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Former Senior Vice President of Oracle Named Next President of Joni and Friends

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 20, 2018
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John NugentWe're excited to announce that John Nugent has been appointed as the next President of Joni and Friends! He will assume this role in January 2019 when our current President, Doug Mazza, will retire after 20 successful years of explosive ministry growth and global impact. Nugent has served on the Joni and Friends Board of Directors since 2011 and as Chairman of the Board since 2015.

The selection of Nugent caps a prayerful, comprehensive search process conducted by the Board of Directors. Doug Mazza expressed confidence in the choice...

People Who Inspire Joni: Diana Mood

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 16, 2018

Diana MoodYes, that's me around 1974, and that's my friend, Diana Mood – why does she still inspire me to this day? Well, right after I broke my neck, she lived out John 15:13, "Greater love has no one than this: that he lay down his life for his friends." Diana was a constant companion when I was in the hospital recovering from my spinal cord injury – she even took a semester away from college so she could be a candy-striper in my hospital (that way, she could help me more).

When I graduated from rehab, Diana continued to help me adjust to my new life in a wheelchair. She even convinced me to sign up for classes at the University of Maryland (she found notetakers to assist me, and other helpers to meet me in the cafeteria). In short, she became the gospel to me, showcasing what John 15:13 should look like in everyday life. Diana taught me that normal Christian service is sacrificial service. And that's why she ranks under "People Who Inspire Me!"

Fulfilling a God-Given Dream

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 15, 2018
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Fulfilling a God Given Dream Lari and Rachael, a mother-daughter duo from Texas, have been faithful volunteers with our Joni and Friends Texas office since 2015. When Lari saw that Joni and Friends had a Family Retreat in Texas, she knew God wanted their family to serve in this way together during Rachael’s high school summer vacations. After their first summer serving as STMs (short-term missionaries), they were hooked. God was placing disability ministry on their hearts, but they never imagined that this call would take them to the other side of the world.

But when Rachael discovered that Family Retreat takes place around the world in countries like China, she felt certain God wanted her to use her experience with people affected by disability and be the presence of...

How May We Pray for You?

How May We Pray for You?At Joni and Friends, we’re passionate about prayer. If you have any prayer requests, let us know… we’d love to pray for you! Every morning at Joni and Friends, our staff gathers at 8:00 a.m. to pray. During that time, we thank God for you because of...

Ed Robins - Our Amazing Chair Corps Volunteer!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 8, 2018
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Ed Robins

For more than fourteen years, Ed Robins has served Wheels for the World as a Chair Corps volunteer. He works with our Chair Corps team in St. Louis, and in addition to collecting used wheelchairs, Ed has also been an indispensable driver for us. You...

A Comforting Verse

A Comforting VerseIt’s a promise we’ve staked our lives on for years. The idea of God being in control can sound alarming, but once we settle into the promise, it begins to feel immensely comfortable. If God did not restrain evil, then headaches and hardships would...

Through Your Prayers…Hope is Restored in Jesus!

Through Your Prayers…

Lazaro and Glenda needed a miracle when they arrived at our Wheels for the World outreach in El Salvador. They brought their five-year-old daughter, Ruth, who cannot walk, and their other daughters Rosa and Amilta. Lazaro and Glenda heard...

From the Heart - When Is It Right to Die?

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 30, 2018
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When Is It Right to DieI always smile when I talk about heaven and that glorious Day when I will see Jesus. Oh, the joy of being with my Savior forever! But the hard part is… getting there. When God calls us home, we all hope for a quick and painless death. But in this...

Questionable Motives

PrayingWhen I was a little girl, I knew that whenever my older teenaged sister Linda would sidle up to my daddy and ask him if he “wanted or needed anything,” she was just buttering him up to ask for extra cash beyond her allowance. I was just a little kid...

God Uses Your Faith In Action to Change Lives

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 23, 2018
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God Uses Your Faith In Action to Change Lives Every time you step out in faith to help people with disabilities worldwide, God uses you to transform lives. Mariellena is a hard-working woman from Guatemala who takes care of 6-year-old Christian. When Christian was born disabled, his mom didn't want him anymore and gave him to Mariellena. Mariellena and her husband have four children of their own, but she cares for Christian like he’s her own son. However, her husband doesn't help care for or support Christian’s needs because he isn't his father.

Mariellena was a woman in much need of hope. She cared for Christian all alone, and knew there was no way she could buy a much-needed...

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