The Early Years

  • Oct. 11, 2017
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I was barely 30 years old when I left our farm in Maryland and moved to California to begin Joni and Friends. 

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. I was barely 30 years old when I left our farm in Maryland and moved to California to begin Joni and Friends. I had no skill in leading a Christian nonprofit, but I had a great board of directors and many friends who supported me in prayer. Still, running a ministry was filled with challenges. But whenever I felt overwhelmed, I would claim Hebrews chapter 13, “May the God of peace… equip you with all you need for doing his will.” I was super-confident that when God calls us, He also enables us for the task. So, I leaned hard on Him, studied non-profit management, kept Jesus always before me, and people with disabilities as my focus. Now, nearly 40 years later, hardly a day goes by that I don’t wheel through the doors at Joni and Friends and shake my head in amazement. See some of the incredible things God’s doing at joniandfriends.org.

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