Every school year, Azusa Pacific University awards scholarships to select students who have a heart to serve people with disabilities – this year, Sarah Koehler and Sarah Browning were recipients of the Joni Eareckson Tada Scholarship Award, and I couldn't be more honored. The purpose of the scholarship is to identify, encourage, train, and prepare undergraduate social work and practical theology students called to disability ministry – they must demonstrate high academic standards, leadership skills, and be enrolled in the "Suffering: Theological and Practical Perspectives on Disabilities" class at APU. These exceptional students are definitely demonstrating Romans 12:11, "Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord." So congratulations to Sarah K. and Sarah B. for pursuing careers that will truly bless special-needs families! (Know a student at Azusa Pacific University? Introduce them to the Joni Eareckson Tada Scholarship here on APU's website).
- Response Provides encouragement, information, and resources to people with disabilities.
- Church Relations Equipping churches for disability ministry.
- International Outreach Heightening disability awareness and training worldwide.
- International Family Retreats Providing Christian retreats in other nations for families affected by disability.
- Total Access International outreach teams that focus on accessibility construction projects.