Joni's Posts February 2016

Start with Hello!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 29, 2016
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Start with HelloEveryone needs access and acceptance — especially families with special needs. They need access to church buildings, programs, and staff, but they also need to feel accepted by the body of Christ. So, how can we embrace people affected by disability to make them feel welcomed and remind them they are needed? By making our churches irresistible so that families can find authentic community built on the hope of Jesus. Friend, Luke 14 calls us to “Go out quickly … find the blind, the lame, and the crippled … and compel them to come!” So, what are you waiting for? Learn how you can help your church be...

Sign up for summer internships at Joni and Friends!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 26, 2016
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Cause 4 Life InternsWith temperatures in the 70s and 80s in Los Angeles, this winter sure has felt like summer! And even though summer is still a few months away, it will be here before you know it. It’s why if you are a college student (or know of one) wondering what to do over summer break, I encourage you to check out our Joni and Friends Cause4Life internship programs. Through our internships, you’ll be able to develop your...

Dialysis at Sea

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 22, 2016
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Shirley with nurseBilly Burnett, my friend and CFO of Joni and Friends, just celebrated 50 years of marriage to his lovely wife, Shirley! As Billy shared with me, these many years of marriage have been filled with joy, but also challenges — especially as Shirley’s kidneys are failing to function properly. With multiple weekly visits to the dialysis clinic, they weren’t sure how or where they could celebrate. Then they learned about “Dialysis at Sea Cruises” — a medical provider that specializes in...

APU's Disability Awareness Week

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 19, 2016
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APU's Disability Awareness WeekFew things get me more excited than seeing students embrace people with disabilities. It’s why I am delighted to learn of Azusa Pacific University’s first annual Disability Awareness Week, with main events on March 2 and 4. Students and members of the community will gain new perspective on...

A Funny Thing Happened at Walmart...

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 18, 2016
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DonMy friend Don has lived as a quadriplegic in a wheelchair almost as long as I have – and I'm always inspired by his upbeat, positive attitude (plus he and his wife Mary continue to collect wheelchairs for our Wheels for the World outreach). The other day he wrote, "Hey, Joni ... I was sitting inside Walmart...

People Who Inspire Joni: My Sisters

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  • Feb. 16, 2016
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Joni and her sisters.As the youngest of four girls, I scurried to keep up with my older, more athletic sisters — Linda is the eldest, then my sister Jay Kay, and closest to me in age is Kathy. After the 1967 diving accident in which I became paralyzed, my sisters rolled their sleeves up and helped me through all the ups and downs as I adjusted to life in a wheelchair. Patient and persevering, they inspire me to this day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 14, 2016
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Ken and JoniHappy Valentine’s Day! It’s a day for flowers, chocolates, romantic dinners … and it’s the day I get to celebrate my sweet husband of 33 years, Ken Tada! That day when Ken and I made our marriage vows, we hadn’t a clue of what marriage with a disability would look like. And the truth is, we have faced many challenges. With my quadriplegia, chronic pain, and recent battle with cancer — life has not gotten...

The Glow of the Cross

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 11, 2016
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The Glow of the CrossMy friend, Dr. Zhang Xu, lives in China and suffered a broken neck many years ago. After he read the “Joni” book in the hospital, he not only came to Christ, but sensed a burden to reach other people with disabilities in his country for Christ. He started an organization called Bethesda Rehab Ministry of Anshan, China...

5,000 wheelchairs restored Arizona State Prison!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 10, 2016
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Arizona State PrisonEvery year, our Wheels for the World teams travel to countries like India, El Salvador, China and Ghana — providing wheelchairs and Bibles to adults and children with disabilities. Hundreds of thousands have received the gift of mobility and the hope of Jesus, but none of it could be done without the help of prisoners...

Are You a Young Leader with a Disability?

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 8, 2016
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Maddy and JoniYesterday, I spent time with Maddy, a new Cause 4 Life intern at Joni and Friends who happens to have mild cerebral palsy. As I watched her work with our TV and Visual Media Department, I kept thinking, this young woman is going places! The way Maddy handles her disability and her surroundings tells me that...

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