn and Jen. We have lots more International Family Retreats slated for the summer, so pray about getting involved!

Joni and Friends is Going Global!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 25, 2011
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  • Family Retreats, Wheels For The World

Every day at Joni and Friends is focused on outreach, and this week is no exception: It’s a worldwide whirlwind of Gospel-driven outreach! Today our Wheels for the World team is distributing wheelchairs and Bibles in Mexico – they plan to return home on April 30th. Also, our International Family Retreat is underway in Kovačica, Serbia – Serbian moms, dads, and disabled children will be experiencing Family Retreat fun and fellowship for the first time ever. And beginning April 28th, our 7th Wounded Warrior Getaway will be held near San Antonio, Texas – this particular retreat has soldier-style activities for these brave American servicemen and women who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan bearing wounds of conflict. Our Getaway provides a wonderful respite for them and their families; from rock climbing to kayaking...

Family Retreat… Guatemalan Style!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 19, 2011
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  • Family Retreats

Our first International Family Retreat of the season concluded last week at the El Faro retreat center on the Caribbean coast of Guatemala – 16 Guatemalan families and their disabled family members took part in an extraordinary week of arts and crafts, swimming, games, prayer, singing, one-on-one counseling, and devotional times in God's Word. It was extraordinary because these families...

Restoring Hope Through Wheelchairs and Retreats

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 28, 2009
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  • Family Retreats, Wheels For The World

Joni and Friends Mix Optimism, Success and Vision to Provide Fresh Outlook for Disabled Community

Hope restored is the most rewarding benefit people have received this year through the Joni and Friends (JAF) disability ministry. Through refurbished wheelchairs in the Wheels for the World program to refreshed families in the Family Retreats, Joni and Friends provides hope in situations that were once seen as hopeless. 

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