Joni and Friends Blog

Thank You, Faithful Friends!

Every month, you are sending the Good News of the Gospel to people affected by disability. Here at home and across the globe, your faithful prayers and continuing support are sending hope and practical help through every ministry program at Joni and Friends. Not a monthly donor...

A Faith Transformation

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 19, 2018
  • International Family Retreat

A question we love to ask our Short-Term Missionaries (STMs) when they return from serving an at International Family Retreat is, “How did God use serving as an STM to impact your faith?” We had the pleasure of hearing from Geraldine when she returned from serving at her first Family Retreat...

Mother and Daughter Shine for Jesus through Service

It all started with a video of Joni and Ken that was shown at Friendship Club (a special needs ministry) at the church where Shelby attends. Shortly after, Auggie and her daughter, Shelby, were sponsored by their church to attend Family Retreat in 2015. Because of Family Retreattheir lives...

Happy 69th Birthday, Joni!

Today, we are celebrating Joni’s 69th birthday! We continue to see the Lord’s faithfulness in her life as she pours out her heart into the ministry of Joni and Friends. And as she celebrates today, she remembers the hundreds of believers who prayed for her healing when she was first injured. They...

Your Life of Service Shines for Jesus

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 11, 2018
  • 1 Comment

Michael Panther, a former Cause 4 Life intern, is now a disability ministry leader spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. In addition to serving at Family Retreats and on Wheels for the World outreaches, Michael also collects wheelchairs through Chair Corps and lead a Harvest Project...

The Visible Power of God

When I look at my daughter, Sarah, I see beauty. I see strength. I see joy. Sarah, like all of us, has been made in the image of God. Being His image bearer makes her beautiful, as does her winsome smile and that mischievous twinkle that lights up her eyes right before she tells me a joke. Sarah...

Jaycee's Mission Field

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 2, 2018
  • Cause 4 Life

Disability has always been a part of Jaycee’s life. Growing up with an older brother affected by disability, Jaycee has always been deeply involved with disability ministry. And last year, after hearing about Joni and Friends through her mentor, she packed her bags and headed to California to be a part of our summer academy internship program.

“I didn’t know a lot about Joni and Friends, but I came anyway. And afterward, I fell in love with their ministry and their mission – so I decided to come back again this summer and become a Corporate Intern, as well as lead the Academy Internship that I was a part of last year.”

Here at the International Disability Center (IDC)...

Prepare to Meet Your God

Don’t be afraid of this verse. It’s good news! God will one day call your past into account, and He will no doubt see smudges and stains, sins and faults – He will also see the blood of His Son which will cover all (Hebrews 9:14). What else about your past? God will see countless times of obedience...

You Bring Jesus to Special Needs Families at Family Retreat

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 25, 2018
  • 1 Comment
  • Family Retreats

"Then Jesus said, ‘Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.’” Matthew 11:28 

All year long, families with a disabled child live on the edge of exhaustion. There are sleepless nights… endless medical appointments… challenges at school… financial pressures. Caring for their loved one demands every resource, and is non-stop 24/7 care.  

Families affected by disability desperately need a place where they can let down their guard and breathe in God’s renewing presence. They’re hungry for spiritual encouragement and heart-to-heart connection with others who experience the...

Finding Community at Family Retreat

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 21, 2018
  • International Family Retreat

Here at Joni and Friends, we love hearing about how Family Retreat brings transformational love to families affected by disability. Parents of children with special needs often arrive feeling exhausted, discouraged and alone. Through the work of our amazing short-term missionaries (STMs) and the presence of the Holy Spirit, every family goes home feeling refreshed and part of an accepting community of believers.

For our international families, Joni and Friends International Family Retreat is a place that they find a safe haven where they are accepted by their peers, gain a supportive community, and often, for the first time, experience the love of the Lord...

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