Joni's Posts June 2012

A Touch Tells All...

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 30, 2012
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Brian and NickSometimes the most candid photos at a Family Retreat are the most powerful. Take this one of camper Brian (on the left) and his young STM, Nick. He may still be a young teenager, but you can tell Nick has a heart of maturity and compassion for Brian, as well as his 'job' of volunteering at Spruce Lake Family Retreat II (yesterday was the last day of camp for the families). Retreat not only changes the lives of kids with disabilities and their...

Heading for Haiti

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 29, 2012
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MMA Interns in ClassJoni praying with MMA Interns
Ten of our interns are heading to Haiti today after spending nearly 2 weeks studying disability ministry and the Word of God – their classroom text was Life in the Balance which covers a biblical perspective on the sanctity of life, autism, challenges of special needs families, healthcare, and the genocide of unborn infants with disabilities. This week I had the pleasure of joining the Joni and Friends leadership in 'praying over' these...

A Visit from Nick Vujicic and His Bride

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 28, 2012
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Nick and his wife Kanae with Joni and KenYou probably have heard of Nick Vujicic, the remarkable young man without limbs who travels the world giving the Gospel – but you may not know that he married earlier this year. This week, Nick and his beautiful bride, Kanae, came by our International Disability Center for lunch ‘on the balcony’ and what a blessed time it was sharing the goodness of God in our lives. Ken and I are celebrating our 30th...

Another Family Retreat First

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 25, 2012
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joni playing chopsticksBefore I broke my neck, I took 10 years of piano lessons – and of all the things I miss as a quadriplegic, I really miss playing the piano. So you can imagine my delight when at Family Retreat I was offered the chance to play "Chopsticks" with my husband Ken! (He had to be taught the lower part :-). It was the first time in 45 years I "made music" on a keyboard, and was I thrilled! This is why Ken and I so love Family Retreats. As a couple with a disability, we get ministered to right alongside the rest of the special-needs families. Five top-notch Family Retreats will be underway across the US this week, so join us in asking God...

Square Dancing... Family Retreat Style

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 21, 2012
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joni and ken at a square dance at a family retreatMany years ago when I was on my feet, I used to love square-dancing – and now when Ken and I go to Family Retreats? We usually have a chance to do a few "do-se-dos" and "swing your partners" with a lot of other special-needs families. I love this snapshot of us square dancing at the recent Family Retreat in New England! It's this kind of clap-your-hands, foot-stomping fun that really refreshes weary and worn-out hearts, giving moms and dads a chance to respond to the powerful message of Christ's transforming love. It's a busy summer season at Joni and Friends and next week we'll be holding 5 more Family Retreats – so please be asking God to soften souls to the Gospel of Jesus.

Update on Steve Saint...

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 20, 2012
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God is answering your prayers for our friend, Steve Saint, who suffered a spinal cord injury last week while working at his ministry. We heard good news this morning about Steve’s surgery yesterday – doctors performed a delicate operation to stabilize his neck. And the report for today? Steve’s daughter wrote, saying, “The surgery went very well. One of the biggest things for him is that he is not requiring a neck brace. While he is still in quite a bit of pain, he did stand up for about a minute this morning with help.” This is a huge answer to prayer! For an SCI survivor to be standing this soon after his injury? It’s amazing! Please continue to pray as Steve now goes through the long, arduous process of rehab!

Your Prayers Are Powerful

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 19, 2012
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Thank you so much for praying for our friend, Steve Saint, who underwent surgery today to stabilize the cracked vertebrae in his neck. Word has quickly spread about Steve’s spinal cord injury, and I have been so heartened by your comments on my blog and on Facebook! When I talked with Steve last week, I was moved to tears by his enormous courage and heartfelt desire for God's will and God's will only. We are still awaiting news about his surgery. In the meantime, though, be inspired by what Steve filmed yesterday: Watch Video

Get Your Facebook Friends Praying!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 18, 2012
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steve saintSteve Saint is known around the world as one of the most passionate advocates for global missions. His father, Nate Saint, was one of the missionaries, along with Jim Elliott, who was killed by Auca Indians back in the 50's. Last week, our friend Steve suffered a serious spinal cord injury which has left him paralyzed from the neck down for now. Tomorrow on June 19 he will undergo surgery to stabilize the vertebrae...

Gordon-Conwell Seminary

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 17, 2012
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Friday and Saturday we are at Gordon-Conwell Seminary as part of a disability ministry conference -- and I'm excited to say, the seminary leadership is very interested in including outreach to people with disabilities in their future course offerings! About 200 people are attending the conference, one of whom is 33 year old Cathe Chermisino who was struck by a car at the age of 13 while waking to school. I've known Cathe for the 20 years she's been a vent-dependent quadriplegic -- in fact, I wrote a devotional about her on the November 19 page...

A Kayaking First!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 13, 2012
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joni and ken in a kayakFamily Retreats are always filled with “firsts” for kids or adults with disabilities, as well as parents. And sometimes even Ken and I experience a wonderful “first.” Yesterday they got me into a two-seater kayak and Ken and I had the BEST time. He paddled me out onto the pristine lake amidst the cool and quiet – all I could hear was the lapping of his oars. We drifted in the middle of the lake, overwhelmed and awestruck at God's generosity… at this sweet gift. We always come to Family Retreat praying we will be able to bless others. And then? We come away hugely blessed ourselves. Isn’t that just like our great God?! And today on Wednesday? I’m just...

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