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Joni and Friends All-Staff Conference

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 4, 2016
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Joni and DougAll this week, our Joni and Friends teams from around the country have gathered here at our International Disability Center for training and networking — and it has been a little slice of heaven. Here, Doug and I are encouraging the staff to keep the Word of God and evangelism central in all of our upcoming outreaches...

First-ever LEGO with a Disability!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 3, 2016
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  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

LEGO in a wheelchairMy nephews are grown now, but when they were kids one of their favorite toys were LEGO® bricks. The boys had so much fun interlocking the tiny, colorful bricks to build all kinds of things — including “ramps” like the ones their Aunt Joni used. Toys can create a wonderful opportunity for children to develop a more positive attitude towards people with disabilities. It’s why I’m so excited that LEGO® has announced its first-ever minifigure with a disabilityto go on sale this June — a figurine of a person in a...

On the Road Again!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 1, 2016
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Joni's Route 66 signIt's been a great two months of rest, but now it's time to hit the road again — starting in February, I'll be traveling and speaking at various Joni and Friends events, conferences, colleges and universities. As you know, I'm 66 now, and an ambitious travel schedule could feel overwhelming. But I draw my inspiration from Psalm 84:5, "Blessed are those whose strength is in [God], who have set their hearts on pilgrimage." As I often say, onward and upward by the grace of God. Thank you for praying for Ken Tada and me as we...

Painting with a Wheelchair?

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 29, 2016
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Joni and TommyRecently my quad-friend, Tommy Hollenstein, stopped by our International Disability Center (IDC) for a visit – I had a chance to show him how we framed and displayed one of his beautiful paintings. Tommy paints using his wheelchair as his ‘brush!’ His friend spreads out a big canvas on the floor, smears different colors on his tires, and then Tommy goes to work, moving his chair this way and that – his paintings are a swirl of vibrant colors in motion! I’m going to ask him if he would like to bring his tools to a Family Retreat next...

Send in your Valentines!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 27, 2016
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Phillip's Love BearsHeart for the Disabled

It’s the end of January — and that means Valentine’s Day is around the corner! Earlier this month I shared with you about our “Heart for the Disabled” outreach (it’s when we select five families with special needs and share their stories on the radio). Already, dozens of greeting cards, notes of encouragement, gift cards — and over 20 precious teddy bears (a special gift from Phillip’s Love Bears) — have been sent by Christians wanting to bless these special families. So, if you haven’t already sent in your Valentines, make sure to do so soon! The first batch of notes and gifts will...

It's Glaucoma Awareness Month!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 25, 2016
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OptometristJesus healed many blind people, some brought by friends for healing, others who happened to be near Jesus when he walked toward Jericho. I love the attitude of the blind beggar at the side of the road who shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Luke 18:35-42). This man was determined — no matter how much...

Ms. Wheelchair California

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 22, 2016
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Hillary MaridesAll during 2015, I watched as my friend Hillary Marides served up and down our state as Ms. Wheelchair California — Hillary is a graduate of California State University, Northridge with a M.S. in Counseling. She has cerebral palsy and has often volunteered at Joni and Friends in years past (always doing her best to overcome big hurdles with transportation services). Hilary’s education, leadership roles, and personal experience have made her a strong champion for...

Evangelicals for Life Conference

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 19, 2016
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Evangelicals for LifeWhenever I attend a Family Retreat, or see images of children receiving their first wheelchair through Wheels for the World, I pray for the many children with disabilities we serve. Because as J.R.R. Tolkien once said, “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” Children are our future, yet so many...

Sanctity of Life Sunday

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 17, 2016
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Sanctity of Life SundayPsalm 127 says, “Children are a gift from the Lord”—and that includes ALL children … disabled, unborn, ill, boy or girl. In America alone, 4 in 10 children are aborted, many because they were diagnosed with disorders like Down syndrome. My heart breaks when I see the escalating statistics of not only abortion statistics of unborn children with disabilities, but also the desperate situation of infants with disabilities who quietly disappear under the shadow of infanticide. When you add the plight of medically fragile and...

It's "Heart for the Disabled" Week!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 11, 2016
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Heart for the DisabledEvery year, we meet so many families whose everyday lives are impacted by disability: weary single-moms who worry about making ends meet, siblings who patiently help their brother with autism, grandparents who lovingly care for a baby with neonatal withdrawal ... Families that need encouragement from Christians like you. And it’s why at the start of the year, we select five families affected by disability to be the recipients of “Hearts for the Disabled.” You can participate by sending a Valentine’s...

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