by tklicka on June 28, 2010

Dear praying friends,

Thank you for all the emails and notes I’ve gotten letting me know you are praying for Joni and Sono Harris. I am so grateful! For those of you who have asked about Joni, and have inquired how you can help the Harris family, here is an update:


Joni’s surgery is tomorrow, so your prayers for that are much appreciated. Lord God, may You make Your nearness known to Ken & Joni and give much grace and skill to the surgeon and all giving support medical care. May You grant successful removal of all cancer and good rest to them both. And may Joni’s immune system be strong to resist infection and help assist in a full recovery! Finally, may You use their testimony of faith and trust in Your loving, sovereign care to draw many people to want to know the Savior, our great Healer, Jesus Christ!


Sono is continuing to prepare to be with her beloved Lord Jesus, and thankfully she is not in much pain. She is very weak, but is still helping make preparations for Gregg and the children after her departure from this life. She is truly is remarkable woman of faith!

Sono’s determination to do God’s will reminds me of Jesus when it was prophesied of Him in Isaiah 50:7, Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.”

She is pressing on by God’s grace, just like the saints in Hebrews 11:16, of whom it is said, “But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.” Truly, the Lord is not ashamed to be called her God; rather, He is much glorified!

Gregg and Sono have been pillars in the Christian homeschool movement in America, serving God and the homeschool community for over 30 years. Gregg was one of the first ones to write a book about the Christian homeschooling lifestyle (The Christian Home School—the first homeschooling book we ever read). In the 1980s and 90s, Gregg challenged and encouraged thousands of families through his Christian Life Workshops (I had the privilege of coordinating two such conferences in VA, which Chris had the blessing to speak at with Gregg in the late 80s).

Furthermore, Gregg and Sono have raised up sons who are serving God in mighty ways for His glory. For instance, the Harris’ twin sons, Alex and Brett created The Rebelution to encourage teens to rebel against the low expectations our society is increasingly selling our youth (their website, which has had over 35 million hits, is Alex and Brett are also of the authors of two best-selling books, Do Hard Things (written when they were just 18 years old), as well as their latest practical how-to book, Start Here, available at Christian bookstores everywhere. The love for and dedication to Jesus Christ these young men have can be traced back to the deep faith, godly example, diligent training and fervent prayers of their parents.


And right now, God is truly sustaining the Harris family with His amazing grace, but Gregg, who had planned on speaking several times this year at his Raising Kids to Do Hard Things conferences (,  in his desire to care for Sono, has cancelled all commitments to speak until further notice. As a result, their family has some immediate and pressing financial needs. If you feel led to help them in any way with medical expenses and/or supporting the work the staff of Gregg’s Noble Institute, the base for his ministry and work, there are two ways you can contribute to their needs:

  1. By giving a tax-deductible contribution to the Noble Institute ( via the Institute’s PayPal account at; or
  2. By giving a non-tax-deductible contribution to the Harris family directly via PayPal at

Thank you for your intercession for their family and for your prayer giving!

“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.” ~Romans 12:10-13

With love and thanksgiving in our loving, merciful God,



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