May 2018

Wise Singing

The other week during Sunday worship service, I was singing, “Take my voice and let me sing; always, only, for my King... Take my silver and my gold – not a mite would I withhold... Take my will and make it Thine – it shall be no longer mine...” Suddenly I was jolted, What in the world am I...

Hints of Heaven

Will heaven's ecstasy go on forever? Is it true we will never become bored? Will it really be as glorious as the Bible insists? God sprinkles hints of heaven on earth to give us an inkling -- just a small glimpse -- of how pleasurable heaven will be. I catch hints of heaven in magnificent sunsets that...

Real Families, Real Needs Facebook Giveaway!

Enter our Facebook Giveaway for your chance to win a FREE copy of our newest book, Real Families, Real Needs! When a disability diagnosis enters a family, everyone is affected – everyone’s life changes. But friend, you’re not alone. We can grow stronger together as we look to God’s Word...

Jodie's Story

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

It’s such a privilege being able to see Short Term Missionaries from Domestic Family Retreats take a leap of faith and share the gospel with families at our International Family Retreats! Jodie has been a faithful volunteer with Joni and Friends for 10 years, serving at both Spruce Lake Family Retreat...

Reckless Words

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 14, 2018
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When God created the world, He spoke it into being. When Jesus walked the earth, He spoke and the lame were healed. When Peter preached his first sermon, he spoke and thousands were gathered into the kingdom. Powerful things happen when we speak. Our words can either accomplish great good...

Happy Mother's Day!

God blessed me with the tremendous gift of growing up in a close-knit, loving family. I am so grateful to have been given such wonderful parents. As we spend this week honoring the mothers in our lives, I am thrilled to share with you about my own mom – someone incredibly special! For my mom, raising a daughter with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) must have been incredibly challenging. It was certainly not the life she had expected before she found out I was born with SMA, a progressive neuromuscular disorder.

As an infant, my mom had to watch me go through grueling tests, until, at the age of 18 months, I was diagnosed with SMA. By the time I was in kindergarten, I couldn’t walk well enough to keep up with my peers and my parents, along with my doctors, decided it was time for my first power wheelchair. I often reflect on what those first few years must have been like for my mom… all the uncertainty and newness to contend with. But...

Matching Gift Opportunity!

This month, a generous opportunity has been given to us by dear friends of the ministry! They have offered to match every dollar you give to Joni and Friends up to $350,000 from now until July 15th! Like you, these generous-hearted servants have a desire to give back to the work of the Kingdom...

Rejoice Always!

Living the Christian life is so opposite, so against the grain of our human nature. When today’s verse tells me to rejoice always, my inclination is to be glum-faced, thank you. A little bit of whining, huffing and puffing, scowling and sighing is more to my liking. But common sense warns me it will only...

Be the Hands and Feet of Jesus!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 3, 2018
  • Cause 4 Life

After going through our Beyond Suffering course and serving as a Short-Term Missionary at Family Retreat, Allison Ball learned the importance of disability ministry and transforming lives through the Gospel of Christ. So when she was given the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus...