Joni and Friends Honors Local Churches with the New Luke 14 Award

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 9, 2017

Luke 14 Award

Right before our Red Carpet Premiere of the remastered Joni movie, Joni focused attention on several regional churches who have partnered with us to provide exceptional service to individuals affected by disability and their families. In a special pre-screening reception, these churches were recognized with the Luke 14 Award to honor their fulfillment of Jesus’ words in the Gospel of Luke. Joni said, “Everything we do at Joni and Friends – from sharing my story in film, to delivering wheelchairs around the world, to operating Family Retreats to serve special needs families – is driven by Jesus’ command in the book of Luke to ‘invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind and you will be blessed...make them come in so my house will be full.’ We are so excited that these churches have joined us on this journey and we wanted to recognize them for the amazing job that they are doing!”

This event was part of our celebration of God's faithfulness to Joni throughout the past 50 years in her wheelchair. We partnered with Calvary Community Church to host the event, which was one of the featured recipients of the Luke 14 Award. Special guests attended an invitation-only reception before the film, where churches who had received the Luke 14 recognition were presented with their award. All guests who attended the movie event enjoyed the opportunity to walk the red carpet, view authentic “Joni” movie memorabilia, and read the true stories of various Wheels for the World wheelchair recipients.

The churches honored were Anthem Church in Thousand Oaks, Calvary Chapel of Oxnard, Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, Calvary Nexus in Camarillo, Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley, Discovery Church in Simi Valley, Emmanuel Church in Thousand Oaks, Godspeak Calvary Church in Newbury Park, Gold Coast Christian Church in Oxnard, Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Mission Church in Ventura, and the Bridge Evangelical Free Church in Newbury Park. Grace Community Church was also singled out for the longevity of their ministry to people affected by disablility, which was founded in 1976.

Is your church interested in creating a disability ministry? Contact your local Area Ministry to receive help and resources!


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