Joni's Corner

Welcome to My Corner ... and My Diamonds in the Dust Video series!

Every week I am highlighting a special lesson from God's Word that has helped me live in my wheelchair for nearly five decades ... with a smile! And my heart’s desire is to pass along these short, yet deep little lessons to you, in hopes that the insights will inspire you, too, to follow Jesus willingly and gladly down difficult roads. Why do I call this series Diamonds in the Dust? Well, as I’ve traveled this rocky path of paralysis, I have discovered many diamonds in the dust, slivers of scripture packed with power — a fragment from a biblical proverb or a snippet of a Psalm ... Each week, I share one of those diamonds in this 1-minute video series. So, stop by every Monday for a new, heartening, and encouraging lesson!

This Week’s Video: When Problems Stay

When you were a kid bumps and bruises were an easy fix but grown-up problems… not quite so simple. However, Joni Eareckson Tada shares a powerful promise that will give you just the encouragement you need when it feels like life is knocking you around.

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.

Francesca Naijipu

FrancescaIt’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 ...

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Ellen Dibler

                    Ellen DiblerJoni and Ellen

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 ...

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Share Your Story with Us

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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