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This Week: Joni and Doug in Nashville for NRB

joni eareckson tada and doug mazzaDoug Mazza, president and COO of Joni and Friends, will be joining Joni in Nashville, Tennessee for the National Religious Broadcasters board meeting. Doug was elected to the national NRB board in 2011 and will serve alongside Joni, long-term board member, as well as 70 other nationally prominent Christian leaders who influence the media for Christ’s kingdom. Last year, Joni’s one-minute daily radio feature was awarded “NRB’s Radio Program of the Year.” On Tuesday evening, February 21st, Joni will be inducted into the “NRB Hall of Fame” at this year’s awards banquet. The entire Joni and Friends team is grateful to God that Joni and Doug have the honor of helping to shape policies and directives in Christian media through their participation on the NRB board – please pray for them during this week’s board meetings.

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 6, 2012
  • In the Media

joni on stage speaking to a crowd of peopleIt's not too late to register for The Renew Conference to be held this weekend in Nashville, Tennessee. The conference will address how Christians should respond to suffering, and how to minister to others who are dealing with affliction. This important conference will be held at Community Bible Church in Nashville, February 10-12. The theme is “Our Affliction… His Grace.” Joni Eareckson Tada will be speaking, as well as Tullian Tchividjian and others who have wrestled with the subject of suffering and the goodness of God. Make plans to join Joni for this extraordinary conference – you will be inspired, equipped and refreshed! Get all the details at


In this video, Ken Tada shares how his prayer life deepened during Joni’s cancer journey.

Teaching Beyond Suffering in Peru

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 2, 2012
  • Christian Institute on Disability

beyond suffering class in peruOver the last week, James Rene of our Joni and Friends' Christian Institute on Disability was in Lima, Peru teaching at the Christian Missionary Alliance Seminary (CMA). He led our disability ministry course of study called "Beyond Suffering" to 60 key CMA Peruvian pastors -- these men represented more than 400...

Heart for the Disabled Breaks all Records

joni and ken with a group of kids at the idcNo doubt you heard that Joni and Friends recently held Heart for the Disabled week – listeners to Joni's radio program and readers of her blog sent in homemade Valentine cards, gift certificates, poems, copies of hymns, Scriptures, and letters of encouragement to five different special-need families. And this year was a record breaker – we received hundreds more notes and cards than in years past!

If you sent in a note, we want to thank you for participating with us to make this coming February 14 a truly memorable day for these disabled people and their families. We also want to thank the home school group from Dr. John MacArthur's Grace Community Church who dropped by to hand-deliver their homemade Valentines – thanks, boys and girls!

Make Eye Contact!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 30, 2012
  • Radio, Video Archives

Watch this video from Kids' Corner about how to reach out to friends who are blind.

Helping Churches Become Accessible!

wheelchair lift at front of churchwheelchair lift - close upMountain View Community Church in Colorado was built in 1907, long before ramps and elevators became common in church buildings. Joni and Friends’ Christian Fund for the Disabled provided a matching grant to the church in order to help them install an elevator (all while satisfying requirements of the Colorado State Historic Fund)! Pastor McConahy told us, “We have already seen the fruit of some elderly ladies coming to worship with us who live in public housing – they live just one block away and use electric scooters, so this elevator will get lots of use.” Joni and Friends is working hard to help churches like Mountain View create access not only in their buildings, but their church outreach programs, too. Visit our Church Relations department to find out how your congregation can better serve special needs families!

News from Joni and Friends' Christian Institute on Disability!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 23, 2012
  • 1 Comment
  • In the Media, Christian Institute on Disability

NewsPeople with disabilities continue to be greatly encouraged by the many new treatments using adult stem cell therapies. For instance, Christopher Lyles, a Baltimore cancer patient, now has a new trachea -- and scientists say the approach shows great promise...

Special Delivery Makes an Impact

special delivery itemsspecial delivery basket
Layla was born recently with Down Syndrome and had to be hospitalized for intestinal problems. Her parents are un-churched and have been grieving the loss of their hopes for their child (they did not know Layla would be born with Down's). When Debra Petermann of our Joni and Friends/Ohio team found out about this little family, she put together a very unusual Special Delivery basket – resources, books, a pretty pink ballerina tutu, tiara and slippers. Debra said, "I can picture little Layla dancing into the hearts of her parents; I'm convinced she's going to bring this couple so much joy in the months to come." How was this gift basket received? The mother absolutely loved it – she even cried! Best of all, the family are considering coming to church once Layla is out of the hospital. Find out more about Special Delivery and how you can get involved!

National Religious Broadcasters Induct Joni Eareckson Tada into NRB Hall of Fame

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 19, 2012
  • In the Media, Radio

Joni Eareckson Tada, longtime ministry leader, radio host and disability advocate, has been selected to receive the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Hall of Fame Award at the group’s annual meeting next month. Founder of the Joni and Friends International Disability Center and host of the Joni and Friends radio and television programs, Tada has a storied tenure in religious broadcasting circles, as well as in the publishing and speaking arenas. 

“I know of no better testimony of how Christ’s strength is made perfect through weakness than the life of Joni Eareckson Tada,” said Dr. Frank Wright, NRB president and CEO. “Joni has stared suffering in the face and seen the face of Christ. It is our honor and privilege to induct her into NRB’s Hall of Fame.” 

Following a paralyzing diving accident in 1967, Tada’s faith helped her to persevere and become a successful artist using her mouth to paint and draw. The publication of her story in the book “Joni” and in various media outlets led to an outpouring of response from others impacted by disability and in need of encouragement. Tada founded Joni and Friends in 1979 to fulfill this purpose and began the national ...

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