Joni's Posts June 2014

Be Part of a Wonderful Legacy!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 30, 2014
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Joni and Ken in El SalvadorAs you may have seen on our home page, Joni and Friends is setting an unprecedented goal to deliver 3500 pediatric wheelchairs to needy disabled children in one year! I am so excited about this campaign we are calling the Wheels for the World Legacy Gift – I have seen firsthand the overwhelming need in developing nations. So please take a moment and learn the details about this amazing campaign – and join my husband Ken and me in giving a Wheels for the World Legacy Gift (we're giving in honor of a friend of ours who is disabled). Spread the news to your Facebook friends about our Legacy Gift opportunity – it's a wonderful way to leave a legacy, as well as bless some of the world's neediest...

Sunday Reflections

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 29, 2014
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Bird NecklaceMy friend, Kenon Neal, is in a serious battle against cancer, yet she perseveres with a smile – and I love her for it. Sometime ago she gave me this little 'birdcage' necklace in appreciation for a poem she read in one of my books. The poem had first blessed me in the early years when I was struggling with my paralysis. It was written in the 1700s by Madame Guyon (a French noblewoman who was in a dungeon for 10 years) and is called "A Little Bird Am I" – if you are feeling confined by a trial today, I pray it will bless you as it has me, my friend Kenon, and...

The Family Retreat "Bubble"

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 26, 2014
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Joni in a BubbleIt is so heartening to see these bone-weary families break forth in joyful celebration here at Family Retreat! It is so awesome :-). And last night, after the disabled kids and their siblings finished, I actually was put inside a bubble :-). I couldn't believe it myself - so you have to see it happen in this video! Tonight is Talent Night - an opportunity for these families to shine on stage. THANK for your prayers!!

Questions About Giving the Gospel to Disabled People

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 26, 2014
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The Comfort ZoneWhen it comes to approaching a person with a disability with the Gospel, what are important points to remember? Should the salvation message be ‘modified’ in any way? What about covering a disabled person’s questions about God's goodness and the problem of suffering? Recently Ray Comfort on The Comfort Zone interviewed me on these topics and others – take a look and be encouraged as you share the Good News with the disabled people...

Wonderful News from Family Retreat…

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 25, 2014
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Michael with JoniKen Tada and I are having a blast here at Family Retreat in Pennsylvania – it's a jam-packed camp with many extra families (all because the conference center, bless their hearts, added 12 new accessible rooms :-). There's also a record number of short-term missionaries (STM's) serving. Michael who has CP (pictured here) is one of our STM's who has a disability (check out the words on a shirt). One first-time STM is Marcia – she's bright, young, and works at the Wall Street Journal in Manhattan. I thought you'd enjoy reading what one 'rising star' in the media has to say about her experience so far at Family Retreat!

Meet the Amazing Katie Sorensen

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 24, 2014
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Katie and JoniLast week, Katie stopped by the International Disability Center for a quick visit, and dropped by my office to snap a 'selfie.' Although Katie has brittle bone syndrome and uses a wheelchair, she has attained so many incredible goals in her young life. She has her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from USC and has served on leadership teams at our Joni and Friends' International Family Retreats in China, Thailand, and Ghana (I'm amazed that her wheelchair shows up in one piece). Are you a disabled person who is looking for leadership opportunities? Follow in Katie's tire-tracks and come serve with Joni and Friends. We love positioning people with disabilities in leadership roles… especially overseas.

Families Arrive Today!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 23, 2014
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Mission Springs Family RetreatWe are here at Spruce Lake Family Retreat up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania – and families are arriving all day long! Plus, special-needs families are arriving at lots of other Family Retreats. I'm astounded at all the ministry that's happening just this week – JAF interns are serving in Haiti and Uganda, plus Wheels for the World teams are in Poland, and International Family Retreats are being held in Serbia, Ghana, and Romania. Please join me in praying that the Holy Spirit will revive disabled people and their families who are weary. Most of all, pray that children and adults will invite Christ to sit on the throne of their hearts. After all, it's what Joni and Friends is all about!

Reflections from Steve Saint

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 22, 2014
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Steve Saint Flying
It has been two years since Steve Saint, well-known missionary, suffered a severe spinal-cord injury that made him an "incomplete quadriplegic." What does life look like in the wake of this type of injury? What does faith look like? Can we really say that God doesn't waste any hurts? Steve speaks to all aspects of this "next chapter" in his journey in a way that invites you to think of how God can use your own hurts to reach the world for Christ. It's a great testimony to watch on a Sunday afternoon!

Couples' Dinner at Family Retreat

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 21, 2014
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Couples DinnerToday Ken and I are heading to Spruce Lake Family Retreat in Pennsylvania (other US retreats are starting fresh on Monday morning, including International Family Retreats in Romania, Serbia, and Ghana :-). But I just had to show you snapshots from this week's Mission Springs Family Retreat in the Bay Area. The Couples' Dinner is always a big hit for weary moms and dads – it's a chance for a quiet, romantic dinner with your spouse (while STM's have a blast with the disabled kids and siblings)! I'm always astounded at the way God uses these evenings to refresh the hearts of exhausted parents. So my hat is off to the amazing volunteers who make certain every detail for these couples' dinners is just-right – from the STM's to local churches who get involved, God bless you!

Emme's Car Wash

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 20, 2014
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Emme's Car WashHave you met the November Star Kid yet? Her name is Emme and she is 12 years old. Her sister Gabi used a wheelchair before she went to be with Jesus, so Emme knows how important a wheelchair can be. So what did Emme do? First, she took big canning jars and made them into money collectors. Then she put them around her town so people could drop money in. A lot of people gave money, but Emme had a big dream. She wanted to raise enough money for 10 wheelchairs! So she planned a carwash, too! She asked people from her church to volunteer and local businesses donated supplies. The carwash was better than she imagined! Can you guess how many wheelchairs Emme can help Joni and Friends send with the money she raised? Seventeen! Pretty cool, huh? Learn more about Emme and then check out this application because you could be a Star Kid, too!

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