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My Husband's Tri-Tip Recipe

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 2, 2015
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4th of July BBQWith Independence Day right around the corner, you’re probably packing your family for a camping trip, cleaning your pool or checking for firework shows in your area. Chances are, you’ll likely also hit the grill — right? I know my husband Ken will. And I can almost guarantee he’ll be preparing his fabulous tri-tip! I remember back when Ken was a high school teacher, he used to invite his students to our house for a BBQ. It was such a wonderful time for us to connect with these kids and welcome them into our home. After all, God calls us to be examples to others (1 Tim 4:12)...

Overcoming Bullying with Friendship

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 1, 2015
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James and his friendsJames is a 5th grader who has a learning disability and was teased at school because of it. Five boys at the school (who aren’t even in class with James) decided they weren’t going to let James get picked on and so, they chose to...

Fingerprints

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 29, 2015
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Joni's FingerprintRecently, I signed (with my mouth) official documents at Joni and Friends that had to be notarized. It meant I had to be fingerprinted. However, the ink-print came out completely flat. Since I haven't used my hands and fingers for over 47 years, I have virtually NO fingerprints; that is, no deep ridges like most people have. It's...

God's Hedge

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 28, 2015
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HedgeWhether in the hospital or home, the four walls of a sick room can be so confining. I know that firsthand – there’ve been times I’ve been bedridden for months. Now, one could be tempted to cry out with Jeremiah, "He has walled me in so I cannot escape; he has weighed me down with chains," or groan with Job, "Why is life given to a man... whom God has hedged in?" Feeling walled in, feeling hedged in can be confining; but it’s also comforting. Why? Because those are walls God put around you; God put up the hedge. It’s only when we view our restricting circumstances as being placed there by God's own hand that we can find courage to face them. Walls are cold. Hedges are thorny. But for those who believe in the...

Josh Witt, A Luke 14 Model

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 25, 2015
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Josh WittJosh Witt, A Luke 14 Model
A few months ago, I shared with you our Luke 14 Mural. It’s a painting by Hyatt Moore that portrays the Parable of the Great Banquet in Luke chapter 14, where Jesus says, “Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them [the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame] to come in, so that my house will be full.” (If you haven’t had a chance to look at it, you must see this incredible video that shows how it was painted at our Global Access Conference). Well, today I want to tell you...

Encouraging Our Partners in Argentina

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 23, 2015
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Joni and Friends staff with partners in ArgentinaWhenever our Joni and Friends ministry teams travel, I am always excited to hear about the ways that God is working overseas. Just last month, staff members from our Christian Institute on Disability returned from Argentina, where they taught our Beyond Suffering course to students, missionaries and pastors. There, we also met Rosa — founder of AMAD, a rehabilitation facility in Mendoza, Argentina. Rosa shared that, upon reading my autobiography in Spanish, Joni, Rosa felt inclined to help people with disabilities and so, she decided to major in special education. It was a risky move for Rosa: not only was she going into a career that was looked down on, but Rosa was going...

“It’s Your Day, Daddy” 

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 21, 2015
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John EarecksonThat’s what my sisters and I would say every Father’s Day to our dear dad, John King Eareckson. We would shower Dad with handmade cards, favorite poems, and always a big banana split ice-cream sundae at the end of the day. My father was incredibly influential in our lives, and to this day, I am still guided by his homespun wisdom and favorite “Eareckson-isms,” like, “Remember, Joni, when you leave the house you carry the good name of the Eareckson family!” Daddy was born in 1900 (this photo was taken in 1936 when he was, well… 36 years old)! And although years have passed since he went to heaven in 1990, his winsome smile, sparkling blue eyes, and booming laugh are a treasured seal in my memory. If your dad is still alive, find a way this Sunday to honor and bless him in a warm and personal way. 

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 Child's Heart for Nepal

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 18, 2015
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Logan serving lemonade with his momOn Saturday, April 25, a disastrous earthquake struck Nepal. With a magnitude of 7.8, the earthquake has taken the lives of more than 8,000 people. Thousands of people remain missing and remote villages have yet to be reached with aid. Thankfully, though, people all around the world are taking action — people like little 4-year-old Logan. Logan had always wanted to do a lemonade stand, but when he learned of the Nepal earthquake, Logan told his mommy he wanted part of the proceeds to go to charity to help those affected by the earthquake. And so, little Logan and his mom set up the stand and posted signs for lemonade, apple juice and granola bars. With garage sales going on that day, Logan had plenty of customers and he raised...

Wheels for the World in Cuba

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 17, 2015
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Doors for the Gospel are opening up in Cuba as never before. This brief video of our recent Wheels for the World distribution in Cuba was broadcast on Cuban National Television – they even mentioned that Joni and Friends is a Christian ministry. I'm so grateful to God that we can not only deliver wheelchairs in Cuba, but distribute Bibles and introduce special-needs families to Jesus Christ! Even if you don't know...

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