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Total Access in 2012

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 3, 2012
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  • Wheels For The World

A group of volunteers praying over a newly constructed accessibility ramp“It was the best outreach into Peru we’ve had to date!” John Wern, special projects director, said when he recently returned from Peru where he led a Joni and Friends’ Total Access team. What is Total Access? There exists a critical lack of access for people with disabilities in developing nations, so we put together small teams of construction professionals (who often labor alongside our Wheels for the World teams) to build ramps and widen doorways, etc. – it's a very practical way to demonstrate the love of Christ. While in Peru, our Total Access workers built 8 ramps in 4 days in preparation for our International Family Retreat to be held in Peru this coming April. Twelve Peruvian military personnel from worked side-by-side with our team, during which time they heard the Good News of Jesus and accepted Christ as Savior. Are you handy with tools? Consider serving with us through Total Access.

Dig for Diamonds in 2012!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 30, 2011
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  • What's New in Our Store

diamonds in the dust book coverDiamonds in the Dust, Joni's award-winning devotional book, takes theology and gives it flesh, breath, and emotion. Drawing from her own trials and triumphs, Joni opens her heart to us on each page, sharing what God has taught her from her wheelchair and through His Word. With more than 200,000 copies sold, Diamonds in the Dust has become a devotional favorite – these 366 meditations uncover eternal truths waiting to transform the events of our lives into facets that catch and reflect God's glory. Order your copy today, or choose one of her other acclaimed devotional books, More Precious Than Silver, or Pearls of Great Price. Begin 2012 with your friend, Joni Eareckson Tada… all of us at Joni and Friends wish you a Spirit-blessed New Year!

Serve with Us in 2012!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 26, 2011
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  • Cause 4 Life

cause 4 life internsMinistering among special-needs families is one of the most rewarding experiences you could possibly enjoy! It’s why we encourage you to consider signing up for one of our Cause 4 Life internships. There are lots of opportunities posted on our Cause 4 Life page, but we want to especially highlight our Cause 4 Life Missions and Ministry Academy this coming summer. MA is designed to energize a new generation of Christian leaders for global missions, social justice and advocacy on behalf of people affected by disability around the world. MMA is an eight-week internship that will truly change your life. You’ll experience classes and lectures with disability experts, hands-on service at the Joni and Friends International Disability Center, participating in local church ministries, serving at our southern California Joni and Friends’ Family Retreat and, finally, a disability-mission trip to Haiti. Scholarships are even available, so pray about joining us!

Merry Christmas!

joni and friend staff christmas photo
Joni and Friends wishes you a peaceful and blessed Christmas – we thank you for standing with us in the ministry! Pictured here are the good folks who work in Wheels for the World, National and International Family Retreats, Wounded Warrior Getaways, Special Delivery, 'Joni and Friends' Radio, the Christian Institute on Disability, the International Department, TV and Visual Media, Development and Marketing, Accounting, Fulfillment, Correspondence and Resources, Church Relations, Human Resources, Field Services, and the Executive and Founder's offices. This Advent, as you rejoice in our Savior’s birth, may you discover anew the joy of the Lord Jesus, the love of family, the comfort of home, and the cheer of good friends. Glad tidings to you and your family and have a Happy Christmas!

Great Ideas for Giving!

volunteer holding a boy with down syndromeThe Christmas season has always been marked by the cheerful spirit of giving. Little wonder; just consider how much God gave when He sent His Son, Jesus into our dark world! We honor Him when we give gifts to friends and family in His wonderful name. And if you need a few creative ideas on just how (and whom) to give, click open the 'days' on this unusual calendar! Don't forget, as you plan your year-end giving, thank you for remembering the needs of people with disabilities around the world – your gifts to Joni and Friends are much appreciated, and we welcome your partnership in the Gospel as we approach a new and busy year!

What's Your Devotional Book for 2012?!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 8, 2011
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  • What's New in Our Store

joni and francie holding the book "Diamonds in the Dust"Joni’s award-winning devotional books are the perfect way to begin the New Year – filled with deep insights from God's Word, personal stories and practical applications, her much-acclaimed devotional books will bolster your walk with Christ in 2012. Whether you choose Diamonds in the Dust, More Precious than Silver, or Pearls of Great Price, you will find the same rich biblical truth and heartwarming encouragement on every page (Joni is pictured with her secretary, Francie, her ‘hands’ for researching and typing.) Order yours for 2012… or purchase one for a family member or friend! 

Ministry and Missions Coming Your Way in 2012!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 5, 2011
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  • Cause 4 Life

joni and ken at dallas theological seminaryWhen Joni recently spoke at Dallas Theological Seminary, the student response was amazing (Joni was at DTS to draw attention to the disability ministry class which our JAF Christian Institute on Disability helped design… she is pictured here with Prof. Daniel Thomson and Dr. Larry Waters, instructors). If you'd like to hear what energized these students, listen to her message. But don't just hear it; get on board doing it! Joni and Friends is currently registering interns for our Cause 4 Life Ministry and Missions Academy, an eight-week course from June 11-August 3 which includes classroom studies at the IDC, serving hands-on at our Southern California Family Retreat, and finally, traveling with us to Haiti to minister the love of Christ to those with disabilities. The purpose of Cause 4 Life is to equip today’s next-generation leaders for disability ministry, missions, and advocacy (scholarships available). Interested? Join us for eight weeks of intensive, soul-stirring, faith-stretching ministry to those who need Christ's love. Sign up today!

Wheels for the World in 'Arabic!'

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 1, 2011
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  • Wheels For The World

gene working on a wheelchair
Our Wheels team serving in Jordan is seeing much fruit for their efforts – team leaders Gene and Monique write, "As we fit wheelchairs to children with disabilities, it's a privilege to work side-by-side with Jordanians, spreading the vision of good care for those with special needs. It was also a joy to have a young pastor from East Amman bring a number of disabled people from his neighborhood. As we help him help his neighbors, it is good to know that he will continue to encourage them...

A New Bible Study: Beyond Suffering!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 28, 2011
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  • Christian Institute on Disability

student prayingHave you ever suffered physically, emotionally or spiritually and wondered why? Do you have family members or friends with disabilities and struggle to know what to say or how to act around them? Our Joni and Friends’ Christian Institute on Disability (CID) has created a powerful course of study focusing on the theology of suffering, as well as practical...

From Our President, Doug Mazza...

joni eareckson tada and doug mazzaAll of us at Joni and Friends want to thank you for your partnership this year in helping us reach special-needs families around the world with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Without your prayers and support, we simply wouldn't be able to carry out our mission. We especially thank God for you, and I want to assure you that, on this Thanksgiving, we will be mentioning you before the Lord, thanking Him that He has given us friends like you to make such a difference for Christ in the world. I pray you'll enjoy a restful and refreshing time with family and friends as you celebrate the goodness of God this Thanksgiving!

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