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David receives a wheelchair and mobility at our Wheels for the World outreach
Joni and Friends Ministry News David laying on mattress

Just six months before our Wheels for the World™ outreach to Mexico, fourteen-year-old David spent much of his free time on the soccer field with his friends. Today he requires a feeding tube and catheter and cannot bend at his waist.

During a routine surgery on his knee, doctors allowed an unsupervised intern to administer David’s anesthesia. As a result, David lost oxygen to his brain for fourteen minutes, leaving him with irreversible brain damage. David is now non-verbal. He blinks once for “No” and twice for “Yes.”

Before David received a wheelchair, his parents Leandro and Josefina, had to carry him wherever they went. But now, with a custom-fitted wheelchair, new possibilities open for David’s family.

“May God help you help many more people. There are many more people who need you,” Josefina said.

Once David was placed in his new seat of dignity and mobility, his father looked him in the eyes and said, “I love you, David.” And David blinked twice.

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David is fitted with a wheelchair

This year in Mexico alone, Joni and Friends has distributed 723 wheelchairs, sharing the Gospel with every person and family served. And through these outreaches, 497 people have accepted the ultimate life-transforming gift: the salvation of Jesus.

Joni with Ken and young boy at Family Retreat

From Our Founder

“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.”
Romans 10:15

Dear Friend,

As I wheeled into the home for men with cerebral palsy, the chaplain welcomed me with open arms and said in a booming voice, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news! Even when those feet are paralyzed like yours, dear Joni!” I grinned and thought, now here’s a fellow who has a genuine heart for evangelism!

Most believers assume that people with disabilities are being reached with Christ’s Gospel, but sadly, it’s just not the case. Special needs families comprise some of the least-reached people in the world. But God is heaven-bent on reaching them:

"May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion!" (Psalm 20:12).

That’s why Joni and Friends steps in with practical resources, hands-on respite, and Christian love that conveys ‘you are no longer alone.’ We give wheelchairs and Bibles. We scholarship these families at our Retreats & Getaways where they hear the message of salvation in Jesus Christ… receive one-on-one counseling… become part of a caring network… and get plugged into solid churches that exalt the Word of God.

When I watch our Joni and Friends staff and volunteers bring the Light of the Gospel to disabled people here or abroad, I feel a little like that chaplain: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Your feet are beautiful, too, as you help us proclaim the Gospel and portray the love of Christ to those who need him most. Thank you for being a Gospel-investor, a kingdom-extender, and a patron of Jesus’s Good News!

In Christ,



Celebrate Joni's Birthday with Us!

Ken and Joni

On October 15, Joni will celebrate her 73rd birthday. “Every birthday is a huge gift when you’re a quadriplegic. And every year with Joni is a huge gift for me, too,” says Joni’s husband, Ken. “It’s my absolute joy to celebrate her upcoming birthday with you!”

Help us make Joni’s birthday unforgettable! For her special day, Joni is raising money to reach even more people with the love of Jesus through Joni and Friends. Help Joni meet her fundraising goal!