September 2018

Prepare to Meet Your God

Don’t be afraid of this verse. It’s good news! God will one day call your past into account, and He will no doubt see smudges and stains, sins and faults – He will also see the blood of His Son which will cover all (Hebrews 9:14). What else about your past? God will see countless times of obedience...

You Bring Jesus to Special Needs Families at Family Retreat

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 25, 2018
  • 1 Comment
  • Family Retreats

"Then Jesus said, ‘Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.’” Matthew 11:28 

All year long, families with a disabled child live on the edge of exhaustion. There are sleepless nights… endless medical appointments… challenges at school… financial pressures. Caring for their loved one demands every resource, and is non-stop 24/7 care.  

Families affected by disability desperately need a place where they can let down their guard and breathe in God’s renewing presence. They’re hungry for spiritual encouragement and heart-to-heart connection with others who experience the...

Finding Community at Family Retreat

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 21, 2018
  • International Family Retreat

Here at Joni and Friends, we love hearing about how Family Retreat brings transformational love to families affected by disability. Parents of children with special needs often arrive feeling exhausted, discouraged and alone. Through the work of our amazing short-term missionaries (STMs) and the presence of the Holy Spirit, every family goes home feeling refreshed and part of an accepting community of believers.

For our international families, Joni and Friends International Family Retreat is a place that they find a safe haven where they are accepted by their peers, gain a supportive community, and often, for the first time, experience the love of the Lord...

From Joni’s Heart - Family Retreats!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 19, 2018
  • Family Retreats

Jesus is heaven-bent on sharing His joy with us. Just look at the verse and you will see that He is driven to overflow us with His joy. He longs for us to step into the thunderous waterfall of His heavenly gladness – and He gives splashes of that wondrous joy at every Joni and Friends’ Family...

For Our Good

When we find ourselves in a very dark season of life, we long for someone to put an arm around us, assuring us that everything will be okay. We want assurance that our world is orderly and stable—not spinning off into chaos. We want to know that God is at the center of our suffering, not only...

God’s Power Restores Families and Brings Freedom—Through You!

There’s no doubt about it. Something special happens at Family Retreat! Families experience a time of rebuilding and restoration. Whether it’s exciting camp activities, dynamic worship, life-changing Bible teaching—families are rejuvenated with freedom in Christ! Meet the Unglesby family– parents Trey...

This Year’s Christmas Cards are Here!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 12, 2018
  • What's New in Our Store

Our 2018 Christmas Cards are now available in our store! Featuring Joni’s artwork, this year’s cards feature three brand-new designs for just $12 – visit our online store to order your Christmas Cards...

Thank You for Your Faithfulness

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 7, 2018
  • 1 Comment

When special needs families come to International Family Retreat, they enjoy opportunities to bond with each other, rest, receive spiritual renewal, and build lasting memories. The demands of disability back at home can be overwhelming. So many families worldwide have experienced God’s love...

Golden Intervals

Jay was my favorite sister. With her tousle of blonde curls, she looked like Betty, the fair-haired girl with the ponytail in the Archie comics. Even though she was older, she didn’t treat me like a tagalong. She liked me. I tried to copy everything she did. And I could never understand why Bert Parks...

Seasoned Conversation

“Do you have a driver’s license for that thing? Ha! Ha!”  My wheelchair elicits lots of comments. I’m surprised how many people initiate communication with me. I really don’t mind. In fact, I love it. Usually the ambassador of Christ is the one who must jumpstart conversations, hoping to engage...