Joni's Posts June 2011

Thanks for Standing With Me!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 29, 2011
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Joni wearing a sun hatAfter I came home from my PET scan yesterday, I was so touched to see so many comments and encouragements on my blog – thank you for praying for me, because we sure needed it! Having them poke around to find a good vein… maneuvering my wheelchair up into the trailer on that forklift… lifting me out of my chair and onto the PET scan tube… getting dressed on that tiny table and back into my chair again. It was not easy...

 

PET Scan Prayers...

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 27, 2011
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Joni and KenOn the afternoon of June 28, I'll have my first PET scan since last year's chemotherapy – we're very optimistic for an "all clear" report, and the neat thing is, God continues to give Ken and me great opportunities to share our confidence in Christ (I think Ken has given out at least 68 'Joni's Story' tracts and 55 Joni books to every medical worker we meet :-). One more thing about June 28...

Meet My Special Guests!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 23, 2011
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If you were tired of living on the streets of Hollywood; tired of drugs and night life…where would you turn? Many turn to Jesus Christ through the ministry of the Walter Hoving Home, a special outreach led by my friends, John and Elsie Benton. The women enter a rehab program which involves a structured regimen to help them build skills toward a healthy, God-honoring lifestyle. Part of their curriculum involves reading the Joni book – and that’s why Elsie likes to bring the ladies for a tour of our International Disability Center. It is ALWAYS a treat for me to share a testimony of my life in Christ with the Walter Hoving group!

group of girls with joni in joni's office

People Who Inspire Joni: Chuck Musfeldt

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 22, 2011
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chuck musfeldtIt’s pretty special when you have a friend who serves as your go-to guy when you have a question about what’s appropriate or right-or-wrong. Dr. Chuck Musfeldt was such a friend to Ken and me – he lived and breathed scripture and in more than a few sticky situations I wondered, What would Dr. Chuck do? Until his recent death in March 2011, Chuck served on the board of directors of Joni and Friends. As international director for Bible Study Fellowship, he and his wife Linda traveled the world encouraging BSF teams from China to Romania. Even though my good friend is with Jesus now, Chuck remains a benchmark of Christian character for me and thousands others. He inspires me still!

A Bible Bee Blast!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 20, 2011
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family visiting joni at the idcgroup of kids visiting joni
Take a look at these happy children, all of whom are participating in the Bible Bee memorization program with their families this summer (their parents brought them for a tour of the International Disability Center). A few may even make it to the National Bible Bee competition in Nashville this fall. These boys and girls understand Psalm 119:11; they have hidden God's word in their hearts that they might not sin against Him. Emmanuel, the little boy on my left, is adopted from Ghana, Africa (so is his sister, Gloria, to my right), and he was so proud to tell me he had memorized all the words to “A Mighty Fortress is our God” from the hymn book CDs. That’s when I learned that all these kids and their parents absolutely love “Hymns for a Kid’s Heart” and my other hymn book CDs for boys and girls. Check it out and encourage the child in your life to learn to love hymns! 

Happy Father's Day!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 15, 2011
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I'm proud to have been named after my Daddy, John King Eareckson; of course, as a little girl I didn't appreciate it much, but that changed with age. My father was a huge force for good in my life and even though he went home to be with Jesus in 1990 (at the age of 90!), hardly a day goes by that I don't thank the Lord that I had such an awesome dad...

joni and her dad on her wedding day

drawing of joni's dad carving in wood - drawn by joni

Thank You

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 14, 2011
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joni and ken holding up a quiltToday, June 14th, marks a full year since we discovered the cancerous lump in my breast – and with an entire year gone by, Ken and I are celebrating this milestone of God's gracious gift of healing, health and hope (the photo is a prayer quilt friends made for me shortly after my surgery)! I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the many prayers you offered up on my behalf. I am still feeling the repercussions of all your intercessions. Celebrate with me by letting me hear from you on my blog – it’s onward and upward into the future with our Savior leading the way!

People Who Inspire Joni: Lon and Brenda Solomon… and Jill

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 13, 2011
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joni and ken at Jill's houseEven though Pastor Lon Solomon oversees a growing congregation at McLean Bible Church in Virginia, he and his wife Brenda view their disabled daughter Jill as their biggest inspiration. They had a dream to build “Jill’s House” adjacent to their church campus – a beautiful state-of-the-art respite center where parents could bring their disabled child to enjoy a break. The facility is now a reality and Ken and I had the honor of touring “Jill’s House” during a recent trip to Washington DC. This new respite center is a huge help to so many families. Lon and Brenda and Jill? You are an inspiration to thousands!

I Love Visits from Kids…

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 10, 2011
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group of kids in joni's office watching her use her computerYesterday a group of third graders from Hillcrest Christian School came by for a tour of our International Disability Center – of course, it always involves a special visit to my office and art studio, too. Here the students are watching me operate my computer by voice activation (they love it when I say "smiley face" and a :-) appears on the screen)! Always, though, I try to instill within boys and girls an interest in disability...

I Need Your Help!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 3, 2011
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joni at a family retreat talking with a girl with down sydromeOur season of Family Retreats is upon us and we are amazed at the record numbers of special-needs families signing up. I checked in with our Family Retreat department this week and families are already on waiting lists. The problem? We need more volunteers! So, please pray about serving Jesus this summer by helping a family at one of our retreats – where exactly is the need? Joni and Friends is in urgent need of short-term missionaries for...