The Wonder of JAF's Wounded Warrior Getaways

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 31, 2011
  • Family Retreats

We just completed this year's Getaway for Marines at Murrieta Hot Springs, CA. The first day? Imagine hard-as-steel Marines and their families from Camp Pendleton arriving, reserved, a little stiff, and wondering, What have we gotten ourselves into?! Next, picture them being flooded with four days of slam-dunk fun and feasting, hot-air ballooning, rock wall climbing, a carnival, spa treatments for the wives, a 'patriotic' barbecue, campfire with s'mores, games-parties-prizes for the children, stirring speakers and heartwarming times around God's Word with awesome music. On Sunday afternoon, the closing day, Marine Corps Chaplain Ron Newhouse pointed these men, wives and children to Jesus Christ – afterward, at the sharing time, every steel-hard heart had softened and tears of gratitude and repentance flowed as couples wrapped their arms around one another. All the evaluation forms rated the WWG as “excellent,” and one Marine wrote, “I have become a better man, husband, father, brother, son, Marine, Christian since I attended your retreat.” Our hats off to the Chaplaincy Office at Camp Pendleton, as well as our hard-working Joni and Friends team for making it happen… all to the glory of God!


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I can hardly wait to volunteer!!
  • Sept. 26, 2012
  • 3:03 p.m.
  • Patricia Tuck
I love reading things like this. Thanks, Joni and Friends, for working so hard to show our veterans how much they are appreciated. And extending the gratitude to their families is extra nice!! I sell homes to many active duty and retired military folks and they truly are special people! God bless the and keep them safe.
  • Jan. 16, 2012
  • 2:15 p.m.
  • Diane Rogers
Hi! I just wanted to stop by and say what an AMAZING privilege it was to be a part of the W.W.G. I was so encouraged and blessed to be there. The Lord helped me see that I can STILL serve him and be used by him regardless of my disability. I was sad to leave on Sunday and miss everyone so much all ready. Hope there will be more Getaways in the future.
  • Nov. 2, 2011
  • 8:20 p.m.
  • Melody Navarro
What a phenomenonal investment in the lives of these families of those who have given so much in service to our country! The ripple effects of what transpired in hearts over the weekend will be immeasurable. I am so thankful for the planning and quality efforts that went into executing this time! Praise God for the results as you've made impacts of eternal significance!
  • Nov. 2, 2011
  • 2:31 p.m.
  • Dr. Angela
What a great tribute to you all for being so hard working but putting Jesus first .so that others can see Him through all of you . well done everyone of you Yours in the Lord Muriel xx
  • Nov. 1, 2011
  • 9:54 a.m.
  • Muriel Annett
My husband being a former Marine always leaves a very soft place in my heart for our soldiers, especially those who have given their lives or suffered sacrifices beyond our comprehension, as well as their families. I am so thankful to God for Joni and Friends for their faithful ministry to our countries heroes.
  • Oct. 31, 2011
  • 1:50 p.m.
  • Lane Estep