iamviable campaign #276

Doug Goddard and his wife, Leanne have their own non-profit called, "Access-Life". Read a little bit about it here: We at Access-Life are all about BRIDGING THE GAP between individuals and families affected by disabilities and Christ honoring churches, organizations and people through wholesome and fun events and activities! We love seeing someone with a disability do something they never thought was possible, a parent of a child with special needs get a chance to catch their breath and be renewed and even siblings of folks with disabilities receive a little special attention - all in ...[Read more]

iamviable campaign #267

  Imagine getting through your busy day without hands or feet. Picture your life without the ability to walk, care for your basic needs, or even embrace those you love. Hi, my name is Nicholas Vujicic (pronounced VOO-yee-cheech). Without any medical explanation or warning, I was born in 1982 in Brisbane, Australia, without arms and legs. Three sonograms failed to reveal complications. And yet, my family was destined to cope with both the challenge and blessing of raising a son who refused to allow his physical condition to limit his lifestyle.     The early days ...[Read more]

Peru- Loving Families Touched by Disability

As I sit and reflect on our trip to Peru, I am once again amazed at the way we saw God move among us, answering prayers, changing hearts, providing all that we could ever ask for and more. This is something that never seems to grow old, never loses the incredible impact that it has on my life each time I am able to participate in a Family Retreat. Our time began with an Architects Conference at the University in Lima. About 40 students gathered to listen to local speakers as well as those representing Joni and Friends, discussing the need for wheelchair accessibility in Peru. Three out of our ...[Read more]

iamviable campaign #219

Christian was born with a Tessier Cleft Lip and Palate which caused his eyes to cleft. He has had a surgery to close the cleft lip, and will require many more surgeries to repair the palate. He is such a happy and healthy little boy and he is so spoiled and so loved! He inspires people every day, and beams with the love of God.     iamviable update 5/19/12 - Many have written and asked for more information about Christian and his mom Lacey. They have been overwhelmed by the positive response to the above video that went viral on Godvine and has received more that 8 ...[Read more]

ryan haack- how to survive being stared at

Sometime ago, I came across a blog by Ryan Haack entitled, “Ryan Does Stuff.”  I love Ryan’s perspective on life and knew that his writing would encourage many others. So, let me introduce to you, Ryan Haack and share his blog that first caught my attention: I’m Ryan. I’m a husband, a father, a pastor, and a writer. One thing you should know is that I was born with one full arm. A couple years ago I “broke the hell out of” the shorter one (doctor’s words), so now I have a long scar that leads to the plate and seven screws that are holding it together. When people ask about the scar I get to ...[Read more]

through christina- a special mother is born

A beautiful reader submitted story about God's plan to use a daughter with Down Syndrome to opened the eyes of this mother's heart. Submitted by Leticia a special mother is born “God would never send us a special child,” I mused, caressing my pregnant belly, “our marriage isn’t strong enough.” I was deliriously happy to be pregnant at 39, for three of my five pregnancies had ended in miscarriage, and my younger daughter, Isabella, was an independent four year old. Last summer, I had returned from a homeschool conference with an aching heart, longing for a translucent-skinned newborn ...[Read more]

chrissy- it could happen to you

I met a friend of mine, Catherine and her daughter, Chrissy through Joni and Friends Family Retreats. Catherine is taking an online class and her classroom discussions are done via conversations online. The whole class can read and respond to anything another has said. Everyone responds to whatever topic is posted by an individual in the class. The topic of one particular discussion was Disability. Catherine shared with me where the conversation went and how she handled it. Her heart-felt response was one that truly touched me, one that needs to be shared: One of the themes in this ...[Read more]