People That Inspire Joni
In our journey through life, we all need people to inspire us along the way—and I’m no exception. I thank God for sending me true models of inspiration, and I have the pleasure of introducing you to some of them here.
Most of us know John Newton as the author of the timeless hymn, “Amazing Grace.” At a young age, Newton worked on slave ships, and was an active part of the slave trade. After Newton came to Christ, he became active in the abolition movement, living to see Britain's abolition of the African slave trade in 1807. Newton was a humble, sweet-spirited man, and his reflections on the Christian faith are, to me, so inspiring. Like this quote, "Some Christians are called to endure a disproportionate amount of suffering. Such Christians are a spectacle of grace to the church ...More Information
Mrs. Johnson was my sixth grade teacher and she instilled within me a wonderful thirst to learn -- she was determined to help her young students see that history, science, English, math, and social studies were fascinating themes filled with interesting people and facts. I credit her for giving me my desire to study. And for that, I consider her pretty inspirational! Can you think of a teacher who has inspired you?!
(By the way, see if you can pick me out in the class).
Share With Us Your Story
One of the best things about Joni and Friends is the "and Friends." That's you! Our ministry is a marvelous network of servants and leaders, young and old, able and disabled, from the U.S. and around the world, all of whom share a special love for the Lord Jesus, as well as a deep desire to make Him real to a skeptical world. You already know my story, but I'd like to hear yours -- burdens are lifted and joy is multiplied when we open our hearts to each other. So thank you for writing me and telling me about the Lord's work in your life. And who knows? Some of what you say may end up in one of our "Joni and Friends" radio programs or in one of our newsletters. Whichever, thank you for encouraging others (and encouraging me) with your story!
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