Joni and Friends Family Retreat and Reunion Coming to Bethel

Joni and Friends, a support ministry for people affected by disability, will host a Family Retreat reunion at Bethel College on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The event will be held for those who are involved in the Joni and Friends ministry. More than 200 people from the Michiana area and surrounding states plan to attend; including those who are also involved in local organizations like “Luv-Ability” and “Bridges.”

Schedule of events:

11:30 a.m. Lunch

12:30 p.m. Puppets and music with local organization “Bridges”

1:30 p.m. Vocal group from Hope Community Church – Niles, Mich.

2:30 p.m. More music ministry

4:00 p.m. Men and women’s basketball game in Wiekamp Athletic Center

For more information contact Becky Branch at or visit

Joni and Friends is a nonprofit organization, started by Joni Eareckson Tada, that has been dedicated to extending the love and message of Christ to people who are affected by disability for more than 25 years.

A diving accident in 1967 left Mrs. Tada a quadriplegic in a wheelchair, unable to use her hands. During two years of rehabilitation, she spent long months learning how to paint with a brush between her teeth. Her high-detail fine art paintings and prints are sought after and collected.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.