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Alicia's Amazing Feat!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 8, 2011
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When Alicia broke her neck several years ago in an accident, a deep, angry depression overwhelmed her. This teenager wanted nothing to do with Family Retreats. Finally we persuaded Alicia and her parents to attend our retreat at Bonclarken, North Carolina – there, amidst other families learning to ‘make their way,’ Alicia opened her heart to Jesus. Praise God, her depression began to lift – everything felt new! A lot of other ‘new’ things happened at Family Retreat, too. Just listen to Alicia tell Joni her most amazing accomplishment at Family Retreat! 

Focus on Families with Disabilities!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 7, 2011
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This week we welcomed Jim Daly and his team from Focus on the Family – they came for a tour of our International Disability Center and to record several interviews with me (to be aired on FOF in August). Jim and his staff do a great job of ministering to families across our nation, and they always refer families affected by disability to us here at Joni and Friends. Great partners in the Gospel, they are! 

Love's Last Calling

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  • July 4, 2011
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Ken and I enjoyed a wonderful 29th wedding anniversary last week-end; we spent the time reminiscing over a few wedding photos – click on the video to enjoy a few!

Happy Fourth of July!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • July 1, 2011
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ken buying lunch for a soldier at the airportKen and I join you in celebrating our precious American freedoms! What's a practical way you can celebrate? Well, whenever Ken and I encounter anyone in uniform, we always smile and say, "Thank you for your service to our country!" Try it the next time you pass by a soldier in the airport :-). Not long ago, when we spotted a soldier at McDonald's, Ken went up, shook his hand, and happily paid his bill. You can personally minister to our brave men and women in uniform, too – consider volunteering at our next Wounded Warrior Getaway. Also, join us in praying for our country this weekend – post your prayer today. And speaking of prayer, I have LOVED reading your comments from my PET scan. Still waiting for results! 

Thanks for Standing With Me!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 29, 2011
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Joni wearing a sun hatAfter I came home from my PET scan yesterday, I was so touched to see so many comments and encouragements on my blog – thank you for praying for me, because we sure needed it! Having them poke around to find a good vein… maneuvering my wheelchair up into the trailer on that forklift… lifting me out of my chair and onto the PET scan tube… getting dressed on that tiny table and back into my chair again. It was not easy...

 

PET Scan Prayers...

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 27, 2011
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Joni and KenOn the afternoon of June 28, I'll have my first PET scan since last year's chemotherapy – we're very optimistic for an "all clear" report, and the neat thing is, God continues to give Ken and me great opportunities to share our confidence in Christ (I think Ken has given out at least 68 'Joni's Story' tracts and 55 Joni books to every medical worker we meet :-). One more thing about June 28...

Meet My Special Guests!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 23, 2011
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If you were tired of living on the streets of Hollywood; tired of drugs and night life…where would you turn? Many turn to Jesus Christ through the ministry of the Walter Hoving Home, a special outreach led by my friends, John and Elsie Benton. The women enter a rehab program which involves a structured regimen to help them build skills toward a healthy, God-honoring lifestyle. Part of their curriculum involves reading the Joni book – and that’s why Elsie likes to bring the ladies for a tour of our International Disability Center. It is ALWAYS a treat for me to share a testimony of my life in Christ with the Walter Hoving group!

group of girls with joni in joni's office

People Who Inspire Joni: Chuck Musfeldt

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 22, 2011
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chuck musfeldtIt’s pretty special when you have a friend who serves as your go-to guy when you have a question about what’s appropriate or right-or-wrong. Dr. Chuck Musfeldt was such a friend to Ken and me – he lived and breathed scripture and in more than a few sticky situations I wondered, What would Dr. Chuck do? Until his recent death in March 2011, Chuck served on the board of directors of Joni and Friends. As international director for Bible Study Fellowship, he and his wife Linda traveled the world encouraging BSF teams from China to Romania. Even though my good friend is with Jesus now, Chuck remains a benchmark of Christian character for me and thousands others. He inspires me still!

A Bible Bee Blast!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 20, 2011
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family visiting joni at the idcgroup of kids visiting joni
Take a look at these happy children, all of whom are participating in the Bible Bee memorization program with their families this summer (their parents brought them for a tour of the International Disability Center). A few may even make it to the National Bible Bee competition in Nashville this fall. These boys and girls understand Psalm 119:11; they have hidden God's word in their hearts that they might not sin against Him. Emmanuel, the little boy on my left, is adopted from Ghana, Africa (so is his sister, Gloria, to my right), and he was so proud to tell me he had memorized all the words to “A Mighty Fortress is our God” from the hymn book CDs. That’s when I learned that all these kids and their parents absolutely love “Hymns for a Kid’s Heart” and my other hymn book CDs for boys and girls. Check it out and encourage the child in your life to learn to love hymns! 

Happy Father's Day!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 15, 2011
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I'm proud to have been named after my Daddy, John King Eareckson; of course, as a little girl I didn't appreciate it much, but that changed with age. My father was a huge force for good in my life and even though he went home to be with Jesus in 1990 (at the age of 90!), hardly a day goes by that I don't thank the Lord that I had such an awesome dad...

joni and her dad on her wedding day

drawing of joni's dad carving in wood - drawn by joni

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