Thursday, May 15, 2008

2008 Joni and Friends Family Retreats

It's that time of the year again - summer family retreats sponsored by Joni and Friends!

This year, instead of the Oakwood retreat in Indiana, I will be attending the retreat in Minnesota.

Many of the retreats are still in need of STMs (i.e. volunteers!) Depending on which camp you attend, the STM registration fee is anywhere from $250-$350 (this covers cost of room, board, and materials -- it does not include any necessary travel or commute expenses). However, because you are considered a "short-term missionary" you can raise the funds as tax-deductible donations through family, friends, or your church's missions department.

If you would like more information, log on to and click on the "Get Involved" link on the left hand side of the home page. From there, click on "Family Retreats" under the Volunteer section. Included in that link are locations of each camp, prices, maps, photos of the retreat grounds, and contact and registration information.

Family retreat is by far the absolute highlight of my entire year. It is exhilarating being a part of such an amazing ministry. Being among the disabled is an inspiring experience. They display such remarkable faith, strength, resolve, and joy. And because these retreats are designed to give mom and dad a week of respite, you are also providing a massive gift to these kids and their families.

Do it!


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