Jamaican Christian School for the Deaf

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 27, 2017
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Jamaican Christian School for the Deaf

In Mark 16 Jesus told his disciples to, “Go to all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Early on in my ministry, I took that Bible verse to heart, traveling everywhere … the mountains of Chile, the Soviet Union, rural Africa — you name it! Back then, many places were not wheelchair accessible, but I had the stamina; I had the energy. Besides, I had a mission: to bring the Good News of Jesus to people with disabilities! But now? Though my mission hasn’t changed, I can no longer go everywhere and anywhere. Years of sitting in a wheelchair and chronic pain have taken a toll on my body, and I really can’t tolerate long-distance flights. Still, God has provided me with multiple platforms to share my message near and far — like my newsletter, for example. Just recently, Dr. Theron Stalling, a chiropractor in Colorado who loves missionary work, shared with me that he took multiple printed copies of my newsletters all the way to Jamaica. Dr. Stallings was going to be presenting at the First Jamaica School for the Deaf and he wanted to motivate these children to look beyond their disability. To his surprise, many of these kids had no clue what quadriplegia was! But boy were they encouraged when they learned I could paint with my mouth, had a wonderful husband, and that I was a writer and public speaker. Just look at these bright children signing “I love you”!
Perhaps like me, a disability or chronic pain has limited your ability to physically “go to all the world” … but that doesn’t mean you can’t share your testimony and the Gospel of Jesus to those in need through Facebook or YouTube. Or maybe you could send a letter in the mail to an old friend who lives out of state … or post your story down below in the comment section, so others can be encouraged. Remember, no matter what, we’ve got a mission!

In Mark 16 Jesus told his disciples to, “Go to all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Early on in my ministry, I took that Bible verse to heart, traveling everywhere… the mountains of Chile, the Soviet Union, rural Africa — you name it! Back then, many places were not wheelchair accessible, but I had the stamina; I had the energy. Besides, I had a mission: to bring the Good News of Jesus to people with disabilities! But now? Though my mission hasn’t changed, I can no longer go everywhere and anywhere. Years of sitting in a wheelchair and chronic pain have taken a toll on my body, and I really can’t tolerate long-distance flights. Still, God has provided me with multiple platforms to share my message near and far — like my newsletter, for example.

Just recently, Dr. Theron Stalling, a chiropractor in Colorado who loves missionary work, shared with me that he took multiple printed copies of my newsletters all the way to Jamaica. Dr. Stallings was going to be presenting at the First Jamaica School for the Deaf and he wanted to motivate these children to look beyond their disability. To his surprise, many of these kids had no clue what quadriplegia was! But boy were they encouraged when they learned I could paint with my mouth, had a wonderful husband, and that I was a writer and public speaker. Just look at these bright children signing “I love you”!

Perhaps like me, a disability or chronic pain has limited your ability to physically “go to all the world…" but that doesn’t mean you can’t share your testimony and the Gospel of Jesus to those in need through Facebook or YouTube. Or maybe you could send a letter in the mail to an old friend who lives out of state… or post your story down below in the comment section, so others can be encouraged. Remember, no matter what, we’ve got a mission!

 
 

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This really hit home with me today ! I have Parkinson's Disease and wear a brace on my leg. A year ago, I went to Rwanda, Africa to tell my story. After I came back, I started writing short devotionals and put them out on Facebook. Today, someone accepted Christ after reading one of my devotionals ! PTL ! I have always wanted to be a missionary in a foreign land, but I find that I am already on the mission field right here !
  • Dec. 27, 2017
  • 3:40 p.m.
  • Darlene O'Lena
Dear Joni, thank you for the encouragement. In June, 2013, I suffered an infection that led to chronic pain. Since then I've felt pain everyday. I was in the mission field but knew I could not continue as I was...so, I've hidden myself from life...even though I have been busy with serving at my local church. Recently, I've realised that everything has a reason to happen...the good and the bad... and that even though I'm in pain I can still do greater things for God's glory. My desire is to draw closer to God and from that place be able to reach for those that have in some way been hurt and point them to Christ the only one that can heal the broken and give the grace to bear our pain. Romans 8:28-39 Blessings
  • Dec. 27, 2017
  • 10 a.m.
  • Bela Coelho