How Special Needs Ministry Benefits Volunteers & Churches | Meet Mr. Nick
In last week’s post, I shared about how Special Needs Ministries are needed to reach the 90% of special needs families who do not attend church. Most simply can’t. I also shared a few practical ways that extended –and spiritual– family can help. You can imagine how inclusive churches and special needs ministries bless special needs families like mine. And as a Special...read more
Joni Camp STM’s: Hall of Fame (Continued)
In two earlier posts, I summarized the wonders of Joni Camp, and featured a handful of the amazing STM’s. The series continues with more STM stories from our recent June 2013 Camp. None of these STM’s were conscious of being watched. They were focused on their Camper, immersed in just serving and loving them. But many of us couldn’t help but notice these extraordinary...read more
Joni Camp STM’s (So Totally Mind-blowing)
In my previous post about Joni Camp, I mentioned the unique hallmark of JAF Family Retreat: the overwhelming love and dedication of the Short Term Missionaries (STM). In this post, I highlight just a few of these amazing servant-leaders. What’s an STM? An STM is a volunteer at the weeklong Family Retreats held by Joni and Friends. Each STM actually pays $400+...read more
Joni Camp: The Best Week of the Year!
This afternoon, we roll into the Best Week Of The Year: Family Retreat, AKA, “Joni Camp.” Camp is often described as, “heaven on earth!” But come on… How fun could it be to hang out with a bunch of other tired special needs families, who are probably as strung out from 24 x 7 caregiving, just as we are? In 2011, I...read more