Many of you know Joni Eareckson Tada’s ministry ‘Joni and Friends’; for those who do not, here is her story.
Today I’d like to shine a spotlight on a Joni and Friends ministry called Family Retreat.
If you or someone you know are disabled (child or adult), you may be interested in learning more about this experience. It is one amazing week of encouragement and strengthening of families dealing with a disability. There is something for everyone: boating, hiking, zip line, climbing walls and activities for siblings of special needs children. All activities are accessible for everyone. A STM (see below) is assigned to each family for the whole week to assist with your needs. Parents are able to spend some time relaxing and attending practical seminars on a variety of disability topics. Register early as space fills up fast and results in a waiting list every year. (Cost varies by location)
For more information, to find a camp location near you or to register:
For families affected by disability-click here.
If you are interested in serving as a camp counselor, called a “STM” (Short Term Missionary), family retreat is a great place to serve with your heart and hands. You will be paired with a child, teen or adult with a disability. STMs do not provide medical care, but provide friendship and general support to the family.
My daughter, who served last year as an STM and will serve again for two weeks this year, says, “Serving as an STM is truly an unforgettable experience and one thing is certain: you will walk away from Family Retreat changed.”
To apply to serve as a STM-click here.