Joni and Friends Blog

Joni Awarded NRB Hall of Fame

joni and ken at nrb holding joni's awardOn the final evening of the National Religious Broadcasters convention, Joni was inducted into the NRB Hall of Fame at the awards dinner. Joni is flanked at the presentation by Rich Bott, chairman, and Dr. Frank Wright, CEO. Amidst a standing ovation, Joni thanked her friends at Ambassador Agency, particularly Al Sanders and Jon Campbell, for planting the vision for the “Joni and Friends” radio program which, this year, celebrates 30 years on the air. “I also want to thank Doug Mazza and the leadership at Joni and Friends for encouraging me to continue in Christian broadcasting,” said Joni after the presentation. Drop Joni a note of congratulations on this blog, and be sure to visit our Radio Page to enjoy listening to several of Joni’s recent programs. From all of us here at the Joni and Friends International Disability Center, we say to our friend, “Congratulations, Joni!”

A Joni and Friends Hymn Sing at NRB

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 21, 2012
  • Radio, Video Archives

hymn sing at nrbJoni's presence at the NRB convention is all about thanking the hundreds of station managers who carry the "Joni and Friends" radio program -- and one of the best ways we can show our gratitude is to invite them to our annual Hymn Sing. We just find an open lobby, gather a few chairs, and people arrive from all over the convention, looking for a chance to harmonize on favorite old hymns. This evening Joni will be inducted into the NRB Hall of Fame, a coveted honor shared with some of the greats in Christian broadcasting. We know you join us in congratulating Joni on this special award, as well as celebrating 30 years of broadcasting the "Joni and Friends" radio program.

We're especially thankful to our good friends at Ambassador Advertising Agency for all their hard work in producing and distributing Joni's program over these many years! Watch this short clip of the hymn sing...

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.


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

  • 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

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...

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