Sometimes miracles happen in the most unusual
Hi, I'm Joni Eareckson Tada and those places can occasionally be back storage rooms where we store our wheelchairs on location during our Wheels for the World trips. Like the miracle that happened in Ghana, West Africa. It was nearly the end of the day and we had been fitting disabled people to their new wheelchairs all day long - of course, I've shared before that we have to sometimes cut off foot rests or shorten back rests or widen seat supports, all kinds of stuff...
Well, as I said, it was the end of the day and a disabled woman came in who needed a particularly large wheelchair. Our physical therapists said "No, I'm sorry, ma'am, but we're all out of large-sized wheelchairs." Still, the woman with the disability begged and pleaded, asking us for a wheelchair, please. Finally, just to appease her, the therapist walked into the back storage room where there were a few remaining chairs plus wheelchair tires and extra footrests and seat cushions... all sorts of extra stuff. And, lo and behold, behind one pile sat a wheelchair. The therapist was so surprised but, well, she must have missed it earlier and so, later that afternoon, we were able to provide a wheelchair and a Bible to this dear woman. She went away very glad...
But as she was leaving, another disabled person entered the distribution site. "I am so sorry," our team members said, "but we've already given out all our wheelchairs." The disabled person's family explained that they had walked so far and couldn't we help please; there must be something we could do. Well, you never know, and so another team member went back into the storage room and, you'll never guess - or maybe you will - there was a chair back up against a side wall where no one had seen it before. We were amazed that God had provided! And, in fact, a few jokes began circulating about multiplying the oil in the jar -- you know that miraculous story from the Bible.
Finally as we were cleaning up, one more family drove up in a taxi cab. They carried a man in on their arms, put him down in a plastic chair, and asked if they were too late. This time, they were and our team members told the family they were so sorry but we can't help you. Still, they pleaded if we could not do something, please. Well, one of the Wheels for the World therapists working in another part of the room went back into the storage area one more time but all he could find was a wheelchair with no legs - no foot pedals or leg supports. He wheeled it out and that's when jaws really dropped. Why? Because the man's disability was that he lacked legs - he was a double amputee. Talk about a miracle. That chair had obviously been pushed aside all day long... that is, until it was really needed - a chair with no foot rests perfectly fit a guy with no legs. That was the last family for the day too ... and thankfully, God had reserved a chair just for that man! Joshua 1:9 says, "Be strong and courageous. Do not tremble or be dismayed for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
Oh, friend, the Lord our God is with us wherever we take those wheelchairs and Bibles. Miracles happen like this all the time on these Wheels for the World trips and I'm happy to report that another Wheels team is returning this weekend from Ghana, West Africa - so would you please pray over the many disabled people who opened their hearts to Christ for the first time? Please pray for these children and men and women who became Christians, because as you well know, wheelchairs are one thing, but the real miracle is the miracle of salvation. And, hey, if you would like to join us on a Wheels for the World trip either as a physical therapist or seating mechanic, we've got some room open for upcoming trips. Just contact us at Joniandfriendsradio.org.
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