June 2016

Because He Lives (Paul Buursma)

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 27, 2016
  • Joni's Posts, Radio, Video Archives

Paul BuursmaYears ago, back in 1998, I met a little boy with cerebral palsy named Paul Buursma at one of our Joni and Friends’ Family Retreats. He had a smattering of freckles, shiny blonde hair, and the biggest smile I’d ever seen. He also had many physical complications related to his cerebral palsy, all of which required non-stop 24/7 care from his parents, Dirk and Harriet. His siblings, Abby and Nate, also helped out.

That Retreat was such a huge blessing to this family...

Leaves and Everglades Art Prints

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 27, 2016
  • Joni's Artwork, What's New in Our Store

Art PrintsThese brand-new art prints feature two of Joni’s most popular artworks. The Leaves print is from an oil rendering of delicate leaves and features vibrant yellow, orange and burgundy colors...

Join Joni in the Studio on Facebook Live!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 25, 2016
  • Radio

Joni in the StudioHave you ever wondered what a day in the recording studio is like for Joni? This week, live on Facebook, you can go behind the scenes with Joni as she records Joni and Friends radio programs! All you have to do is visit Joni’s Facebook page on Wednesday, June 29th at 10:00am PST to watch as Joni broadcasts live from the recording...

Joni and Friends Releases Third Free Irresistible Church E-book: "Engaging Game Changers"

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 23, 2016
  • In the Media

Engaging Game ChangersThe third book to launch in our Irresistible Church series, “Engaging Game Changers,” is aimed at helping churches recruit, train and coach volunteers who can make a true difference in disability ministry. The book is available as a free Kindle download on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and other online bookstores.

The first book in the series, “Start with Hello,” quickly shot to #1 in the social issues and special needs category on Amazon, showing the need for individuals and...

Hope Overflowing: 100,000 by 2020

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 22, 2016
  • International, Wheels For The World

Hope OverflowingFive-year-old Ebenezer was the recipient of the 100,000th wheelchair in 2014 in Ghana. Since February 2015, we’ve delivered some 26,000 wheelchairs with your prayers and support and we’re right on track to meet the goal of sending 100,000 wheelchairs by 2020 through Wheels for the World!

Learn more and watch a video from the day Ebenezer’s life changed forever!

10 Ways to Care for Your Caregiver

Joni and KenCaregivers are often the silent soldiers when it comes to taking care of the daily needs of someone with an illness or disability. Whether they are relatives, friends, or professionals, it’s always a good idea to show them how much they are appreciated. Here are 10 ways you can do that today...

Because of You...Thousands Receive Christ Worldwide!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 16, 2016
  • International, Wheels For The World

boy receives wheelchairGod is using you to open people’s hearts to the Gospel like never before! The wheelchair and Bible you send change everything. Because of your prayers and faithful support, many children with disabilities will receive Bibles, wheelchairs, and God’s love…the greatest gift of all.

Urgent Prayer Request for Ghana

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 13, 2016
  • Joni's Posts, International Family Retreat

Ghana IFRI just learned of an urgent prayer request regarding our upcoming International Family Retreat in Ghana – yesterday a violent storm hit Cape Coast destroying homes and property. Roofs were blown off and there is a lot of water damage. Cape Coast is where we are planning to have our International Family Retreat. I have personally been to Ghana and I know the needs among special needs families are great - this retreat would bring so much to them including the gospel of Christ. With the retreat only...

9 Tips for Babysitting Kids with Disabilities

BabysitterWith summer around the corner, we know that parents will be looking for babysitters! Are you looking for a resource to share with someone who might be willing to babysit your child? Or would you like to help out your neighbor who has a child with special needs, but you don’t feel qualified?

We Need Your Help at Family Retreat!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 9, 2016
  • Family Retreats

Castaway ClubFamily Retreat season is here and we need your help! The success of any Joni and Friends Family Retreat depends largely on having enough 'helping hands' to serve the special needs families who attend. This year, most of our Family Retreats filled up very quickly with families – but we don't have...

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