elizabeth- in His presence

One day, my assistant, Judy Arnold and I had a wheelchair pick up to make for Joni's ministry, Wheels for the World.  A woman had called me wanting to donate a brand new wheelchair that hadn't worked out for her.  We drove up in front of a tiny, humble home.  Our knock was met with a cheerful, "Come on in!" And so began our relationship with Elizabeth Carver-Leedy, a 34 year old woman, diagnosed 6 years before  with a brain tumor. Elizabeth grew up in a Christian home.  Her father a pastor, she was always very involved in church activities while at the same time, had a great need to feel ...[Read more]

freddie loves to worship

This last summer at camp, had by far been one of my favorites.   The Lord had begun a shift in my thinking which had began nearly eight months before.  At the Joni and Friends Retreat Forum, where staff come together to begin brain storming for the next year, someone mentioned what a mother had said at one of their camps, she said, "My daughter was born with Down Syndrome but her spirit was not." A few months later while my husband and I were attending a "Disability Summit" which trains people for disability ministries within churches, a couple were leading a group on Autism and they ...[Read more]