October 2012

Thanks from My 63-year old Heart!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 31, 2012
  • 8 Comments
  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

joni and ken celebrating her 63rd birthdayOn this last day of October, I am 'over the top' with thanksgiving to God for all of you who participated in my "Birthday Gift" with a gift of $63!! Together, more than $7,400 was raised, and this means many more kids with disabilities, and adults, too, will receive a wheelchair, the Word of God, and a chance to hear the Good News of Jesus! And it wouldn't be happening, were it not for you. "May the Lord repay you for what you have done," says Ruth 2:12, "May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel." And that, friend, was written for you!

From Aiden and Mya’s Dad 

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 26, 2012
  • 1 Comment
  • Family Retreats

Matthew with his familyAiden playing basketball in the pool
“Men like me work and do our jobs. They don’t talk about what’s going on in their lives. But at Family Retreat, Bible study and small groups with other men give dads a chance to bond. We let down our guard. We talk about what good things having a child with a disability brings out. We so easily forget the positives because we live with constant therapies, doctor’s appointments and the hard work it takes to pay for all these things...

Abandoned Children Find their Heavenly Father through Your Love

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 24, 2012
  • 1 Comment
  • Wheels For The World

Feyrilla in her new wheelchair with grandmother MicolasaThousands of disabled children and teens, like Feyrilla in Peru, are learning about the love of their Heavenly Father through the gifts of a wheelchair and a Bible sent by you. Abandoned at birth by her parents because of her cerebral palsy, Feyrilla has been raised by her grandmother who is poor and elderly. “I feed Feyrilla, I lift and carry her,” said her grandmother, Micolasa. “It is very hard.” But now Feyrilla has grown too heavy for Micolasa to carry any longer. Feyrilla has not been out of the house in over two years, yet the light and hope in her eyes has not gone out. Not long ago, 17 year old Feyrilla received a beautiful, custom-fitted wheelchair from Wheels for the World. It was a gift that will bring her into the light and sunshine once again as surely as it ushered in the love of her Heavenly Father. Life-changing words of Scripture were read to Feyrilla and Grandma Micolasa. “Today we have seen the love and care of God,” said Micolasa. “We learned that even though we suffer behind closed doors, God has seen us and shown us His care through you. I have many, many thanks in my heart... words will never be enough.”

10 Things You Can Say to a Friend With a New Disability

Woman helping a friend in the hospitalMan helping his friend in a wheelchair
When someone is hit with disability, it can be a scary time filled with questions and new challenges. But that’s the time when it’s most important to show your love and support! Have you ever wondered, what’s the right thing to say? Here are 10 things you can say to a friend with a new disability...

A Lifeline of Joy and Restoration

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 17, 2012
  • 3 Comments
  • Family Retreats

Moore familyAna and her dad Richard

Richard and Simone Moore have three young children that keep them running—especially 6-year-old Ana, who has Down syndrome. “We are ‘on’ all the time,” says Simone. “We live exhausted all year.” Under that kind of pressure, the fabric of even the strongest marriage is worn thin. “We can be so stressed that we sometimes turn on each other,” Richard shares. It’s a story every family with disability understands. The Moores...

Let's Celebrate Joni's 63rd Birthday!

Joni and Ken celebrating Joni's 63rd birthday
My wife may be the youngest soon-to-turn-63 woman I know, and I can hardly believe her birthday, October 15 is just around the corner. Joni and I are both amazed that she’s breaking all spinal-cord injury statistics – she never expected to see this many birthdays. Who knew God would take the broken pieces of one young girl’s life and turn them into a powerful ministry to people with disabilities all over the world! To celebrate God’s goodness, Joni and I are giving a birthday gift of $63 (a dollar for each year!) to Joni and Friends. How honored we would be if you would join us in the birthday fun – 63 years, a $63 gift, and countless lives changed for Christ. There couldn’t be a greater way to honor my wife. Thank you!  –Ken Tada

From Emma's Dad...

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 8, 2012
  • 1 Comment
  • Family Retreats

Emma with her parents“As fathers of disabled kids, we may not look stressed or tired but deep in our hearts we are. We carry and protect our loved ones, but we can’t take the pain or hurt away. So I’m like a bull—a shield that protects my family all the time. Out in the world, if someone looks funny at my daughter, I protect. At Family Retreat, I am relieved of that tension. When I come here, I see other men making it. I hear their testimonies and they give me courage and strength. They help me know I’m not alone. I am proud of the men at Family Retreat. Eighty percent of the time, men with a disabled child will abandon ship. Joni and Friends has taught me the value of marriage. If it doesn’t have Christ in it, it won’t work. If I...

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

breast cancer awareness infographicOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Did you know that about 1 in 8 US women will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime? According to American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women (besides skin cancer) and the second leading cause of cancer death. For years, it was labeled a terminal disease, but now thanks to earlier detection and improved treatment, there is a 98% survival rate – that’s more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors! Early detection is important, so go get tested and improve your chance of survival! This month, to highlight...

Joni Shares Her Breast Cancer Journey

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 1, 2012
  • 4 Comments
  • Radio, Video Archives

According to the American Cancer Society, the chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is about 1 in 8, and in 2010, Joni Eareckson Tada became one of those statistics—she was diagnosed with Stage III Breast Cancer. After undergoing a mastectomy and chemotherapy, and through the healing hand of God and the help of friends and loved ones, Joni joyfully reports that her cancer is in remission. Joni’s desire is to encourage others through her trials and victories, and that’s why she has chosen to share her breast cancer journey with you through this Joni and Friends television episode trailer. Also, don’t forget to listen to Joni’s radio programs this week on breast cancer by visiting our radio page today.