Joni and Friends Blog

The Sufferings of Jesus

In heaven, not only will our sufferings win us merit, the sufferings of Jesus will have an eternal perspective, too. Our Lord will be honored as the slain Lamb. His sufferings will never be forgotten. Unlike us, he will always visibly bare his wounds to the universe, and for that, God the Father, Son...

Introducing Children to Disability

Disability ministry is a unique blessing which teaches many invaluable lessons. It blesses not only the families affected by disability, but the church as a whole. Children can be especially blessed by the introduction of disability into their lives; it can provide them a way to serve and love others...

51 Weeks

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 14, 2018
  • 1 Comment
  • Family Retreats

When a child is diagnosed with a disability, it affects the whole family 24/7. Rarely is relief or support available to them, and the challenges they face daily are made worse by isolation. But there’s one week out of the year that’s different! For the Light family and hundreds of other special needs...

Pray for International Family Retreats

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 12, 2018
  • International Family Retreat

The months of July and August are busy for our International Family Retreats (IFRs)! Hundreds of families affected by disability all around the world will enjoy fun games, crafts, outdoor recreation, and much-needed rest. At each Retreat, these families will hear the Gospel message, some for...

A Word from Doug Mazza

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 8, 2018
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After 20 years of faithful service, our President and Chief Operating Officer Doug Mazza is retiring...

Our Cause 4 Life Interns in Mexico!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 6, 2018
  • Cause 4 Life

Last week, our Arizona Cause 4 Life interns traveled to Rocky Point, Mexico to serve the disability community. On their first day, the team visited a school for students with special needs. They had so much fun playing games and spending time with each of the students – it was amazing to see...


From Joni’s Heart: Ministry Update

Twenty years ago, God brought Doug Mazza to serve as President and Chief Operating Officer...

A Wheelchair for Melissa

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 3, 2018
  • Wheels For The World

Ruth saw that her daughter Melissa was in desperate need of a wheelchair. And she knew she couldn’t carry her on her shoulders forever. Yet with disabilities such as spina bifida, hydrocephalus, seizures...

Your Prayers and Gifts Changed Cristina’s Future

Thousands of children with disabilities in developing countries like Romania urgently need kid-sized wheelchairs. They are in critically short supply and very expensive; in fact, wheelchairs can sometimes cost up to a year’s salary, which most families with special needs children cannot afford...

Eva in Uganda

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 27, 2018
  • Cause 4 Life

Disability has always been a part of Eva’s (shown left in photo) life. Growing up with her brother, James, on the Autism spectrum, she’s always had the desire to adopt skills to help her brother solve the every-day challenges he faces. This turned into a calling to minister to people in the disability community, so when she heard about our Cause 4 Life internship in Uganda, she was ready to join the team!

While in Uganda, Eva went through our Beyond Suffering Curriculum and was trained on the biblical view of disability, a theology of suffering, and a practical application of serving people affected by disability. She also visited the Kampala School for the Physically Handicapped, where she was able to share special needs resources with the teachers and staff...

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