National Volunteer Week – Jody

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • April 25, 2017

National Volunteer Week

It’s National Volunteer Week and to celebrate, we’re featuring a few of our faithful volunteers! Meet Jody, a passionate volunteer who became a part of the Joni and Friends family when she attended her first Wheels for the World trip in 2009. Arriving in Romania to serve, she saw firsthand the need for mobility and the spiritual needs of the people. Identifying with the pain and fears of the parents of disabled children, she knew she wanted to minister on other outreaches. Since then, Jody has served on 8 different Wheels for the World outreaches, and will be attending her 9th outreach this July! She has always had an awareness of people with disabilities; 35 years ago, her son contracted meningitis at 7 months old, which resulted in significant cognitive delays and a severe seizure disorder. She says, “Our lives revolve around disabled people and as a result, a ministry with Joni and Friends was a natural fit!”

Jody has also volunteered at our International Disability Center in Agoura Hills as a tour guide since 2015. She has been thrilled to be able to meet people from all walks of life and then share with them the ministry of Joni and Friends. When we asked why she continues to volunteer with us, she shared, “I enjoy volunteering with Joni and Friends because it is an opportunity to share the ministry with people from all over the world. Something as simple as a cane, walker, or even a wheelchair can bring tears of joy to so many people who need to know that Jesus loves them and died for them. There is no greater thrill than hearing about many who have made decisions to follow Jesus. What a joy to be the hands and feet of Jesus, serving in a support role to those who receive a wheelchair. The special times come when I can share the gift of salvation as a mom who is still learning to daily lean on the Lord.”

If you’d like to send Jody a note of appreciation, be sure to leave a comment below. Thank you, Jody, we are so thankful for your faithful service at Joni and Friends!

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Hello Jody :) Many thanks for your wonderful work and vocation!!!! God bless you! Have a beautiful and blessed springtime! Love, Marja
  • April 27, 2017
  • 7:04 a.m.
  • Marja Poutiainen
God bless you as you travel. This is an awesome ministry !!!
  • April 25, 2017
  • 11:15 p.m.
  • Carolyn Dewey
I'm proud to call you my sister and support you in prayer for your faithful service. How God has blessed me to have you in my family!
  • April 25, 2017
  • 8:33 p.m.
  • Julie Johnson
Jody, You are a blessing to all those around you. Thanks for being the hands and feet of Jesus at Joni and Friends, at the Wheels for the World outreaches, and at our Friendship Class.
  • April 25, 2017
  • 8:31 p.m.
  • Randy Robertson
God's plans are always the best. So happy to see that one of His plans for you is to use you to bless others in this way. Thank- you for your service. I think you make God smile.
  • April 25, 2017
  • 4:23 p.m.
  • Terri Goerg
Dear Jody, May our Lord continue to Bless & Keep you as you care for all those He places before you as you live and move and serve Him in so many ways. Thank you for all the love and care you share in His Name, With Warm Gratitude to our Lord, for you! Sincerely, Ruth
  • April 25, 2017
  • 4:12 a.m.
  • Ruth Cunningham