150 episodes

Join Crystal Keating each Thursday for an encouraging conversation about finding hope through your hardships, as well as practical ways to include people with disabilities in your church and community.

Joni and Friends envisions a world where every person with a disability finds hope, dignity, and their place in the body of Christ. Join us in answering the call in Luke 14:21-23... until his house is full!

Joni and Friends Ministry Podcast Joni and Friends

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 187 Ratings

Join Crystal Keating each Thursday for an encouraging conversation about finding hope through your hardships, as well as practical ways to include people with disabilities in your church and community.

Joni and Friends envisions a world where every person with a disability finds hope, dignity, and their place in the body of Christ. Join us in answering the call in Luke 14:21-23... until his house is full!

    God’s Power in Weakness—A Message from Joni Eareckson Tada

    God’s Power in Weakness—A Message from Joni Eareckson Tada

    When a diving accident left Joni Eareckson Tada with quadriplegia at 17, she felt like her life was over. She couldn’t fathom what good her life could be without legs that walked or hands that worked. She couldn’t imagine that God had good purposes in store for her. She certainly didn’t expect her suffering to sow the seeds of an international disability ministry. Looking back on 55 years in a wheelchair, Joni reflects on the Lord’s faithfulness amid her adversity. She shares how trusting God through hardship has given her strength to not only persevere but live with hope and joy!

    • 9 min
    Purpose, Identity, and Diversity in the Church – Dr. Lamar Hardwick

    Purpose, Identity, and Diversity in the Church – Dr. Lamar Hardwick

    Since his diagnosis with autism at age 36, “The Autism Pastor,” Dr. Lamar Hardwick has been a disability advocate, writing and speaking about autism awareness and inclusion. He returns to the podcast to talk about finding purpose and identity in Christ, and the importance of diversity and true inclusion in the church—all through the lens of disability.

    • 26 min
    Meet “The Autism Pastor,” Dr. Lamar Hardwick

    Meet “The Autism Pastor,” Dr. Lamar Hardwick

    Some people call Dr. Lamar Hardwick "the autism pastor." In 2014, after decades of silently struggling with social anxiety, sensory processing disorder, and a host of other significant issues Dr. Lamar was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Since his diagnosis at the age of 36, Dr. Hardwick has become a disability advocate, writing and speaking about autism awareness and inclusion. He joins the podcast to talk about his life and faith, and how his autism diagnosis helped him understand why he felt different and like an outsider for most of his life.

    • 32 min
    Community: A Key to Hope for Families Living with Disability – Leisa Williams

    Community: A Key to Hope for Families Living with Disability – Leisa Williams

    When Leisa William learned that her son, Justin, had autism, her hopes and dreams got sidelined. At first, the burdens of disability—constant demands, exhaustion, and nagging grief—made Leisa want to withdraw from Christian community. Now, 20 years into living with disability, Leisa shares the importance of HOPE: Having Other People Engaged. She relates her experience of accepting the reality of disability in her family and learning to embrace community, especially when life gets hard.

    • 17 min
    Hope Wins: Don’t Let Disability Steal Your Hope – Leisa Williams

    Hope Wins: Don’t Let Disability Steal Your Hope – Leisa Williams

    Leisa Williams is a special needs mother with a passion for the wellbeing of families like hers, who lovingly care for their children with disabilities. When doctors predicted that her son, Justin, diagnosed with autism, would never speak or progress beyond the capacity of a toddler, Leisa and her family were thrown into turmoil. With hopes sidelined, toxic relational patterns forming, and endless unforeseen responsibilities and struggles adding pressure on all sides, Leisa and her family eventually fell to their knees before the Lord.

    Leisa joins the podcast to talk about her experience with disability, hard-fought faith, and hope that comes from trusting God and remaining connected to the body of Christ, especially when life gets hard.

    • 24 min
    Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: Finding God’s Gifts Amid Suffering – Darci Steiner

    Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: Finding God’s Gifts Amid Suffering – Darci Steiner

    Over twenty years ago, a fall down the stairs changed Darci Steiner’s life. The ankle injury Darci suffered from her fall triggered a debilitating condition called complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), which causes acute and chronic pain. Darci joins Crystal Keating to share her story and to encourage anyone with chronic pain or suffering. She points to the powerful gifts God provides amid suffering: perseverance, courage, and direction when you feel like you can’t go on.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
187 Ratings

187 Ratings

wizardof oz ,

Including people with disability’s

Thank you for including people with disabilities. Being disabled you made me feel included.

Doodisgirl ,

Highly Recommend

For suffering Christians, there are very few resources telling us the truth of the Bible. Even for the most seasoned believer, an accident, a chronic illness, or the loss of a loved one can throw us into spiritual darkness.
Is God angry with me? Has God left me?
How do I go on?
How do I deal with this new life?
The Joni and Friends ministry has changed my thinking, my understanding of Scripture and my life as I walk through this debilitating illness.
Please listen if you’re hurting.
God Bless you.

99hokie ,

Hope for sufferers

Joni and Friends knows exactly what individuals and families with disabilities need.

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