Joni's Posts November 2014

A Final Goodbye to Bobbie...

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 30, 2014
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Bobbie's MemorialI know I've shared a lot of posts about my friend, Bobbie, who recently passed away from ovarian cancer, but when I saw this video from her memorial service, I just had to pass it on to you. I edited it down to begin with her granddaughter, Abby, singing one of Bobbie's favorite hymns. Then it closes with her daughters, Julie and Missy, sharing (and singing their way through) a wonderfully moving eulogy. This brief video powerfully showcases the hope the Christian has when facing death, for "we do not… grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him" (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14). Watch, be encouraged, then share it with your Facebook friends!

A Wedding Celebration

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 29, 2014
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My secretary, Francie, has been serving as 'my hands' at Joni and Friends for almost 34 years – her fast fingers at the keyboard have helped me compose thousands of radio transcripts, hundreds of messages, and scores of books (that's Francie between Ken and me). Earlier this week, the girls who work in the Founder's Office held a celebration luncheon for her – because yesterday, she became a new bride (her...

The Joni Movie

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 28, 2014
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Joni MovieIt was 35 years ago that I played my own part in the Joni movie produced by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (although I did not dive off the raft in the movie, the camera did show me floating face-down in the water)! The Joni film has been shown around the world, and the DVD for home or church viewing has a feature which includes eight languages. Last I heard, more than 250,000 people received Jesus Christ as a result of watching the film. It's what I love about BGEA – their focus is always on evangelism! In fact, I just received this email from an Arab Christian leader who...

Happy Thanksgiving!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 27, 2014
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Ken and JoniThe turkey is in the oven, the table is set, and we're looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends. Ken's sister and nephew are joining us, along with our friends, Judy and Lisa. Afterward, they'll put on their boots, grab their hiking sticks, and take a refreshing walk up into the hills behind our home. And when they arrived back in time for dessert, we'll read Psalm 107 together around the table, then share the many things for which we are thankful to God. Psalm 107:21-23 says, "Let them give thanks to the Lord...

Joni Eareckson Tada Scholarship

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 25, 2014
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Joni Eareckson Tada Scholarship award recipientsI love any reason to visit Azusa Pacific University, and not long ago I was on campus for a special luncheon honoring the student recipients of the Joni Eareckson Tada Scholarship Award. This semester, Cayla Johnson and Jordyn Pfeifer are taking the "Disability, Suffering and the Church" class at APU – upon graduating, they both are planning careers serving special-needs families. If you are in high school and considering a Christian college (or you know someone who is), take a close look at Azusa Pacific University – they are training up exceptional, young Christian leaders who are...

My Gratitude Journal

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 24, 2014
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Gratitude JournalIt's Thanksgiving week, and we have much for which to be grateful to God – health, strength, safety and so much more. But if, for you, this seems to be a season of loss or great hardship, remember Habakkuk. He said, “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice...

Good Shepherd of My Soul

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  • Nov. 22, 2014
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Kristyn Getty and Joni Eareckson TadaWith Thanksgiving less than a week away, my heart is brimming over with gratitude to God for so many things – oh, how faithfully He has led me through one physical challenge after the next. No matter how rocky the path, Jesus always leads me to green pastures. Take a moment to enjoy this beautiful new hymn called "Good Shepherd of my Soul" written recently by Keith and Kristyn Getty – it was a joy to sing it with them at October's True Woman 14 conference. I'm including the words so you can sing along with us…

Biblical Training for You

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  • Nov. 21, 2014
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Tyson SnedekerOne of my favorite Bible training websites is biblicaltraining.org. These friends are completely dedicated to equipping God's people in the Word… with no tuition. Lots of my friends with disabilities are earning their degrees in biblical education by going online to this well-respected website. And Joni and Friends is working hard to connect more special-needs families to this...

Ebenezer's "Ebenezer"

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 19, 2014
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EbenezerWhen Ebenezer was born in Uganda with badly twisted ankles, his mother and father did everything they could to find a medical cure. When they were told that nothing that could be done, the father said, “Why don’t we just poison this child and give birth to another child who doesn't have defects?” But Agnes—the mother—would have nothing of this plan; and soon, her husband left her and Ebenezer on their own. This past summer...

Elijah's Up Syndrome

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 18, 2014
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Lindsay, Joseph, Elijah, and JoniMeet Joseph and Lindsay Rangel who lead worship at their church near Fresno, California – Joseph is holding his beautiful little boy, Elijah. When I learned that Elijah had Down syndrome, his daddy said, "We like to call it Up syndrome, not Down. No one lights up a room quite like Elijah. He's one of the most 'up' little boys I...

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