Joni's Posts July 2016

Summer Interns

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 29, 2016
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Summer InternsMeet the most exceptional group of Cause 4 Life interns ever – these young students have boundless energy, a passion for Jesus, and hearts that love to sing. They just returned from serving as STMs at our Murrieta Hot Springs Family Retreat and loved every minute of it. Right now, they are in Haiti at an orphanage for disabled children – they’re focusing on VBS... 

David Sawayfa

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 28, 2016
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David SawayfaLast month my friend, David Sawayfa, came to the International Disability Center for a visit. David’s story is nothing short of inspiring. He was born into a Muslim family in Palestinian territory in 1988. David was born with a rare condition in which his core abdominal organs were exposed. Worried that he would not live, his parents rushed him...

Face of Anguish

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 26, 2016
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Face of AnguishI was recently going through my art files and came across this portrait from years ago (the original I drew was destroyed, but it was re-created for the movie Joni). It conveys all the terror of “Oh, God, is THIS now my life?!” Maybe you have been there; experienced that, grieved over it, and found the Man of Sorrows in it, sweeter and far more intimate than if the terror never touched you – if I'm describing you, then be further encouraged with these words from Henry Liddon: “Every hard effort generously faced, every sacrifice cheerfully submitted to, every word spoken under difficulties, raises those who...

Cry Out 2016

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 24, 2016
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Cry OutWould you please join me in crying out to God as we pray over the condition of our nation and the world? You, me and thousands of other women will be praying together at the Cry Out 2016 simulcast event hosted by the True Woman National Women's Conference on September 23. Learn more at the True Woman National Women's Conference website. Looking forward to joining you in prayer!

Let's Congratulate Our Volunteers!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 22, 2016
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Volunteers

Don't you love Christians who “never tire of doing what’s good,” like it says in 2 Thessalonians 3:13? Well, Joni and Friends simply couldn't accomplish the...

Max Has My Back

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 20, 2016
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Max Has My BackFive or six years ago, I had to change my chest-harness straps (they keep me safe when riding in the back of my van). The new straps didn't fit quite right; I needed a little extra 'something' behind my back to give support. My friend grabbed a book by Max Lucado off-the-shelf and wedged it behind me. After a few months of using the same book, I would ask, "Where's Max? I need him for my back!" It spawned a litany of phrases: "Max is in the kitchen… Find Max, I think he's on the floor… What, he's in the bathroom?… And don't worry, Max has my...

The Island of Disability

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  • July 18, 2016
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Island of DisabilityFeeling isolated is common when you have a child with special needs. My friend, Shauna, experienced this when she got the news her baby, Sarah, had chromosomal abnormalities. Although her friends loved her, they didn’t know what...

When a Church is Family

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  • July 15, 2016
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Emily ColsonLike me, you probably refer to your congregation as your church family – but what does it look like when church really becomes a family? Better yet, how do people with disabilities make a house of worship feel like a home of worship?

My friend, Emily Colson, recently posted an exceptional story that answers this question. Her 25-year-old son Max has Autism and there was a time Emily and Max could not find their place in a church. But now Emily...

Water Safety

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 13, 2016
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Water SafetyDid you know that national statistics indicate that most spinal injuries occur on the last Saturday of July? We are most active in water-based sports during the summer, and that's why whenever children tour our Joni and Friends International Disability Center, I remind them never to dive in shallow water...

Finding Christ in Cancer

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 11, 2016
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Finding Christ in CancerI just got the results from my latest blood test and, thank the Lord, it shows no indications of recurring cancer. Several of my friends, however, haven't received as good a report. But God is continuing to bless them, as well, as they lean hard on Christ and discover more of his amazing grace through their chemotherapy.

Have a friend who's battling cancer? Katie Burnham has written an excellent book/study guide called Finding Christ in Cancerhere's the link (and think about sending it as a gift to anyone you know battling cancer).

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