People Who Inspire Joni: Diana Mood

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 15, 2010
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Joni with Diana MoodI first met Diana when we were classmates in 10th grade Biology at Woodlawn Senior High School – from then on out, we remained fast friends. Music and our love of hymns is what drew us tightly together – plus, we both enjoyed playing the piano and singing in school choir! The 1967 diving accident in which I broke my neck only brought us closer together; Diana forfeited a year at college to stay on the family farm and help take care of me. Now, over four decades later, Diana is still ministering to people with disabilities through Global Transformation Network, an organization that is promoting disability ministry in Africa. Dedicated and passionate about the Gospel, this long-time friend is a true inspiration!


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Joni, Your my hero. You really inspire me because you know what it's like to have a disability. I throughly enjoy watching Joni and Friends because it's about people like me. I thank God that I got a chance to be your friend!
  • Jan. 28, 2011
  • 8:24 p.m.
  • Jennifer Campbell
Dear Joni, I was just looking at one of your Christmas cards, the one that has the painting of the angel holding the holly leaf. It says Joy to the world. It is the most real angel I have ever seen. It is a beautiful expression of Joy and life I have ever seen. I love it and I wanted you to know. Love and prayers to you Joni. your sister in Christ, Barbara Jean Smith
  • Dec. 30, 2010
  • 10:01 a.m.
  • Barbara Jean Smith
Hi, Joni! I'm 30 years old now - but back when I was 10 years old I met you when my family came to one of your retreats at Cannon Beach Conference Center on the northern Oregon coast. My family is still serving and following our Lord. We love you and are praying for you. Here is a passage from the Bible that comforts and encourages me: Psalm 18:28-29 "You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall." Joni, whenever God has asked me to go out on a limb for Him and I have responded in obedience, He has proved Himself faithful to me in pulling me over whatever "wall" is facing me. I need to be reminding myself of this fact right now! Thank you for being God's faithful instrument - I am inspired to "push in" to Jesus when I reflect on your life and example.
  • Dec. 10, 2010
  • 12:52 a.m.
  • David Rutherford
Joni, I remember you from Young Life and Duke VanSant? Remember those days? Thats was my beginning walk with the Lord. You were an inspiration then, and several times you have been in our church brochure. As most people, my walk with God has had it's ups and downs. But you were there at the beginning. I am happy to say that I am definately in an "up" period, and pray to stay that way. Thank you for your dedication and ministry. Do you know anything about Duke? God bless you as you cross this next hurdle.
  • Nov. 29, 2010
  • 9:26 a.m.
  • Judy Myers
Joni, I read your Blogs often and am staying encourged as we encounter on this endevior, of bringing this need in the light of our national church (Church of God In Christ) Keep us in your prayers as we do the same for you
  • Nov. 20, 2010
  • 7:46 a.m.
  • Nancy R. Jones
Praise the Lord for a faithful friend and servant of the Lord. What a sweet picture of the two of you. I am re-reading your latest book Joni. It is encouraging while flat on my back. God bless you and Ken during these difficult days for you. One day: "Oh that wll be glory for me......."
  • Nov. 15, 2010
  • 4:17 p.m.
  • Theresa Schwartz
A friend loveth at all times...Proverbs 17:17. What a picture of true, Christian friendship. You both are blessed; how rare it is to have a life long friend these days.
  • Nov. 15, 2010
  • 2:53 p.m.
  • Wendy O.
What a great picture! (love the hair - I remember those looks!) Wonderful that you have a long time friend - and that she shares your heart for the disabled. Praying for Diana's ministry as well as for yours. So many needs - and such a blessing that lives can be reached and transformed! Praying for your personal needs, too, Joni! God bless, Kathy
  • Nov. 15, 2010
  • 11:14 a.m.
  • Kathy Roeth
Hi Joni! How are you today?? Chicago is a real trip. I am going to paint an abstract picture of how reality is here. Love you and Ken very much. Lynda Susan Venia
  • Nov. 15, 2010
  • 9:05 a.m.
  • Lynda Venia