Joni and Friends Ministry Podcast

Joni and Friends Ministry Podcast

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We’re answering real questions about disability. Whether you are personally impacted by disability or you‘re looking for practical ways to include someone with special needs in your church or community, you are not alone! Each week, host Crystal Keating sits down with a special guest or ministry expert to hear real stories, share honest conversation about challenges, and explore creative ways that you can welcome and embrace people impacted by disability in your life and your church. Subscribe today! Find all resources mentioned on the podcast at www.joniandfriends.org/podcast Joni and Friends was founded in 1979 by Joni Eareckson Tada who in a diving accident was left a quadriplegic at 17 years old. Ministry began as Tada, joined by friends around her kitchen table, responded to letters she received from people with disabilities in search of support. Over the past 40 years, the ministry has grown to serve thousands of people impacted by disability worldwide: Joni and Friends has delivered 150,000 wheelch


An Even Better Identity – Doug Mazza
Jun 13 • 34 min
No father is ever prepared to hear that his child will be born with a disability. This unexpected reality can lead to confusion or even anger, but it can also change the direction of a father’s life and his family. This week on a special Father’s Day…
Coping with Grief and Loss - Halley Mastrolonardo
Jun 6 • 46 min
Whether it’s the result of an unexpected diagnosis, a life-changing disability, the end of a marriage, or the loss of a loved one, grief can arrive suddenly… and it can take up residence without an invitation. Although we will all encounter loss and grief…
Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month - Chris Pearson
May 30 • 26 min
Did you know that Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month is May 15 - June 15? Tourette syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary tics and vocalizations… and it’s a disability that’s not always discussed. This week, Crystal has invited…
Bringing Hope to Haiti - Mike Gaura and Chris Pearson
May 23 • 39 min
In Luke 14, we are called to go out quickly into the streets and alleys to bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame. Sometimes that can mean stepping far outside of your comfort zone to reach people with disabilities living in extreme…
“Don’t Miss This Slice of Heaven” - Arielle Mitchell and Jase Magarifuji
May 16 • 40 min
Many weeks of the year, families impacted by disability can struggle with isolation and acceptance, they can feel worn down by routine appointments and the daily needs of life with a disability. But each summer, there is a place for families with special…
The Importance of Community - Cynthia Berry
May 9 • 34 min
No one is an island. We all need community. And for a family impacted by disability, having a community of support to share encouragement and help meet real needs can change everything. On today’s Mother’s Day episode of the Joni and Friends Ministry…
The Lionheart Spirit: Redemption and Hope - David Francisco and Kristi Platillero
May 2 • 34 min
When disability strikes unexpectedly and the plans you’ve made for your life are suddenly interrupted, how do you hold on to hope? Where do you find courage to face your new reality? Three years ago, while musician David Francisco was riding his bike, he…
Starting a Buddy Ministry - Candy Nixon and Sib Charles
Apr 25 • 24 min
If you are looking for how to welcome families impacted by disability in your church, creating a buddy ministry is one of the best ways to begin! A buddy ministry is more than a program, it’s about building relationships. And serving as a buddy to an…
Engaging Volunteers at Your Church – Bret Welshymer and Lauren Garner
Apr 18 • 24 min
“People are people and everybody has a place in the church family. When you get to know somebody, you can help them to be a part of the family. If you never take the time to get to know them, that’s not going to happen.” -Bret Welshymer Everyone who comes…
Invisible Disabilities: Fibromyalgia - Hallie Sheaffer
Apr 11 • 40 min
“For a lot of people who deal with chronic pain it’s like constantly walking in a state of storm… and for someone who only sees sunshine and clear skies, they can’t even comprehend that it’s storming.” Not all disabilities are visible. While on the…
Finding Courage When There Are No Answers: A Father’s Perspective - Steve Bundy
Apr 4 • 49 min
Like most parents, Steve Bundy was not expecting his child to be born with a disability. Following Caleb’s diagnosis of partial chromosome deletion, Steve felt so alone – he didn’t know where to turn or who would understand. On this week’s episode, he…
How to Plan a Respite Event for Families Impacted by Disability - Gina Spivey and Bret Welshymer
Mar 28 • 34 min
“Respite is for the parents and for the kids. It’s for the whole family to really have an opportunity to just come to a church and know that the church genuinely wants them to be there.” -Gina Spivey, Disability Ministry Leader Families or caregivers who…
An Unexpected Diagnosis: Moving from Fear to Hope - World Down Syndrome Day with Shauna Amick
Mar 21 • 51 min
When Shauna arrived at the doctor’s office for her four-month ultrasound, the question on her mind was what color to paint the nursery. But after an unexpected diagnosis of Down syndrome, she and her husband left with more questions than answers. “I…
Steps You Can Take to Include People with Disabilities in Your Church - Liz Babbitt and Lauren Garner
Mar 14 • 32 min
One of the places where families impacted by disability should feel most welcomed is at church. But when it comes to building an inclusive environment, people and churches often struggle with where to begin. Today on the podcast, Crystal talks with two…
You Can Help Solve the Global Mobility Crisis Right from Your Community - Wheelchair Collection Month with Elizabeth Kelly
Mar 7 • 22 min
More than 70 million people around the world are in need of a wheelchair, but only 10% have access to one.* During March, Joni and Friends is celebrating Wheelchair Collection Month to bring awareness to this need and help solve the global mobility…
Mutual Friendship When Disability is Involved - How to move from just ministering to someone to doing life together
Feb 28 • 29 min
There’s a difference between ministering to someone who has a disability and really doing life with them. While barriers like staircases and narrow doorways may keep someone with a physical disability from entering a space, there are other barriers that…
How Disability Impacts Everyone in the Family - Sib Charles and Candy Nixon share practical ways you can provide support
Feb 21 • 29 min
You don’t really know a person until you’ve heard their story. For so many families impacted by disability, that story includes unique challenges and demands that can be exhausting and relentless. Responsibilities are often 24/7 in order to meet the needs…
Love, Marriage, and Disability - Real conversation with Kevin and Jamie Stark
Feb 14 • 54 min
In the middle of his successful career in the biotech industry, Kevin Stark unexpectedly became a quadriplegic. A few years later, he met his lovely wife, Jamie, and they fell in love. On this special Valentine’s Day episode of the Joni and Friends…
Disability Etiquette with Tracey Motoda and Scott Bankhead (Part 2) - Breaking down visible and invisible barriers
Feb 7 • 26 min
Walking a mile in someone’s shoes is a great way to understand their personal struggles and perspectives. While Tracey Motoda and Scott Bankhead don’t put that much wear on their actual shoes (they are both wheelchair users), we can certainly gain a lot…
Disability Etiquette with Tracey Motoda and Scott Bankhead (Part 1) - How to build genuine friendships with people impacted by disability
Jan 31 • 28 min
Do you have questions about disability etiquette? You may have heard the “do’s and don’ts” of communication and interaction, but what is someone with a disability really looking for? In part 1 of our Crystal’s conversation about disability etiquette, she…
Bonus - Joni Eareckson Tada, Nick Vujicic, and Katherine Wolf on sanctity of life and what determines a person’s value
Jan 29 • 36 min
How do you respond to those who believe some lives are just not worth living? In this bonus episode, Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder of Joni and Friends and a 51-year veteran of life in a wheelchair joins Nick Vujicic, Founder of Life Without Limbs, and…
Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder of Joni and Friends, on 40 years of ministry, cancer, and creative ways the church can include all people regardless of ability
Jan 24 • 31 min
For our first episode, host Crystal Keating sits down with Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder and CEO of Joni and Friends, to talk about insights Joni’s gained from 51 years as a quadriplegic in a wheelchair and 40 years of leading a growing ministry for people…
Joni and Friends Ministry Podcast Teaser
Jan 23 • 3 min
On the new Joni and Friends Ministry Podcast, we’re answering real questions about disability. Each week, host Crystal Keating is sitting down with a special guest or ministry expert to explore creative and practical ways to embrace and include people…