May 2013

Meet Our Vocational Interns!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 28, 2013
  • 1 Comment
  • Cause 4 Life

Victoria, Joni, Lenae, and HaleyOne of the most exciting things about summer at the Joni and Friends International Disability Center is welcoming our new interns! Meet Victoria Kwasny, Lenae Dickinson, and Haley Oram. These three vocational interns who will be serving with us until August, are only the first of many new faces who will be seen around the Joni and Friends International Disability this summer. Victoria (on the left) is currently studying Special Education at Mississippi State University and is returning to Joni and Friends for a second summer of service. Lenae (to the right of Joni) drove all the way from Albuquerque, New Mexico and has much experience with recreation, leadership, and administration. And Haley...

Memorial Day and Captain Voltin

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 26, 2013
  • Video Archives

Memorial Day is precious to us, especially because we serve so many military families who have either lost loved ones in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, or have had a family member return from tour of duty bearing significant wounds of conflict. Watch this video to see how Marine Corps Captain Ryan Voltin has found hope and healing at our Wounded Warrior Getaway...

Leveraging the Leader Within Conference

Young women learning about leadershipDo you know what it means to be a leader? Next month, Joni and Friends Greater Philadelphia will be hosting Leveraging the Leader Within, a leadership conference and forum designed for college and career bound young adults with disabilities. This exciting conference, taking place on June 21st, will educate you on what it means to be a leader from God’s perspective, as well as help you identify your own leadership skills and give practical information about what businesses look for in the leaders that they hire. Interested in this opportunity? Read more...

Volunteer and Change a Life at Family Retreat

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 21, 2013
  • Family Retreats

Nick and JosephNick and Joseph on the waterslide
It’s volunteer Short Term Missionaries (STMs) that make Family Retreat a one-of-a-kind experience for families with special needs. And serving changes our STMs’ lives too! Meet college student and first-time STM Nick. The experience transformed his college plans, his future, and his heart forever. “Serving as a Short Term Missionary at Family Retreat has completely changed me,” Nick told us. “I wanted to learn how...

Urgent: Your Help Needed!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 18, 2013
  • Joni's Posts, Family Retreats

Family Retreat attendee and STM with Ken and JoniThe success of any Joni and Friends Family Retreat depends largely on having enough 'helping hands' to serve the special-needs families who attend. This year, most of our Family Retreats filled up very quickly with families – but we do not have enough 'short-term missionaries' (STMs) to help them. In fact, several of our retreats are in serious need of STMs! If the Holy Spirit is prompting you to come and volunteer, consider coming to these retreats that have the greatest need of your help – and thank you for serving Jesus by ministering to these families!

Kettunen: July 3 - July 7, 2013 · Tustin, MI
Mission Springs 2: July 15 - July 19, 2013 · Scotts Valley, CA
Fort Bluff Camp Dayton: July 21 - July 25, 2013 · Dayton, TN
Bonclarken 2: August 12 - August 16, 2013 · Flat Rock, NC
Twin Rocks: August 12 - August 16, 2013 · Rockaway Beach, OR
Castaway Club: August 15 - August 19, 2013 · Detroit Lakes, MN

No One Fits Wheelchairs Like We Do

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 13, 2013
  • Radio, Video Archives, Wheels For The World

For those with disabilities in less-developed countries, their health will often deteriorate due to lack of therapy, adequate housing and care, and a proper fitting wheelchair. It’s why we at Joni and Friends make every effort to provide desperately needed mobility and the Gospel of Jesus to people with disabilities around the world. And we can only do it through the help of friends like you. Visit our Wheels for the World page to learn how you can help distribute wheelchairs and Bibles to people in need. And to inspire you, here’s a short video on what our Wheels for the World ministry is doing worldwide.

A Mother Shares with You

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 11, 2013
  • Family Retreats

Maria with her daughter, SarahHappy Mother’s Day! On this special day, we’re sharing a letter from Maria, a special needs mother who was able to attend Family Retreat because of your generosity. Thank you for your gifts that have blessed Maria and many mothers like her…

Click to read Maria's letter

1 Wheelchair Shows God's Faithfulness to 42!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 8, 2013
  • Wheels For The World

Satit in his new wheelchairAt the age of 3, Satit contracted polio. Living in Chiang Mai, Thailand, he was the eldest son in a Christian family that loved God’s word and believed in the power of prayer. Even though he could no longer walk, Satit prayed for God to use his life to bring others to Christ in Thailand. At 16, Satit felt God’s call to ministry and applied to many seminaries, only to be turned away. Pointing to his weak legs, he was told over and over again, “God can’t use you.” Without a wheelchair, it seemed they might be right. But Satit’s faith and prayer never wavered. Even though he did not have a wheelchair, “I attended as many Bible studies as I could,” said Satit. “God has called me to be an ambassador for Christ. I prayed for strength, for God’s provision of a wheelchair … and for souls.” Today, Satit and his wife work tirelessly to rescue children from the streets, where they are used in drug trafficking...

Building Homes for Families with Disabilities

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 6, 2013
  • Radio

Maria lived in extreme poverty in Guatemala. Her husband, ashamed of their daughter’s disability, abandoned the family, leaving them homeless. But through your generosity and the help of our ministry partners and volunteers, we were able to build a “casa” for Maria, that is, a home for her and her family. Want a sneak peak at how we did it? Take a look at this short video clip. We know it will encourage all who watch it, so share it with your friends. And don’t forget to check out the rest of Maria’s story by watching the full TV episode, A Casa for Maria.