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Joni and Friends Ministry Podcast

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We're answering real questions about disability and sharing hope through hardship. Whether you are personally impacted by disability or you‘re looking for practical ways to include someone with special needs in your community or church, you are not alone! Join Crystal Keating each Thursday to hear from a special guest who has encountered real challenges and persevered. Each episode provides honest stories of hope, practical advice, and encouragement as you face your own challenges. Subscribe and be inspired! Find all resources mentioned on the podcast at www.joniandfriends.org/podcast. Joni and Friends was founded by Joni Eareckson Tada who in a diving accident was left a quadriplegic at 17 years old. Over the past 40 years, the ministry has grown to serve thousands of people impacted by disability worldwide through Wheels for the World, Family Retreats, the Christian Institute on Disability, and television and radio programs. Get involved at www.joniandfriends.org.

We're answering real questions about disability and sharing hope through hardship. Whether you are personally impacted by disability or you‘re looking for practical ways to include someone with special needs in your community or church, you are not alone! Join Crystal Keating each Thursday to hear from a special guest who has encountered real challenges and persevered. Each episode provides honest stories of hope, practical advice, and encouragement as you face your own challenges. Subscribe and be inspired! Find all resources mentioned on the podcast at www.joniandfriends.org/podcast. Joni and Friends was founded by Joni Eareckson Tada who in a diving accident was left a quadriplegic at 17 years old. Over the past 40 years, the ministry has grown to serve thousands of people impacted by disability worldwide through Wheels for the World, Family Retreats, the Christian Institute on Disability, and television and radio programs. Get involved at www.joniandfriends.org.

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United States

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We're answering real questions about disability and sharing hope through hardship. Whether you are personally impacted by disability or you‘re looking for practical ways to include someone with special needs in your community or church, you are not alone! Join Crystal Keating each Thursday to hear from a special guest who has encountered real challenges and persevered. Each episode provides honest stories of hope, practical advice, and encouragement as you face your own challenges. Subscribe and be inspired! Find all resources mentioned on the podcast at www.joniandfriends.org/podcast. Joni and Friends was founded by Joni Eareckson Tada who in a diving accident was left a quadriplegic at 17 years old. Over the past 40 years, the ministry has grown to serve thousands of people impacted by disability worldwide through Wheels for the World, Family Retreats, the Christian Institute on Disability, and television and radio programs. Get involved at www.joniandfriends.org.

Language:

English

Contact:

818-319-2261


Episodes

How to Be More Inclusive – Joshua Fast

9/17/2020
“If you want to understand how to be more inclusive, get to know someone with disabilities. Get out of your comfort zone.” Last week on the podcast, Joshua Fast shared about raising Malakai, his 6-year old son who was born prematurely and diagnosed with myotonic dystrophy and cerebral palsy. But for Joshua and his wife Nicole, it was during Malakai’s 4-month hospital stay that they saw their church community come around them to provide the life-giving support that strengthened the Fasts as...

Duration:00:27:01

An Unplanned Journey – Joshua Fast

9/10/2020
When Joshua and Nicole Fast became pregnant with their son Malakai, they were thrilled to be growing their family. But when Malakai was born prematurely and diagnosed with myotonic dystrophy and cerebral palsy, they struggled to understand what life would look like for their son and their family. “What are we going to do?” Today on the podcast, Crystal is talking with Joshua about the joy that Malakai has brought to their family and how their struggles have taught the Fasts lessons that...

Duration:00:34:48

How Does Fear Affect Your Body? – Dr. Sam Kojoglanian

9/3/2020
“You may think, ‘I’m ok. I’m going to sit here and watch the news over and over again,” but it’s affecting your entire body… When our spirit dips into God’s Word, it redirects the mind and the body; there is calmness, goodness, peace, and even health.” Did you know that fear can impact your whole body? What you think and what you speak can actually alter your body physiologically. So, what are the effects of living in a prolonged season of uncertainty, stress, and anxiety as we face...

Duration:00:29:13

Patience That Leads to Perseverance – Joni Eareckson Tada

8/27/2020
“Perseverance is so key. It means staying the course, not deviating, holding fast…and especially remaining patient. Patience over time leads to perseverance. And perseverance leads to character.” When it comes to character-building, wouldn’t we all love to have a quick fix? But that’s not the way God works. It is a slow process. Through a series of small victories in suffering, our perseverance is strengthened and character is built. Today on the podcast Crystal is sitting down with Joni...

Duration:00:27:01

Thriving with Spinal Muscular Atrophy during COVID-19 – Tracey Motoda

8/20/2020
“We have the hope of heaven, something bigger… so we don’t grieve and sit in fear. We refocus our hearts on God and what he has promised us.” August is Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Awareness Month! Today on the podcast Crystal is talking with her good friend, Tracey Motoda, about SMA and how this rare genetic disease impacts Tracey’s everyday life. During these past few months of uncertainty, Joni and Friends has heard from many people with disabilities who are experiencing heightened...

Duration:00:30:04

How Vulnerability Builds Community When You are Living with Invisible Chronic Illness – Kimberli West

8/13/2020
“You may feel alone, like you shouldn’t talk about what is going on, but the worst thing you can do it isolate yourself… When you’re honest and vulnerable, it’s incredible how many places it will take you.” Last week on the podcast, Kimberli West talked about her unexpected battle with invisible chronic illness and how she’s seen God’s hand at work in her hardship. As a young woman with an on-the-go lifestyle, Kimberli had ignored her symptoms until she ended up passed out in the emergency...

Duration:00:31:23

Thriving with Invisible Chronic Illness – Kimberli West

8/6/2020
“I used to say to God, ‘Why me? Why did this happen to me?’ as most people do, but now I have changed that to ‘Why did he choose this for my life to live out his purpose? Why am I special?’” Kimberli West was young and always on the go until unexpected illness completely changed her life. After ignoring her subtle symptoms, Kimberli passed out at the emergency room where she was diagnosed with severe ulcerative colitis, inflammatory joint disease, and chronic anemia. But at barely 30 years...

Duration:00:35:42

A Deeper Healing – Joni Eareckson Tada

7/30/2020
“God has taught me that he wants to display his power in my life in far more glorious ways than if I were to jump out of this wheelchair.” -Joni Eareckson Tada Today marks an extraordinary anniversary for Joni Eareckson Tada: 53 years since she took a dive that redirected the course of her life. Becoming a quadriplegic without the use of her hands at age 17 brought unexpected struggles… a battle with depression, suicidal thoughts, and desperate prayers for healing. Do I not have enough...

Duration:00:29:16

How to Become a More Accessible Church – Bret Welshymer and Ryan Faulk

7/23/2020
“On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable…” –1 Corinthians 12:22 Do you have a plan for welcoming and including any person that comes through the door of your church? Today on the podcast, Crystal is joined by Bret Welshymer and Ryan Faulk to talk about how we can each be the heart and hands of Jesus to people who are marginalized because of a disability or chronic health issue. So often, barriers that prevent everyone from feeling welcomed are...

Duration:00:31:57

Why Giving is the Good Life – Randy Alcorn

7/16/2020
“To open up your hands and freely give to help others is the key to a happy life.” Is it possible to live a life that pleases God and helps others, but is also the best for us? Last week on the podcast, Crystal was joined by Randy Alcorn for an insightful time of Q&A about heaven. Today Randy is back on the show to talk about generosity and the contagious gladness of giving. As we face uncertain times, it can be easy to focus on our challenges and overlook God’s provision as the ultimate...

Duration:00:22:37

Questions and Answers About Heaven – Randy Alcorn

7/9/2020
We all have questions and speculations about what heaven will be like, but what does the Bible really have to say about eternity? Does scripture tell us what we will do there, or provide answers to heart-wrenching questions such as what happens to a believer who commits suicide or where do babies go when they die? Today on the podcast Crystal is joined by Dr. Randy Alcorn, founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries and the author of more than 60 books, for an insightful time of...

Duration:00:32:00

Building a Strong Marriage Under the Weight of Caregiving – Jim and Deanna Achilles

7/2/2020
“The fight for time for each other was almost impossible to win. And it just kept getting more difficult with time.” –Jim Achilles How do you prioritize your marriage when you're managing the life and death care of a terminally ill child? Last week on the podcast, Crystal talked with Jim and Deanna Achilles about raising Ryn, their daughter who has lived with a terminal diagnosis of A-T for 20 years. As Ryn has faced diabetes, cancer, and other major health challenges associated with A-T,...

Duration:00:29:47

Parenting a Child with a Terminal Diagnosis – Jim and Deanna Achilles

6/25/2020
When Jim and Deanna Achilles’ daughter was diagnosed with the progressive disease Ataxia-Telangiectasia (A-T) at 8 years old, they received heartbreaking news: there is no cure. With no way to stop degeneration, Jim and Deanna were introduced to disability and left walking the line between life and death. Two decades later, Ryn Achilles has outlived doctors’ predictions and is now 28 years old. But A-T has been unrelenting. Today on the podcast, Jim and Deanna are talking openly about the...

Duration:00:33:33

A Father's Encouragement – David Smith

6/18/2020
“Dads really need men to walk shoulder to shoulder with them and say, ‘I am here for you. You can be vulnerable with me. It’s ok to not always be strong. I am here to help.’” This week on the podcast, David Smith is joining Crystal to share his story and a powerful word of encouragement to other special needs dads. As a dedicated pastor and husband, David – like many men – saw himself as a ‘fixer.’ When he and his wife Heather decided to start a family, they followed God’s call to adopt...

Duration:00:50:34

A Biblical Understanding of Justice for the Oppressed – Pastor Kempton Turner

6/11/2020
“A great definition of justice is love in action… Real love takes action. Real love touches hurting people.” What does the Bible have to say about God’s heart for the oppressed? Is there instruction for how we should respond in the face of injustice? In Micah 6:8 we read, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Today on the podcast, Crystal has invited Pastor Kempton Turner,...

Duration:00:34:39

Inclusion for Individuals with Special Needs – Dr. Rebekah Dyer

5/28/2020
“Many families of children with disabilities seek support from a faith community more than anything else in their community. Their priority in seeking a church is not always a place where they feel they can grow spiritually, but rather a place that will accept their child.” –Dr. Rebekah Dyer As regions of the United States begin lifting social distancing restrictions, we all have an opportunity to rethink how we connect with one another. Are we really offering an inclusive environment at...

Duration:00:26:02

The Ups and Downs of Marriage Through Disability and Loss – John and Sue Meyer

5/21/2020
“Why us? We don’t know what the future holds, but to know that we as a couple have been there and lost a child, and are we’re still functioning… to carry that with us is not just Rachel’s legacy, but it’s a legacy of God’s ministry in our lives.” Journeying together through ministry, disability and loss, John and Sue Meyer have found themselves in a “new normal” at different points of their marriage. But with each new challenge, they have clung to Christ as their foundation and...

Duration:00:45:45

A Quarantined Caregiver – Sib Charles

5/14/2020
“The Lord is teaching me so much. I feel like this is a chance for a reset on so many levels… What really matters is being at peace with my husband, myself, and most importantly my God.” As we continue in this time of unexpected isolation and social distancing, many people who serve in caregiving roles are feeling a new weight of responsibility. To protect the health of their loved ones, family caregivers who typically rely on help from outside the home have had to quickly move into the...

Duration:00:25:02

National Day of Prayer

5/7/2020
Today is National Day of Prayer. During this unprecedented time, aren’t we recognizing our dependence on God and how important it is cry out to Him in our time of need? The theme for this year’s observance is taken from Habakkuk 2:14, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” With so many people facing fear and isolation, we have an opportunity to join our voices together and call upon the name of the Lord. On this special episode...

Duration:00:26:48

Coping in Community Instead of Suffering in Silence – Daryl McKillian

4/30/2020
“In order to bear God’s image, we need relationships and community.” As we continue into this unprecedented time of shelter at home, isolation and loneliness have become a common experience. But the past few weeks have also offered a new understanding of what it means for someone to be homebound and feel disconnected. Now, more than ever, we are recognizing how vital it is to cope in community instead of suffer in silence. So what are some of the barriers that keep us from being transparent...

Duration:00:37:57