Kicking Off Family Retreat Season!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 8, 2012
  • Family Retreats

Brill Family at Family RetreatFamily Retreat is encouragement, hope, and strength we don’t get anywhere else,” say David and Tracy Brill, who attended with their three sons. “When you have a disability in the family, these things aren’t found in the world.” June marks the kick-off of 24 Joni and Friends Family Retreats this summer. Families will be given the blessed opportunity to rest from their usual routine, to drink in life-changing truth from God’s word, to worship and share God’s love in the embrace of others who truly understand. Family bonds are joyfully strengthened as moms, dads, and kids who live with disability build beautiful family memories to last a lifetime. “At Family Retreat, we grow closer together as a family and closer to God,” says Tracy. “Other families show us God’s love and encourage us to press on.” As a young father, David shoulders heavy burdens all year long that he can’t share anywhere else but at Family Retreat. “The guys in my Man-to-Man group are my heroes,” David says. “They come back year after year; they don’t jump ship. We’re stickin’ with it because God meets us at Family Retreat and helps us. “When we leave at the end of the week, we take the support and love of our family in Christ with us,” David continues. “We carry God’s word with us all year long. You can’t put a price on what God gives us at Family Retreat.” Join us in praying for all of the families who will be attending a Family Retreat this summer! And thank you for allowing God to use you to restore families through Christ’s love at Family Retreats. Check back to meet more families who are being blessed this summer at Family Retreat!


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Family Retreat is my happy place every year and I have come to love the Brill family. Both families and STMs are blessed beyond measure!
  • June 18, 2012
  • 4:02 p.m.
  • Andrea Colmery
Hi Joni. Without Family I don"t know where "The Rejholec Family" would be. Our lives was totally transformed by God at FR 1967. The rest is HIStory. Praise His Name! Awesome Memories! and Lifelong Friendships made at Family Retreat. Thank You Joni and Ken and The JAF Chicago Staff for giving to the Lord, and making a difference in many lives. You Are Loved!
  • June 10, 2012
  • 3 p.m.
  • Nancy Rejholec
Nancy - Thank you for sharing how Family Retreat has made a difference in your life!
  • June 10, 2012
  • 3 p.m.
  • Joni and Friends
Joni and Ken, praying for you right now as you are speaking at Willow (my church) for the third time this weekend. Had the privilege of seeing and hearing you last night. Praying for your stamina, health, freedom from pain, that the Lord will draw you close, fill you up and use you. Thank you BOTH for living Christ to others.
  • June 10, 2012
  • 10:04 a.m.
  • Rachel