Many families affected by disability struggle with isolation and loneliness. Caring for an individual with disabilities often takes extra time and energy, schedules are full of therapy and doctor appointments, and frankly, sometimes it’s just easier to stay home.
But, God wired us for community—there are over 30 “one another” commandments in Scripture telling us to do things like love one another, serve another, and encourage one another. The twists and turns of life are easier to handle when we are surrounded by friends and family who can offer encouragement and practical help.
So, for families affected by disability who are not able to engage in the body of Christ as easily, the trials of life can feel even more profound.
In light of this, Joni and Friends holds a project called “Heart for the Disabled” every January to help combat this isolation. Joni selects five families connected with the ministry that she thinks could use a little extra encouragement. She features these five families on her radio show, blog, and website, inviting listeners and readers to send valentines for these five families.
Through the months of January and February, valentines are collected and delivered to these five families. People from across the country and even around the world send cards, verses of encouragement, gift cards, and small gifts to bless them. Joni and Friends carefully packages them up and delivers them.
Can you remember a time that you received a card, a gift, or even a kind comment when you were feeling tired and alone? Most of the “Heart for the Disabled” families have no idea that they will be receiving this box of love—can you imagine their surprise? The families often spend days carefully reading through every note and treasuring them for years to come.
This is such a beautiful example of how God uses the body of Christ to shower people with His love. We invite you to join us as we celebrate “Heart for the Disabled” by sending valentines to five very deserving families who are affected by disability. Joni featured the five families on her radio show this week. You can find all the information you need about the families and how to send them valentines by clicking here.
Our prayer is that through this project, these five families will feel loved and encouraged. That they will know they are not alone.