May 2012

The Lausanne Movement

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 30, 2012
  • In the Media

The Lausanne MovementBoy receiving first wheelchair
As the month of May comes to a close, we want to thank you for taking the time to follow the Lausanne Conversation on giving the love of Christ to people with disabilities and their families. Your concern on this issue is so important because as followers of Jesus, we all must care about the weak and vulnerable. Life is precious and Jesus Christ, the Prince of Life, the Word of Life, and the Resurrection and the Life has commanded...

Changed at Family Retreat

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 24, 2012
  • Family Retreats

Iford Family at Family RetreatKatie and Alaina

Have you experienced “realness” at Family Retreat? Jeremy and Trisha Iford arrived at Family Retreat with three kids in tow —Alaina, 7, has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, Addie is 5 and Levi is 1. “We were welcomed with open arms,” says Trisha. “The STM’s (Short Term Missionaries) are like older sisters that want to spend time with my kids, and the other moms are eager to share their stories. There’s realness here.” This “realness” opens the door to acceptance and healing that comes from the...

Matching Gift Opportunity!

two sisters wavingRight now, we have a bountiful ministry opportunity. Some generous friends of Joni and Friends will match every gift you give, up to $250,000! With your help, we can raise $500,000! Worldwide, people with disability live in unimaginably difficult conditions. Even here in our own neighborhoods, they are often isolated, exhausted, and without hope. And what is their most important need? To know Jesus Christ! With this Matching Gift Opportunity, $10 becomes $20… $100 turns into $200! Your gift will help us reach twice as many individuals and...

Welcome Interns!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 17, 2012
  • Joni's Posts, Cause 4 Life

joni with victoria kwasny and mary clarkjoni with victoria kwasny and mary clark
I love seeing the fresh, happy faces of our summer interns as I wheel through the IDC – so meet Victoria (in the beige shirt) and Mary Clark (in white). Both girls just finished their first and second year at Mississippi State University (flying to California right after finals). Victoria is a Special Education major and, among other responsibilities, is helping us organize and execute our West Coast Disability Summit May 18-19. Mary Clark wants to become an occupational therapist – she's learning about disability ministry worldwide, as well as partnership strategies with a focus on our work in Jordan. These young women represent the new face of disability ministry and I absolutely love their passion for Jesus Christ. (By the way, this week Ken and I arrive home from Chuck Colson's memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral… we'll head right for our West Coast Disability Summit. So thank you for praying for fresh energy)!

A Pastor's Experience as a Family Retreat Volunteer

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 14, 2012
  • Radio, Video Archives

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to volunteer at a Joni and Friends Family Retreat? Pastor Dale Meador sure did! He didn’t know what to expect, but after volunteering to help a young man with Down syndrome, Pastor Dale Meador fell in love with Family Retreats. Watch this video to hear more about his experience volunteering with Family Retreats.

Joni and Friends Honors First Master’s Graduates in Disability Studies

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 11, 2012
  • Christian Institute on Disability

CBU Graduates at GraduationAs Master’s Degree graduates at California Baptist University received their degrees this month, 12 of the graduates were honored by the Joni and Friends Christian Institute on Disability for completing the first-ever master’s level program in Disability Studies. Through a course done entirely online, master’s degrees have been awarded in disability ministry as well as disabilities studies from Bible-based curriculum for the first time. Although...

Lindy Eareckson

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 10, 2012
  • Radio, Video Archives

Watch this video to see how Joni's Mother, Lindy Eareckson, sang to her during her time in the hospital shortly after her diving accident.

We’re Celebrating 30 Years of Joni and Friends Radio!

Joni in the recording studioIn 1981, Al Sanders and Jon Campbell of Ambassador Advertising Agency approached Joni and said, “We’d like to put your messages on the air!” At first, Joni was overwhelmed: Yes, I’ve learned a lot from my wheelchair and years of studying God's Word, but will it be enough to fill five minutes every day?! Now 30 years and more than 7,000 programs later, we say a hearty yes! Since May of 1982, Joni’s inspirational messages have served as encouragement for all listeners, no matter what the limitation. So join us in celebrating 30 years of Joni and Friends Radio by becoming a member of Joni's Joy for the Journey...

From a Dad’s Heart

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 8, 2012
  • 1 Comment
  • Family Retreats

Hanks FamilyJim and Lisa Hanks heard about Joni and Friends Family Retreat and were skeptical at first. “That’s a great ministry,” they thought, “But not for us. We have too many special needs.” Knowing firsthand how families with disabilities struggle, Jim decided to be a Short Term Missionary and serve another family just like his for a week. In the process, he realized Family Retreat was exactly what his own family needed. He came home and told Lisa and the kids, “We’re goin’ to Family Retreat!It’s the best thing ever!” “My wife Lisa and I stay pretty run down all year long. Our son’s care is consuming and takes all day, every day. When we’re here, the Lord...

Meet Kevin, Our New Intern

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 7, 2012
  • Joni's Posts, Cause 4 Life

joni and kevin in the radio studioWhen I'm tooling around the IDC, I love passing other wheelchair users 'on the ramp.' That's one small reason why I'm happy Kevin Natale is with us this month, interning through our Cause 4 Life internship program. I love this guy's attitude (he was shot in the neck by a neighbor at the age of 14, but Jesus Christ gave him the amazing ability to forgive his assailant). At first, though, he was pretty depressed and sought escape from the reality of his quadriplegia by abusing alcohol. Then Jesus gripped his heart and he went on to graduate from college. And now? Among other things, Kevin is helping us research statistics on people with disabilities and drug abuse (yes, it's a bigger problem than you'd think). Take a moment and cheer Kevin on by dropping him a line on my blog… and please pray for this dear brother. Then, take a look at this wonderful video that shows what Cause 4 Life internships are all about!

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