August 2018

A Bigger Picture

Sometimes because of faulty decision making or maybe just the press of multiple circumstances, we find ourselves tired, discouraged, and a little burned out. Yes, a vacation or a weekend away might help. But it may not be a change of scenery we need as much as a change of perspective...

New Hope Overflowing Set Available in our Store!

This month, we've got plenty of great gifts in our store! You've waited all year for this - Joni's exquisite painting Sunset By The Ocean captures the beauty of God's creation. The theme for...

Helping with Life Transitions

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 20, 2018
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We have all been created with a desire to fully belong. We want to be loved, embraced, cared for, and missed when we’re absent. A disability in no way removes this desire, and it is up to the church to create authentic communities where individuals can connect and truly engage in the journey of life together.

In Helping with Life Transitions, the latest release from the Irresistible Church Series, we discuss the logistics of ministry to teens and adults, and how our attitudes should be more about coming alongside others and doing life together rather...

Talent Show Night

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 17, 2018
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Talent Show Night is one of our favorite parts of Family Retreat. It is a time when we get the celebrate and applaud the talents God has given His children affected by disabilities. Recently, we heard an amazing story from Talent Show Night at our International Family Retreat in Serbia that we would love to share:

One of the families who attended the retreat in Serbia, brought their son, Paul. He is a 17-year-old boy, with a big smile, limited verbal language, and autism. Before coming to Family Retreat, Paul and his family were not open to the Gospel message...

Give a Wheelchair Today and Show Jesus’ Love

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 15, 2018
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There's a great need for wheelchairs worldwide. But through your generosity, the lives of people affected by disability across the globe are being transformed because you're sending wheelchairs and the Gospel of Christ! You may be asking, “How much difference can I really make by giving a...

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 13, 2018
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The month of August is Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Awareness Month. In honor of that, we sat down with Tracey, who works in our Response Department, and asked her a few questions about her experience with SMA. We were encouraged by her answers and we hope you will be, too!

Tracey, you are an absolute joy to work with. What’s your secret?

Being disabled can be hard, there are certainly some days I feel like I live in a world that isn’t made for me and thankfully many other days I sail through without a thought of my limitations. Irrespective of which kind of day I am having I want to share an abundance of joy with everyone I meet, and the ways I have found to do that are exactly as Romans 12:12 says, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” I make it my aim to be patient with my limitations and faithful in asking God for an extra measure of grace in...

Walk in Obedience

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 11, 2018
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When we choose to follow Jesus, God enrolls us in the same school of suffering His own Son endured. Most of us really want to follow Christ and learn His lessons, but we squirm at the idea of picking up His cross every day in order to grasp those lessons. We want the deep insights of following Him...

From Joni’s Heart: 2019 Planner

If you spend any time serving with Joni and Friends, you will see firsthand the healing hope of Christ at work. Whether on a Wheels for the World outreach or at a Family Retreat, people are interested in hope – understanding it, finding, and resting in it. We tell special needs families there’s only one...

Majoring in the Minors

It’s mid-season for professional baseball, and it’s always interesting to watch which pitchers the major league teams will call up from the minor leagues. It's great that these hard-working young rookies finally get a chance to pitch in the majors! Have you ever thought of life on this earth as the “minor...

Thank You For Letting Others Learn From Your Child

What an honor it is that you share your child with others. Your child has taught me innumerable lessons. Parents, you fight for your child every day, fighting for acceptance, for fair treatment, for kind words. I am so honored when you allow and trust me to take care of your child, your prized...