Joni's Posts July 2014

Bethesda Part 1 - Compassion

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 31, 2014
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Bethesda Part 1 - Compassion Bible StudyMy friends Paul and Jill Miller have written an excellent series of Bible studies to be taught to people with intellectual disabilities! This extraordinary curriculum is designed to teach life-changing biblical principles to those with Down syndrome, autism, or other intellectual challenges. There's even a wonderful leader's guide, covering every question you might have about teaching such a class :-). Today, Westminster Seminary Bookstore is having a special 'launch' of Bethesda Part 1 - Compassion, so be sure to check it out.

The Day That Changed Everything

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 30, 2014
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Joni on a stryker frameJoni: An Unforgettable Story

Today, 47 years ago, I took a reckless dive into shallow water – it was a fateful dive which completely altered my life. At first, when doctors told me I would be a quadriplegic, I sank into a deep depression. Thankfully, Christian friends were praying and, eventually, I began to take a closer look at the Bible to see what God had to say about my plight. I learned that the God of the Bible is not sometimes sovereign. He does not occupy the throne one day and vacate it the next. He is supremely in charge (often for purposes we cannot understand the side of eternity). But as we trust Him, some of those purposes can become plain. And for me, His purpose has meant giving the love of Christ to...

Pray for Iraqi Christians!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 29, 2014
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Deserted homes in IraqLike you, I'm heartbroken by the recent turmoil in the Middle East. But while the media has been focusing on the Israeli-Gaza conflict, little attention has been focused on the desperate plight of Christians in Iraq. The Christian community in Mosul, Iraq, is one of the oldest surviving group of disciples -- it was established during the first missionary journeys of the New Testament church. Recently, however, Islamic fundamentalists forced the exodus of thousands of Christians, leaving Christianity near extinction in that part of the world. These dear brothers and sisters in Christ have been uprooted from their homes while Islamic soldiers have destroyed their churches, many up to 1,800 years old. Ask God to protect these believers, and keep the Christian faith alive...

Band of Brothers

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 28, 2014
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Ken holding a large fish that he caught fly-fishingKen headed out early this morning with his Bible-study buddies for a week of fly-fishing on the Madison River in Montana. I'm a big believer in encouraging Ken to not only pursue his dreams (like catching another trout like this monster), but to forge deeper relationships with his men friends. He has invested years in developing these friendships -- he knows these faithful believers will “cover his back” when the devil’s bullets start flying. He calls these men his “band of brothers.” The line comes from Shakespeare’s account of Henry V at Agincourt. King Henry’s army had been reduced to a small band of tired and weary men. They were outnumbered by the French five to one. But Henry rallies them with these words of inspiration...

Meet Beth… Cause 4 Life Intern

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 26, 2014
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Beth and JoniJoni and Friends is hosting over 60 interns this summer, and many have disabilities. Like Beth from Alabama who struggles daily with chronic pain, fatigue, and other medical issues. Beth enjoyed classroom studies at our IDC, a week serving at a Family Retreat, and assisting in various departments, including radio. Beth was a huge inspiration to me (as I deal daily with pain). Beth's smile through every hardship was a constant reminder that Christian joy goes a lot deeper than the surface – her joy is a quiet, glad confidence in her Savior; her contentment is rock-solid; and her peace is profound. Hebrews 10:25 says, "Let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching." That's your goal for this weekend. Encourage someone through your joy, contentment, and peace in Christ!

Another Kind of Courage in Africa

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  • July 24, 2014
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Father at International Family Retreat in Ghana reading Another Kind of CourageNo matter where you travel in the world, caring parents of kids with disabilities share a common bond: they want the best for their children. But it takes great courage to raise a child with special-needs. It's why I was especially touched by this father-and-son photo taken at our recent International Family Retreat in Ghana, West Africa. While his little boy naps, Dad gleans wisdom from our book Another Kind of Courage, authored by Joni and Friends President Doug Mazza, and Vice President, Steve Bundy (both are fathers of kids with severe disabilities). If you know a dad who is raising a special-needs child, tell him about this extraordinary book (or order a copy for him today) – it'll inspire, refresh, and bless his heart!

Leave a Rich Legacy!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 22, 2014
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Wheels for the World LegacyMy heart aches for the children of the world who are disabled. And Joni and Friends is setting an unprecedented goal to deliver 3500 pediatric wheelchairs to needy disabled children in one year! We are calling this campaign the Wheels for the World Legacy Gift. The plight of boys and girls with disabilities...

Chloe's Wish

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 22, 2014
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Joni and Ken with Chloe and her familyNot long ago the Sunshine Foundation in Canada asked if I would be willing to 'spend an afternoon' with Chloe, an 18-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who lives with her family in central British Columbia (the Foundation's purpose is similar to 'Make a Wish'). My life story has inspired Chloe over the years and, in fact, my books and videos helped her out of a recent time of deep depression. It was her wish to one day meet me… and the Sunshine Foundation made it happen last week! We enjoyed a great time together, and I'm hoping Chloe will come and serve next year as an intern with Joni and Friends. Perhaps her family will even attend one of our Family Retreats. I am so honored to have an influence on Chloe's life, for Titus 2:5 says, "In everything set them an example by doing what is good." So today, be mindful of the example you...

Bobbie’s Testimony

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 20, 2014
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Most of you know that Bobbie Wolgemuth and I, along with her husband Robert, and John MacArthur, wrote and recorded a series of hymn books and CDs some years ago highlighting timeless hymns of the faith. Bobbie and I are often called “The Hymn Ladies” and I love harmonizing with her whenever we’re together. Over two years ago, Bobbie was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer – much chemotherapy and experimental treatments were not able to abate the cancer, so her doctors have placed Bobbie’s condition completely in the Lord's hands. Even though the prognosis does not look positive, my amazing friend continues to sing hymns and share the joy of the Lord – I was so deeply touched by her recent testimony on this video, I just had to share it with you. Hers is truly an inspiring story!  

My Pain Pal, Brittany

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 18, 2014
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Pain Pals: Brittany and JoniShe's only in her 20s, but Brittany deals daily with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (her body's 'on switch' for pain doesn't turn off). Brittany's disability has driven her deep into her Savior's arms. She often quotes John Piper who wrote, "Life is not a straight line leading from one blessing to the next and then finally to heaven. Life is a winding and troubled road. And the point of biblical stories like Joseph, Job, Esther and Ruth is to help us feel in our bones (not just know in our heads) that God is for us in all these strange turns. God is not just showing up after the trouble and cleaning it up. He is plotting the course and managing the troubles with far-reaching purposes for our good and for the glory of Jesus Christ.” Should the Spirit move you, please pray for Brittany today – and all those you know who struggle with chronic pain. God takes us where we would never normally intend to go in order to produce in us what we could never achieve on our own… a lesson my young friend is learning well. Should you be dealing with pain, may God give you the same grace that sustains the smile on Brittany's face!

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