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Joni and Friends and the Indy 500

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 28, 2015
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Over the Memorial Day weekend, the JumboTron at the Indianapolis 500 Speedway was broadcasting lots of 15-second messages to over 300,000 spectators. And a generous friend of the ministry provided one of those ‘15-second spots’ to Joni and Friends! What a great way to tell a whole new group of people about our ministry of delivering wheelchairs and the love of Christ to disabled people overseas! Take a minute to watch the clip!

Memorial Day: Lt. Cmdr. Bill Krissoff

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 25, 2015
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Dr. Bill Krissoff was a successful orthopedic surgeon with a thriving practice and a tranquil life at home. But then in December of 2006, Dr. Bill received news that his son Nate Krissoff had been killed by an IED while on tour in Iraq. Dr. Bill and his wife were staggered, but they knew they could not let themselves be swallowed up by grief. And so, after much thought, Dr. Bill decided that the best response to the incredible sacrifice Nate had made was to sign up as a battalion surgeon with...

Sunday Reflections

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 24, 2015
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Oswald ChambersWhen I was first injured, I wasn’t the kindest person to those caring for me. At the hospital I was short with nurses, reluctant to work with therapists; and at home, well — all I wanted was for my sister to close the drapes, turn off the lights and leave me alone. It wasn’t until I got tired of my sour disposition and asked God to show me how to live, that my attitude began to change. As Oswald Chambers rightly said, “We all know people who have been made much meaner and more irritable and more intolerable to live with by suffering: it is not right to say that all suffering perfects. It only perfects one type of person — the one who accepts the call of God in Christ Jesus.” Please don’t think that I’ve been rid of every urge to complain or every fear linked to quadriplegia; but it does mean that now I can be, as 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 puts it, “content with weakness” because I know that through my hardships, Christ is glorified. And...

A Sweet Reflection

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  • May 21, 2015
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Quotation on the mirror with Vicky in the reflectionWhen I’m in a ‘season of pain’ (such as I am presently), I’m quick to look for inspiration. So this past Saturday, I found it during a visit with my quadriplegic friend, Vicky (she’s been in bed since early March with a terrible pressure sore; lots of Facebook friends have been praying for her). Anyway, I noticed a little quotation written on her mirror. So I snapped a photo of those hand-scrawled words of encouragement. But when I looked at the photo, I did not expect to see Vicky’s reflection in the mirror! It left me breathless, and so now it’s a ‘favorite’ on my camera roll. Like you, I need CONSTANT reminders... 

'Play-Buddies' at Family Retreat

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  • May 19, 2015
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Katie and Emily at Family RetreatOver 15 years ago, Charlie and Aggie Johnson (strong supporters of Joni and Friends Texas) helped kick-start our first Family Retreat at Camp Allen, just north of Houston. The experience was incredibly life-transforming, so they got the whole family involved with volunteering. Pictured here is their granddaughter, Katie, and great-granddaughter, little Emily at the shaving-cream battle with siblings and disabled kids. Supervised by their family, Katie has been a play-buddy for 6 years. Last summer, little Emily joined the family to also serve as a play...

Airline Passengers Surprise Little Mazzy!

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  • May 18, 2015
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Sometimes airline carriers and 'disability' make for an awkward mix, but this story shows that a lot of airlines get it 'right!' During a family flight, 7-year-old Birkly told an airline attendant that it was her sister Mazzy's 4th birthday (Mazzy has spina bifida and is paralyzed from the chest down). Boy, did the flight attendant have a great idea – just watch :-)!

A Message from the People of the Cross

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  • May 16, 2015
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Like me, I'm sure your prayers for the persecuted church have heightened in recent months, given that so many Christians have lost their lives in attacks by ISIS. One of our Wheels for the World team members who helps deliver wheelchairs in the Middle East recently shared this video with me – it was stunning, and moved me to pray more urgently. Its important message needs to be circulated, so please share it with your FB friends!

I Forgot My Spoon!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 15, 2015
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Joni's bent spoonThe other evening after leaving work, Ken and I decided to do dinner at a local restaurant. This was going to be great; a nice, quiet meal with my husband. After we ordered, he reached into my handbag to get my bent spoon – it’s a special spoon with which I can feed myself. He kept rummaging around until finally he announced (with some frustration) that the spoon was not in my bag. I was so disappointed. It meant he would have to feed me. Not that I minded being fed dinner, it just was an inconvenient detour from what I had hoped. But sometimes those inconvenient detours are so precious. Like the older couple who came up to us afterward to commend us for what they saw in our...

Katherine Wolf is 'Due Soon!'

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  • May 13, 2015
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Katherine Wolf and JoniYou may have heard me talk about my friend Katherine Wolf – a beautiful and highly successful LA model who suffered a brainstem stroke after the delivery of her first child. Well, Katherine and her husband Jay are now expecting their second child (this photo was snapped at her baby shower last weekend :-). She is, of course, under the care of an OB/GYN who specializes in high risk pregnancies, and is planning to have a C-section delivery performed on July 2. So would you please pray for Katherine – for her safety and for the safety of Wolf Baby #2?! And if you'd like to learn more about Katherine's story, listen to this!

Disability in Afghanistan

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  • May 12, 2015
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person in wheelchair facing cars in trafficThe news is filled with stories of the continuing conflict in Afghanistan, as well as the American soldiers coming home with war-injuries. But rarely do we think of the Afghan soldiers and police who have also suffered devastating disabilities. And for them, dealing with a disability in an impoverished country with few social and rehab supports is especially daunting. Take a moment to watch this video...

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