A Mother Shares with You

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

Maria with her daughter, SarahMaria praying with friends at Family Retreat
Happy 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…

Dear Joni and Friends,

It was just Sarah and me this year at our very first Joni and Friends Family Retreat. With Sarah’s huge medical expenses, we could never have afforded it. But someone gave so we could have the gift of a scholarship. We packed up and came on faith. I was truly terrified. Traveling with a special needs child is overwhelming and trying to make new living conditions work is frightening. I prayed God would open my heart to whatever He would say to me. I prayed I would leave as a different person than when I came. At Family Retreat I met other moms with the same concerns and fears I have. I’ve been reminded that I have to keep my relationship with God in first place. Sarah’s needs have been so overwhelming, I’d lost sight of that. I needed to get back on track. GOD HAS DONE IT! He has worked a new freedom in my heart at Family Retreat! God has met me here and I will never be the same.


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