Joni and Friends Blog

Reckless Words

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 14, 2018
  • 1 Comment

When God created the world, He spoke it into being. When Jesus walked the earth, He spoke and the lame were healed. When Peter preached his first sermon, he spoke and thousands were gathered into the kingdom. Powerful things happen when we speak. Our words can either accomplish great good...

Happy Mother's Day!

God blessed me with the tremendous gift of growing up in a close-knit, loving family. I am so grateful to have been given such wonderful parents. As we spend this week honoring the mothers in our lives, I am thrilled to share with you about my own mom – someone incredibly special! For my mom, raising a daughter with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) must have been incredibly challenging. It was certainly not the life she had expected before she found out I was born with SMA, a progressive neuromuscular disorder.

As an infant, my mom had to watch me go through grueling tests, until, at the age of 18 months, I was diagnosed with SMA. By the time I was in kindergarten, I couldn’t walk well enough to keep up with my peers and my parents, along with my doctors, decided it was time for my first power wheelchair. I often reflect on what those first few years must have been like for my mom… all the uncertainty and newness to contend with. But...

Matching Gift Opportunity!

This month, a generous opportunity has been given to us by dear friends of the ministry! They have offered to match every dollar you give to Joni and Friends up to $350,000 from now until July 15th! Like you, these generous-hearted servants have a desire to give back to the work of the Kingdom...

Rejoice Always!

Living the Christian life is so opposite, so against the grain of our human nature. When today’s verse tells me to rejoice always, my inclination is to be glum-faced, thank you. A little bit of whining, huffing and puffing, scowling and sighing is more to my liking. But common sense warns me it will only...

Be the Hands and Feet of Jesus!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 3, 2018
  • Cause 4 Life

After going through our Beyond Suffering course and serving as a Short-Term Missionary at Family Retreat, Allison Ball learned the importance of disability ministry and transforming lives through the Gospel of Christ. So when she was given the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus...

Salvation in Jesus and a Baptism at Family Retreat!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 28, 2018
  • Family Retreats

Thank you for allowing God to use you to pour out His love to families affected by disability. One such family is the Wallrauchs. Todd and Krysta came with their daughter, Elizabeth, and son, Matthew, who has autism. It’s easy for these parents to feel exhausted and alone when taking care of a child with...

Go Make Disciples

“Healthy leadership does not happen to people affected by disability, nor does it only happen for them. It should happen with them.” – Go Make Disciples

The newest book in our Irresistible Church series, “Go Make Disciples,” walks the reader through the steps to a healthy mentoring relationship with those affected by disability.

Irresistible leadership isn’t just about leading individuals affected by disability. Rather, it is about creating space for everyone who is called into leadership to come, grow, and express their gifts and talents. Healthy leadership does not happen to people affected by disability nor does it only happen for them. It should happen with them. In this book, you will learn the four steps to a healthy mentoring relationship and be used by God to release people into the spheres of...

A Brand-New Resource for You…

When a family is affected by disability, everyone’s life changes. Whether you’re a father, mother, sibling, grandparent, or another relative, you have specific questions based on your role in the family, as well as unique needs for support. Real Families, Real Needs not only answers those questions...

National Volunteer Week - Eileen

Since 2012, Eileen Nyholm has served on multiple Wheels for the World (WFTW) outreaches each year. The vision of Joni and Friends was shared with her when she was recruited on an outreach to Ukraine in 2011. Motivated and inspired by this outreach, Eileen quickly signed up for her second WFTW outreach to the Dominican Republic the next year.

Since then, she’s served on 19 WFTW outreaches in 9 countries! Bringing over 35 years of experience as an occupational therapist, Eileen’s role is vital on these teams to identify the orthopedic, neurological, and skin needs of each recipient and determine which piece of equipment meets those needs. She’s often placed in leadership as the team’s Lead Therapist, who makes certain that each recipient receives a wheelchair that’s perfect for them. In 2018 alone, Eileen will be serving on 5 different WFTW outreaches, two of which are student-integrated Outreaches that partner with...

Sarah - A Faithful Servant of the Lord

Sarah found out about Joni and Friends when she was searching online for international missions organizations. She knew there must be a real need for physical therapists to serve overseas; so in 2013, the Lord led her to serve at Joni and Friends International Family Retreats in Guatemala and Peru. But her passion to serve with Joni and Friends doesn’t end there! Sarah has also served on a Wheels for the World outreach, she’s a Chair Corps volunteer, and she leads a Beyond Suffering small group at her local church with her husband.

As a Short-Term Missionary, Sarah shares her gift as a physical therapist overseas – she meets with people affected by disability over several days and provides physical and spiritual support. She enjoys the helpful interaction of working with both Americans and local volunteers to use her specialty to further God’s kingdom...

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