Joni and Friends

I am spending my summer interning with an international disability organization called Joni and Friends.  If you have never heard of this ministry, I would strongly urge you to check it out at www.joniandfriends.com.  It is an incredible organization founded by Joni Eareckson Tada and I am so honored to be able to be a part of it for three months.  Joni was in a diving accident when she was seventeen years old and broke her neck, which led her to spend the rest of her life as a quadriplegic.  After struggling with depression and dark times, she finally gave her life up to the Lord to serve Him.  She is now an influential speaker, an advocate for the disabled, and devotes her life seeking to fulfill the Luke 14 mandate.  I cannot speak enough on how much this organization means to me and the ways God has used it in my life.  I am now interning with Cause 4 Life (check it out on the website too) for my second summer.  While I am here, Joni and Friends pours into me so much and really seeks to further God’s Kingdom through everyone that works here.  You do not spend your internships just filing papers and doing a plethora of menial tasks.  Rather, you devote yourself to serving with this ministry and reap more blessings than you could number.  Cause 4 Life has often been used to redirect people’s lives, draw them closer to their Savior, show them the beauty and diversity of God’s Kingdom, and cause them to go out wanting to do more.  These are things that are not found in many other places.  And this is another reason why I know that God has blessed disability ministry… He is doing more with it than we could ever imagine.  Disability ministry touches more than just the disabled and their families; it drives the workers and volunteers to the cross.  Joni and Friends truly has the hand of God upon them as they serve in many countries abroad and across our nation.

“‘When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you and you be repaid.  But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you.  For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.’”

Luke 14:12-14

 

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