March 2012

Your Loving Support Brings Kim and Javier Home to Family Retreat!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 29, 2012
  • 1 Comment
  • Family Retreats

Kim and Javier ready to go swimming at Joni and Friends Family RetreatAt Family Retreat, families come in all shapes and sizes. Kim Skethway is a single mom. Her 15 year old son, Javier, has cerebral palsy. “We live in a world that doesn’t understand our needs,” says Kim. But at Joni and Friends’ Family Retreat, they find the strength and understanding that they need. Kim and Javier have been coming to Family Retreat for 10 years and their faith has grown stronger every year. “Family Retreat is an important part of our Christian growth,” Kim explains. “Every year we take a giant step forward in our walk with Christ. The worship, the fellowship and the messages from God’s word stay in our hearts all year. Throughout the year, I know God will remind me every day to take the blinders off and let Him be my strength and helper!” Best of all, Kim and Javier feel deeply loved and valued by their Family Retreat...

A Community Project for You!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 23, 2012
  • Wheels For The World

team loading wheelchairs for a wheelchair drive A happy girl receives her first wheelchair from Wheels for the World
Are you looking for a fun and engaging outreach project for your church or youth group? How about collecting wheelchairs that will bring hope and mobility to children and adults with disabilities around the world? Get your entire community involved by hosting your own Wheels for the World wheelchair drive! Whether you host a wheelchair drive as a weekend event or over an extended event, Joni and Friends wants to provide support as you form your team, find sponsors, and promote your event. You’ll start by...

Encouraging Message from Joni

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 21, 2012
  • In the Media, Video Archives

If you are in the midst of a trial and wondering why God allows suffering, click to watch Joni Eareckson Tada’s message of encouragement for you.

A Place of Healing

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 20, 2012
  • What's New in Our Store

A Place of Healing bookHave you ever asked the question, "If God can heal me, why won't He?" How do we navigate the agonizing distance between such a magnificent yes and such a heartbreaking no? In this personal account of Joni’s own struggle with chronic pain, she offers you her perspective on divine healing, God’s purposes, and what it means to live with joy. Suffering can make us bitter or compassionate; it can drive us away from God or push us into His arms. If you are enduring physical pain, financial loss, or relational grief, Joni and Friends invites you to process your pain with Joni. In A Place of Healing, Joni takes you on an intimate journey through foundational questions about healing, suffering, pain, and hope. Get a copy for yourself, or give one to a friend who’s looking for biblical encouragement, hope...

Joni Eareckson Tada Receives the Wilberforce Award!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 16, 2012
  • In the Media, Video Archives

In this video, Chuck Colson invites you to join in celebrating this year's Wilberforce Award winner.

Joni Eareckson Tada will be honored with the prestigious Wilberforce Award during the annual Wilberforce Weekend held March 30-April 1 in Lansdowne, Va. The award is named for William Wilberforce, the British parliamentarian who fought for 26 years to abolish slavery in Great Britain, finally succeeding with the passage of the Slave Trade Act in 1807. Chuck Colson, who hosts the BreakPoint radio program, said Tada was selected for the award because she -- like Wilberforce -- has persevered and sacrificed to fight social injustice and to transform culture. "She is a defiant, inspirational, joy-filled rebuttal to those who would assault the sanctity of human life," Colson said. Presented by the Board of Directors of Breakpoint/The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, the award honors those who share Wilberforce's passions and principles:

  • Making a significant impact on the social ills of the day through personal effort, skill, and influence;
  • Showing perseverance and selflessness in combating injustice, even to the point of willingness to sacrifice personal comfort, career and reputation;
  • Making positive change in the values and character of society -- "reforming manners ...

Do You Know Someone with an Unused Wheelchair?

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 13, 2012
  • Wheels For The World

boy receives restored wheelchairDo you or someone you know have an unused wheelchair? You can donate that wheelchair to Joni and Friends and be a vital part of bringing mobility to someone with a disability! Our volunteer organization, called Chair Corps, collects used wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, and canes to be restored and delivered to people with a disability in developing countries, who can’t afford a wheelchair. The Chair Corps team makes it easy to donate wheelchairs or other mobility...

"You are Truly the Friends of God!"

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 8, 2012
  • Wheels For The World

a boy in ghana sitting in his new wheelchairIn developing nations like Ghana, West Africa, little children with disabilities are outcast… denied the opportunities other children enjoy. Kennedy was abandoned by his father when he was born with cerebral palsy. Yet his mother Angelica held onto her faith in Jesus Christ to provide all they need. Like any mother, she has worried about her son’s future. Will he be able to go to school? Will he learn and grow? How will she carry him all the days of his life? But God’s unfailing kindness, shown through you, has answered the cries of Angelica’s heart. On a recent Wheels for the World outreach to Ghana, Kennedy received his first wheelchair – and not just any wheelchair! A one of a kind, pediatric wheelchair uniquely prepared for him by our therapists. Sitting up in his bright blue wheelchair, God’s plan began to unfold for Kennedy. “He will go to school now!” Angelica cried. “And I can push him to church where we will both learn more about God! Today God has provided for us! You are truly the friends of God and the...

Joni Speaks on Hope

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 5, 2012
  • Radio, Video Archives

In this video, Joni speaks of how our need and suffering brings us closer to our Lord.

Meet Joni's Friend, Jennifer Barrick

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 1, 2012
  • What's New in Our Store, Video Archives

Recently Jennifer Barrick stopped by the Joni and Friends International Disability Center for a visit and to talk about her new book Miracle for Jen. Enjoy this short video of Joni’s conversation with her remarkable young guest…