International Family Retreat

A Heart-Opening Outreach

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 5, 2018
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Simone serving in Peru

We love seeing who God calls to serve at International Family Retreats! Each year Short-Term Missionaries (STMs) from all different backgrounds, ethnicities, ages, and life-experiences come together to show Christ’s love to families affected by disability. This year we were blessed to send Simone to our Family Retreat in Peru. Simone works at Joni and Friends in our Human Resources department and has a huge heart for special-needs families.

A Faith Transformation

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 19, 2018
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A question we love to ask our Short-Term Missionaries (STMs) when they return from serving an at International Family Retreat is, “How did God use serving as an STM to impact your faith?” We had the pleasure of hearing from Geraldine when she returned from serving at her first Family Retreat...

Finding Community at Family Retreat

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 21, 2018
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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...

Pray for International Family Retreats

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 12, 2018
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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...

Poland International Family Retreat

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 14, 2018
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We’re so excited for what God has planned for our Poland International Family Retreat this year! Held on the coast of the Baltic Sea, this Retreat gives families affected by disability a place to connect while participating in Bible studies, worship, crafts, games, and more. 

Our team will be led by Heather, one of our fantastic Short-Term Missionaries (STMs) who serves each year at our Spruce Lake Family Retreat. But last year, Heather stepped out in faith and traveled overseas to experience Family Retreat in Poland. And almost immediately, she was blown away by the integration of the international body of Christ! They all worked together as a team to...

Jodie's Story

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 16, 2018
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It’s such a privilege being able to see Short Term Missionaries from Domestic Family Retreats take a leap of faith and share the gospel with families at our International Family Retreats! Jodie has been a faithful volunteer with Joni and Friends for 10 years, serving at both Spruce Lake Family Retreat...

Serve at an International Family Retreat!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 16, 2018
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Here at Joni and Friends, we offer unique short-term mission experiences through our International Family Retreats (IFRs), a program that extends love, acceptance, and compassion to families affected by disability around the world. And for over 10 years, we've sent volunteers to train the local church...

Erika in Thailand

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 11, 2018
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Erika in ThailandHave you ever wondered what it’s like to serve on an International Family Retreat (IFR)? Hear from one of our wonderful volunteers, Erika Rogers, who traveled to Thailand with us last year, as she answers some questions you might have about...

Come Serve at an International Family Retreat!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 9, 2017
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Apply for an International Family Retreat!Do you want to serve internationally? Are you looking to make a difference by bringing glory to God overseas? Consider applying for one of our International Family Retreats (IFR)! By serving as a Short Term Missionary, you’ll have the chance to live out your faith and present Christ’s love in a tangible way to people affected by...

International Family Retreat Applications Are Live!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 30, 2017
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International Family Retreat Applications Are Live!Are you looking to serve the Lord by spreading the Gospel message abroad and offering hope to special needs families? Our International Family Retreat applications are live on our website today, and we want you to join us! International Family Retreats offer a dynamic opportunity to live out your faith and present Christ’s love...

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