March 2018

God Bless You

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 29, 2018
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When you open the Bible, you realize the first thing God does in relation to man is to bless him. When you dig a little further, you’ll find the first Psalm is also about blessings. Follow the lead to the New Testament, and the most famous sermon Jesus ever preached centers on blessings (Matthew 5:3...

Thank You for Giving Children a Hope for the Future

Giving Children a Hope for the Future  After 13-year-old Robert was born with multiple disabilities, everyone, including the doctor, was shocked. Filled with shame, Robert’s father wanted to keep Robert locked up inside the house so no one in the village could see him. Eventually, Robert’s father abandoned him, and Robert’s mother, Elena, raised him and the other children alone. As a single mother, Elena works hard to provide for all of Robert’s needs but struggles to make ends meet. Robert needs a wheelchair, but Elena knows she’ll never be able to afford one…

Because of you, Robert’s life changed at a Wheels for the World distribution in Romania. Robert received a wheelchair that fit him perfectly and a Bible in his language! He can now be part of the community and hold his head up high...

A Brand-New Product for You this Easter...

New Life Art PrintThis Easter, we’re offering you one of Joni’s most popular artworks, New Life. Joni’s beautiful painting captures the symbolic beauty of the new life we have in Christ. Using ink and watercolor, Joni portrays a Monarch butterfly’s struggle to break free of its chrysalis, representing the hardships we as...

Arizona Academy Internship

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 23, 2018
  • Cause 4 Life

Cause 4 Life is excited to host an internship program through the Joni and Friends Arizona office once again this summer! It’s six weeks packed full of training in disability ministry, fun with kids and adults with disabilities, and experiencing disability in different cultures. If you have a heart to serve people...

Today is World Down Syndrome Day!

Today, March 21st, is World Down Syndrome Day, a global awareness day specifically set aside to celebrate the value of individuals with Down syndrome and the vital contributions they make to our communities. It was the United Nations that declared March 21st as World Down Syndrome Day...

Hope Overflowing - 100,000 by 2020

Hope Overflowing - 100,000 by 2020Do you want to transform a child's life for Jesus? Thousands of children and parents affected by disability are crying out for help right now. God does not ignore their cries and neither can we. “Hope Overflowing: 100,000 by 2020” is a bold Joni and Friends initiative to deliver wheelchairs and the...

Celebrating St. Patrick

The way people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day nowadays has virtually nothing to do with honoring the remarkable Christian missionary who, hundreds of years ago, took the Gospel of Christ to Ireland! Patrick was born into a wealthy family in Britain around the year 387. At the time, pirates from...

Serve at an International Family Retreat!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 16, 2018
  • International Family Retreat

Here at Joni and Friends, we offer unique short-term mission experiences through our International Family Retreats (IFRs), a program that extends love, acceptance, and compassion to families affected by disability around the world. And for over 10 years, we've sent volunteers to train the local church...

“I Could Never Have Imagined…”

“I Could Never Have Imagined…”

You may never visit a country like Peru, Romania, or even El Salvador, but your generosity and prayers sent a wheelchair and Bible to a woman who never imagined receiving such a gift. Maria has spent her lifetime working hard to provide and care...

From the Heart - Wheels for the World

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 11, 2018
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From the Heart - Wheels for the WorldWhen I was in Africa, I saw a young woman with polio '"crawling" across a street on her hands, dragging her paralyzed legs behind her. As I watched her weave her way across the busy road, I was breathless. What if a car doesn’t see her? How will her legs survive the constant battering? Doesn’t anyone care?  

But then she came to our Wheels for the World outreach – tears welled in my eyes as she happily received a wheelchair, the Bible, plus a Joni book (just like this African girl in the photo). She also received Jesus as her Savior. Immediately, we were kindred spirits… true sisters in Christ. But the need is so great… there’s so many others like her...

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