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New Effort to Legalize Physician-Assisted Suicide

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Aug. 21, 2015
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Discussing the AB 2X-15 BillThis past July, the California state assembly struck down AB 128, a bill that would have allowed doctors to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to mentally competent, terminally ill patients. But it’s demise was short-lived. Now, right-to-die advocates have re-packaged virtually the same bill as part of a special legislative session on health-care funding (this means the new bill, AB 2x-15, will bypass the Assembly Health Committee where it stalled last month over growing personal and religious concerns). Disability advocates, like my friend Marilyn Golden, are alarmed that such a bill is being considered in a...

48 Years as a Quadriplegic

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 30, 2015
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Joni interviewed on 100 Huntley StreetIn 1967, a reckless dive into shallow water completely changed my life. I was only 17 and doctors were telling me I would never be able to use my hands or legs again. Those were dark days back then — days filled with anger towards God; days when I would tell my sister, “Just close the drapes, turn off the lights, shut the...

Joni and Friends TV Special

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 16, 2015
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Joni Eareckson TadaTune in to TBN’s Church Channel on Friday, July 17th and Friday, July 31st at 12 noon (PST) for a two hour Joni and Friends special. This personal, behind the scenes look at Joni Eareckson Tada’s life will reveal some of the challenges she faces every day, and give you the opportunity to meet people in her life who inspire and encourage her to keep on going. The Church Channel can be viewed wherever TBN is broadcast throughout the world, including on DirecTV, Dish Network, and online. Please consult your local listings for more information. Thank you for watching! 

The CA Assisted Suicide Bill Is Put On Hold

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 9, 2015
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Against Assisted SuicideNot long ago I asked you to pray with me against the advancement of the “End of Life Option Act” (SB128). Well, recent news report that this proposal to allow physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients in California has been put on hold. Thanks to...

Need Some Pin-spiration? Share Our Joni and Friends Memes!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 2, 2015
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Joni Eareckson Tada Meme - He has chosen not to heal me, but to hold me. The more intense the pain, the closer His embrace."Here’s a great way to introduce your friends to the ministry of Joni and Friends or brighten their day with an encouraging quote. This month, we’re pinning inspirational memes on Pinterest! Follow Joni and Friends to access all of our memes (just like the one you see here), then repin them on your Pinterest page… or you can copy them to share on any of your social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram)! Follow Joni and Friends on Pinterest and start pinning today! If you don’t have a Pinterest account, visit the Joni and Friends page and click “Join Pinterest” to register.

Proposed Cuts Will Affect Special-Needs Families

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 19, 2015
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Stand up for Special-Needs FamiliesAs they say, "As California goes, so goes the country." It's why disability advocates across the nation are up-in-arms about proposed budget cuts to critical services that support young people with developmental disabilities. The structure is about to collapse in California, an omen for other states facing budget cuts. Our own Steve Bundy, vice president of Christian Institute on Disability, has written a thoughtful response, showing how this crisis in California will soon impact needful services for people with disabilities in other states. Read Steve Bundy's article for all the details, and please join us in prayer as Gov. Jerry Brown meets with lawmakers today to discuss ways to increase funding for developmental disability services in the state of California.

Cancer-Free!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 18, 2015
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Ken and Joni giving a thumbs upEarlier this week I had my final PET scan in my five-year treatment program since undergoing surgery in June, 2010 to remove stage III breast cancer. Ken and I just received results from the scan, and it shows "no evidence of disease." I've now reached the five-year mark, and my oncologist has declared me cancer-free! Honestly, I feel stronger and healthier now than when I was first diagnosed in late June, 2010. As you'd guess, I've been singing praise hymns all day, just like the healed man in Luke 17:15, who "… when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a LOUD voice." THANK you for your many prayers for my healing – it means I can continue to do the work God is called me to do, and so much more! Hallelujah!

A Treatise for Life

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 12, 2015
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Doug and Ryan MazzaAccording to Princeton University ethics professor Peter Singer, children with severe disabilities should not live. In an interview with New York’s AM 970, Peter Singer argued that the United States should acknowledge health-care rationing as well as the necessity of “intentionally ending the lives of severely disabled infants”—infants like Ryan. Ryan — who is blind, severely developmentally disabled, and is fed through a tube — is the son of Doug Mazza, President and COO of Joni and Friends. Though Ryan will never pursue a degree, land a job, raise a family, pay taxes or hold office … Ryan’s life demonstrates consummate purpose. He has been the impetus for thousands of wheelchairs being delivered to severely disabled children in foreign countries — children who like Ryan, ought to be euthanized, according to Singer. How are we to respond to such proposed “ethical” models of healthcare? Read Doug Mazza’s response to Peter Singer, published on The Blaze.

Your Gift Will Be Doubled!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 2, 2015
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Matching Gift Opportunity!Right now, we have a bountiful ministry opportunity. Thanks to some generous friends of the ministry, every gift you give until July 15, up to $250,000 will be doubled. With your help, we can raise $500,000! With this Matching Gift Opportunity, $10 becomes $20… $100 turns into $200! Your gift will help us reach twice as many individuals and families affected by disability through every Joni and Friends ministry program. Thank you for giving graciously and faithfully. God bless you for your prayerful support today!

Why Cutbacks in Disability Services Matter

  • By: Steve Bundy
  • May 15, 2015
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A man with Down Syndrome tends a gardenAs the father of a child with developmental disabilities, I am grateful to live in a country founded on Judeo-Christian values that upholds the inherent dignity and worth of all people, including those with disabilities. Through a variety of residential and social services, our nation has helped maintain quality of life for many with disabilities who simply desire to be a part of their communities and function like others in society. This is why I am deeply concerned over Governor Brown's revised budget proposal and the declining funding and support in California for those with developmental disabilities. Over the years, funding in California...

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