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Global Access 2015 – Why It's So Important to Me

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 31, 2014
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Joni and Friends team praying for the Global Access ConferenceWhen I look to the future and think of ways I can 'finish well' as a Christian and a disability advocate, I look for opportunities that are worthy of my time, prayer and passion. I call them milestone-moments; that is, opportunities that will assure a lasting legacy for kingdom-advancement among disabled people around the world. And to me, that's what Global Access 2015 is all about. I can't think of any place I'd rather be next February than gathering with hundreds of like-hearted, like-minded friends who enjoy making Jesus' Luke 14 mandate a reality. GA 2015 is historic… momentous… and I want you to be there. If you are interested in disability ministry (whether you're a veteran, or just beginning), I promise that this conference will be a huge encouragement to your heart...

Typewriter Art

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 29, 2014
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As a mouth artist, I appreciate works of art — especially those done by others with disabilities. Recently I saw video of a man named Paul Smith who lived with severe cerebral palsy. His joy in life consisted of finding ways to be creative. And for him, that meant “painting” with a typewriter. Due to Paul’s limited mobility, holding a brush or pen with his hands was impossible. But with one finger and just ten symbol keys – such as the @-sign or the #-sign – Paul compiled a portfolio of hundreds of masterpieces, including an astonishing replica of the Mona Lisa. Whenever people looked over his shoulder and told Paul that they could never do what he did, he’d reply, “Maybe not, but what can you do?” Friend, you just have to see one of Paul’s works of art so check out his typewriter art in this heartwarming video. Remember, no matter what your limitation, there is something you can do.

Bobbie is... Safe

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  • Oct. 28, 2014
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Bobbie walking and singing Trust and ObeyOver the weekend, I shared how Bobbie is ‘singing her way to heaven.’ Well, this morning she said ‘Amen’ to Earth and stepped onto Heaven’s celestial shore – she finished her battle against cancer and is now whole and healthy in the presence of Christ. A few hours ago her husband, Robert Wolgemuth, wrote the following: “For the past fifteen years or so, every time one of us arrives safely after a flight or a long road trip, we text one word to each other. ‘Safe.’ Now, our Bobbie is safe. The moment Bobbie stepped into heaven, we sang a song that we used to love to sing as a family… as a quartet. This time we sang it as a trio... Come let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before our God our maker. For He is our God...

The God I Love

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  • Oct. 27, 2014
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Placerita Baptist Church Book Club Recently the women from the Placerita Baptist Church Book Club came for a visit to the IDC – earlier in the month they chose my memoir The God I Love to read as a group (I always feel so blessed, so honored when a book club selects one of my works to read… but especially The God I Love)! It was my joy to share with them how I have come to love the God who chose me for His furnace of affliction; as He says, "See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this" (Isaiah 48:11). Are you...

Victory is Yours for a Song

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 25, 2014
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Joni sharing about her friend, BobbieColossians 3:16 is a scriptural command that I practice every day, “Sing psalms , hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” And I'm not the only one. My friend Bobbie Wolgemuth breathes hymns in and out, every day. And it’s a good thing—she is in the advanced stages of ovarian cancer, so she’s “singing her way” to heaven. Take a moment and be inspired by the message of Colossians 3:16 as well as a short video clip of my extraordinary friend, Bobbie. 

"That's What It's All About!!"

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  • Oct. 24, 2014
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The other day I was reflecting on the joyous moments I experienced at Family Retreats this past summer – just then, I received an email with a link to a very special video young Cole Matthews 'filmed' for Talent Night at the Castaway Club Family Retreat back in August. Actually, Cole has cerebral palsy and cannot hold an iPad, but his STM, Amy Stoltenberg, was happy to serve as his 'hands.' During the week, the two of them would single out people (even Ken and me) to sing-and-act out a part in the 'Hokey Pokey Song' – and Cole played it before a very enthusiastic audience on Thursday night's Talent Show! So take a look and sing along – and consider serving at a Family Retreat in 2015; Cole would say "You'll be blessed!!"

If I'm A Christian, Why Am I Depressed?

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 22, 2014
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If I'm A Christian, Why Am I Depressed?Some people say that Christians should never be depressed. I take issue with that, being a quadriplegic who has battled cancer and struggles daily with pain. I love my Savior, am passionate about His Gospel, and enjoy the ministry He has given me. But that does not exclude me from occasionally grappling with dark emotions. In this achingly honest work, Dr. Somerville explains that depression is not restricted to the secular world. Throughout history, godly men and women -- among them Martin Luther and Charles Spurgeon -- have suffered in the deep trenches of dark emotion. But God's Word contains firm guidance and heart-transforming hope. It’s why I highly recommend If I'm a Christian, Why am I Depressed?, written by Robert B. Somerville, professor of Biblical Counseling at The Master’s College. “Dr. Bob” is one of my pain-pals for whom I pray on a regular basis – if you’re struggling with depression, you’ll be greatly encouraged reading his new book!  

Physician-Assisted Suicide: The Discussion Continues

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 20, 2014
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Joni and Friends Christian Institute on DisabilityOver the last week, I've responded to many emails and inquiries that have come in as a result of my statement about Brittany Maynard's decision to end her life. Several described how their dying loved ones suffered greatly due to the inability of morphine to allay confusion, disorientation, and pain. My heart goes out to such families! I, too, have watched several family members suffer great anguish at their life's end, and it breaks my heart. No one – absolutely no one – wishes a hard death on anyone. However, should such deaths warrant legalizing physician-assisted suicide across the US? Physician-assisted suicide would be an incredibly broad blanket approach to individual and select family situations. For...

Sermon on the Mount

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  • Oct. 18, 2014
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Joni's Painting of the Sermon on the MountThis year Ken and I have been reading through the Bible chronologically – a few days ago we were in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7. It reminded me of the time in 1998 when Ken memorized that passage. That same year we toured Israel – one afternoon, our visit took us to a high hill above the ruins of Capernaum. We wandered through a field to a natural amphitheater tucked on the side of the hill. It was late in the day, all the tour buses were gone, and the hillside was quiet. Ken...

Honoring Ebenezer

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  • Oct. 16, 2014
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In Ghana, Ebenezer receiving the 100,000th wheelchair from Wheels for the WorldWhen Ebenezer was born in Ghana with physical deformities, his mother and father did everything they could to find a medical cure. But when they were told that there was nothing that could be done for Ebenezer, the father decided, “Why don’t we just poison this child and then give birth to another child who will have no defects?” But Agnes—the mother—would have nothing of this plan. Soon, Agnes’ husband left her and Ebenezer all on their own. Last year, it was our honor to gift Ebenezer with his own wheelchair, and it happened to be our 100,000th delivered – this little boy was so excited! In 1 Samuel 7:12, an “Ebenezer” is a memorial reminding us “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” I praise God that He helped little Ebenezer – and I know the Lord will continue to help this little family in a big way! Yesterday was my birthday, so I decided to honor Ebenezer with a gift to Wheels for the World. If you’d like to join me, click here!

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