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.
It’s one thing to grow up with a disability in America, but quite another, in Africa – 36-year-old Francesca Naijipu was born into the Samburu tribe in Kenya; she had spina bifida. Because her tribe believed that her disability was a curse on the community, her grandmother prepared a lethal concoction to end Francesca’s life. Thankfully, her mother rescued her – from there, most of Francesca’s life was filled with rejection, abuse, and overwhelming hardship. One day when she was ‘scooting’ to school through the dirt, she was almost trampled by elephants! Her legs were so badly damaged from the ...More Information
I am always inspired by other women with disabilities who keep persevering through every challenge – especially women who, like me, are aging. Meet Ellen Dibler who has lived with spina bifida longer than anyone else in the US – she’s over 70 years old, has been married to her husband Larry for over 40 years, and remains actively involved in Joni and Friends/Texas. She and Larry have two sons and they are happy grandparents to eight wonderful grandchildren. What inspires me most about Ellen, is ...More Information
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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