Wednesday, July 30, 2008

International Disability Center

From Noel:
A few months ago, Talitha and I visited the Joni and Friends International Disability Center in Agoura Hills, California. This is the hub for the variety of ministries spreading out from JAF--family retreats, wheelchair outreach, radio ministry, church relations, visitation, disabilities awareness curriculum, daily devotions, and connection with the JAF field ministries scattered around the country. There also is a new TV program.

It's hard to take it in--how many kinds of activities spring from this center. So I think I'll focus on some ministries individually in future blogs.

In the meantime, this video highlights the Christian Institute on Disability, one of the key ministries of the Center, offering education and internships for this purpose: "To Impact the Church, Christian and public institutions and societies with a biblical worldview and life-giving Truth on issues pertaining to life, dignity, justice and equality that affect people with disabilities."


Danielle said...

i think i should make matching shirts for you two that say "let the nations be glad."

this ministry in california is really inspiring.

rosemary said...

Because we have a son (now an adult) with congenital brain damage, my husband and I well know the difficulty of finding a welcoming place for him in the church. Our experience is that at this point it doesn't exist. Extremely sad, indeed. May God bless the work of Joni and Friends, and may churches catch on and extend godly welcome to folks like my son.

Anonymous said...

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