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We're answering real questions about disability and sharing hope through hardship. Whether you are personally impacted 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 as she sits down each week with one or two special guests who have encountered real challenges and persevered. Hear honest stories of hope, find encouragement for your own challenges, and learn how you can better embrace people impacted by disability and other chronic conditions.

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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 wheelchairs and Bibles through Wheels for the World and provided Christian care to 63,000 special needs family members through Family Retreats. The organization also equips individuals and churches with disability ministry training and provides higher education courses through the Christian Institute on Disability.

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We're answering real questions about disability and sharing hope through hardship. Whether you are personally impacted 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 as she sits down each week with one or two special guests who have encountered real challenges and persevered. Hear honest stories of hope, find encouragement for your own challenges, and learn how you can better embrace people impacted by disability and other chronic conditions.

Subscribe and be inspired!

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 wheelchairs and Bibles through Wheels for the World and provided Christian care to 63,000 special needs family members through Family Retreats. The organization also equips individuals and churches with disability ministry training and provides higher education courses through the Christian Institute on Disability.

www.joniandfriends.org

    We All Have Gifts to Share – Emily Colson

    We All Have Gifts to Share – Emily Colson

    Every person has important gifts that need to be shared with others and the church, but many families face real challenges with finding acceptance and a place to serve. Today on the podcast, Crystal is sharing a powerful message of hope from Emily Colson, daughter of the late Chuck Colson and mother to Max, her adult son who has a diagnosis of autism.

    Emily’s perfect world turned upside down following a painful divorce when Max was just a baby. As Max grew, challenges with autism became increasingly difficult for Emily…she was able to go out less and less and eventually even stopped going to church altogether. Emily never imagined that she’d be so disconnected from the spiritual life of the church because of Max’s diagnosis. But God used the words of Joni Eareckson Tada to encourage Emily’s heart: “Your church would be so blessed to have people with autism running up and down the aisles.” Emily took those words to heart and decided to find a way for her family to cross the threshold of the church. Listen as Emily shares how she ventured out in a creative way and how her church has been blessed through accepting and embracing Max as an indispensable part of the body of Christ.

    • 31 min
    A Response to Depression – Dr. Todd Stryd

    A Response to Depression – Dr. Todd Stryd

    With Christmas around the corner, does it seem like everyone else is oozing holiday cheer? While the rest of the world is wrapped in red and green, you’re the only one feeling blue? December is presented as a month of celebration and belonging – a time of happiness, when everything goes right. But so often that is not the case. For many people, the holidays intensify feelings of loneliness, grief, or depression. And instead of feeling happy, we’re reminded of the way things are not… of losses or of the things we’ve hoped for that still haven’t happened. This week on the podcast, Crystal is talking about depression with Dr. Todd Stryd, a faculty member and counseling coordinator at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation. Listen to their encouraging conversation to hear how depression is approached in Scripture and how we can respond this Christmas season.

    • 33 min
    The Impact of a Wheelchair – Jasmine and Joey Tell

    The Impact of a Wheelchair – Jasmine and Joey Tell

    Last week on the podcast, Crystal talked with Jasmine and Joey Tell, a young couple who is working to transform the lives of people impacted by disability in Thailand. Today, Jasmine and Joey are back on the show to share more about their ministry and the impact that providing a wheelchair has on a person in need of mobility, as well as their family, their community, and their church. Hear how a wheelchair given in Jesus’ name is the perfect gift – how wheelchairs are opening doors for the Gospel in Thailand.

    • 26 min
    Following God’s Call in Thailand – Jasmine and Joey Tell

    Following God’s Call in Thailand – Jasmine and Joey Tell

    It’s remarkable to see how God will use our experiences and challenges to reveal His plan and move our hearts toward His purpose. This week on the podcast, Crystal is sitting down with Jasmine and Joey Tell, a young couple with an incredible story of answering God’s call to serve people with disabilities in Thailand. Listen as they share personal stories of God’s restoration, some of the typical challenges for people with disabilities in Thailand, and how God has called them to empower the local church in disability ministry. Don’t miss this great conversation with an inspiring couple!

    • 39 min
    For Better or Worse: When Disability Challenges Your Marriage – Ken and Joni Eareckson Tada

    For Better or Worse: When Disability Challenges Your Marriage – Ken and Joni Eareckson Tada

    After 37 years of marriage, Ken and Joni Eareckson Tada know firsthand the challenges that a married couple can face when disability involved. Today on the podcast, listen as they share stories from their own relationship and how they live out their husband and wife roles in a caregiving marriage. Because caregiving is not a detour for their lives; it is the main road that God has set out for them. Listen as they share the importance of trust and communication, and offer practical advice for other couples in a caregiving marriage.

    Find a copy of Ken Tada's new minibook, For Better or for Worse, at www.joniandfriends.org/podcast.

    • 46 min
    Schizophrenia – A Personal Story

    Schizophrenia – A Personal Story

    Following Crystal’s last podcast episode featuring a conversation with Dr. Todd Stryd about caring for someone with schizophrenia, we’re sharing the personal story of a Christian woman who lives with schizophrenia. Her testimony was originally given at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation Conference in 2018 following Dr. Todd Stryd’s message on Schizophrenia, Psychosis, and Scripture – Finding Certainty in Chaos.

    Listen as she shares honestly about the confusion she faced as a young girl, the fears and uncertainties she continued to experience, and the hope she found through God’s Word. With the support of her family, her church, and a Christian counselor, she recognized that the Lord was calling her to more. Although her relationships have been challenged, the Lord has preserved them. By God’s grace, she is able to faithfully care for her two young children and her husband. Even when she is unrecognizable to herself and to others, God recognizes her, knows her intimately, and loves her. Schizophrenia cannot revoke God’s call on her life.

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

Elaycee ,

This is me, too!

It’s a beautiful thing to have someone put into words the difficult aspects of your life that you have a hard time describing in a concise, relatable way. In this podcast Hallie has done just that. It was very emotional for me to hear her describe over and over again the problems I face in my own life with chronic pain and depression that can leave me feeling lonely, misunderstood and that maybe it is, in fact, just all in my head. Her description of ‘embracing’ her situation is exactly the reality of my journey too. Once I got to that point my perspective totally changed and I was able to feel the love of God without the tinge of bitterness and resentment; the shaking my fist in His face asking Him why he allowed this. I still don’t know the whole answer as to why, but I realize I don’t have to in order to live a life of peace, knowing that God is with me and that He understands what I’m dealing with. God has also given me an amazing husband who is a gift I thank Him for every day.

Thank you, Hallie, for sharing so much of yourself in this podcast.

-Lynne

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