Joni and Friends Buddy Training
Buddy Ministry: Friendship, Discipleship, and Kingdom Building
Churches are often unsure of how to integrate children, teens, and adults with various disabilities into the life of their congregation. A Buddy/Friendship Ministry is often the best way to serve families effectively and be an essential part of your church’s Disability Ministry. A Buddy provides assistance, support, and friendship - allowing the whole family to participate as valuable members of the congregation
Sib Nafziger Charles is the Senior Manager for Joni and Friends Pennsylvania. Sib has been involved with the ministry of Joni and Friends since 1986. In 1991 Sib helped to spearhead the Family Retreat program for Joni and Friends, which now has 28 Family Retreats throughout the country and 16 internationally. As Senior Manager Sib helps to equip local churches to welcome and include individuals affected by disability into their church life. She is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University. Sib is married to Jess Charles and the mother of one grown son. A farming accident in 1983 left Sib’s husband Jess a quadriplegic. Sib and Jess together advocate for the needs of individuals affected by disability.