Month: October 2011

A Fabulous Friday…

October 21, 2011 | Comments Off on A Fabulous Friday…
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I love a ‘booksigning line’ — you get to actually talk to people, hear their stories, pray with them and, of course, sign their books. It was heartwarming to hear these Christian school teachers share how my message yesterday inspired them on (and to learn that many use the Joni book as part of their classroom…

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ASCI: A Day of Great Ministry

October 20, 2011 | Comments Off on ASCI: A Day of Great Ministry
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There’s something extremely humbling about wheeling out on a stage to give a message that thousands will hear — what an honor, what a privilege! That’s how I felt when these Christian educators rose to their feet to welcome me to the Association of Christian Schools International conference. “Disability is never convenient; it is almost always…

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Class is in Session!

October 19, 2011 | Comments Off on Class is in Session!
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This week, we are hosting 31 leaders in town to take our “Beyond Suffering: Perspectives on Theology and Disability Ministry” class. The students include our Joni and Friends Field staff, representatives from Indiana Wesleyan University, the Evangelical Free church, and more — we even have a few Canadians joining in. Once they complete the course,…

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Wednesday’s Report:

October 19, 2011 | Comments Off on Wednesday’s Report:
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It’s a cold, windy, gray day here in Chicago — a perfect time to catch up on work in Careen and Rainey’s hotel room while Ken takes a snooze. We enjoyed a quick, comfortable flight and — praise the Lord — my wheelchair arrived in one piece! Today is a day of rest and looking over…

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Joni and Ken ‘On the Road Again’

October 18, 2011 | Comments Off on Joni and Ken ‘On the Road Again’
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Early Tuesday morning Ken and I (with helper Rainey) fly to Chicago where I’ll speak at the Association of Christian Schools International conference. I’m scheduled to give my message Thursday afternoon, 3:15 PM central time. Yes, I plan to offer Christ-centered encouragement to the attendees (including those watching by live video-feed in regional locations), but…

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Joni and Friends’ Birthday Break!

October 17, 2011 | Comments Off on Joni and Friends’ Birthday Break!
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Every month, Joni and Friends holds a special ‘birthday break,’ and last week, all JAF staff whose birthdays are in October gathered with their coworkers in the break area to celebrate – Karen, a volunteer, always generously bakes fresh cakes for the occasion. It’s a great time to catch up with one another (and also…

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A Blessed Birthday!

October 15, 2011 | Comments Off on A Blessed Birthday!
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Today is October 15, my birthday – and I don’t feel bad at all about turning 62 :-). I am praising God for his extraordinary grace in sustaining me with health, strength, and energy (sure, my body has its problems, but overall, this quadriplegic is doing pretty good)! Tonight Ken and I will be going…

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What Does “Pro-Life” Mean?

October 14, 2011 | Comments Off on What Does “Pro-Life” Mean?
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Joni and Friends is always looking for ways to promote a biblical worldview on disability, especially in the national marketplace of secular ideas. That’s why we’re pleased that the Huffington Post is highlighting an op-ed piece written by our own Joni Eareckson Tada. Joni consulted with our Joni and Friends’ Christian Institute on Disability and came…

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Kristyn Getty

October 13, 2011 | Comments Off on Kristyn Getty

Kristyn Getty and her husband Keith have been at the forefront of the modern hymn movement over the past decade demonstrating the ability to successfully bridge the gap between the traditional and contemporary. Ken and I first met the Gettys at a National Religious Broadcaster’s Convention when, on the spur-of-the-moment, we gathered to sing hymns at…

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This Week in El Salvador!

October 13, 2011 | Comments Off on This Week in El Salvador!
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Right now, a team from our Joni and Friends’ Christian Institute on Disability is in El Salvador, teaching at the Evangelical University of El Salvador – they are leading a class of 90 pastors and 120 students in our Beyond Suffering course which covers a theology of suffering and practical models of disability ministry. We are…

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