Month: July 2012

Have You Blessed Me or What?!

July 31, 2012 | Comments Off on Have You Blessed Me or What?!
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When my husband ‘took over’ my blog yesterday and wrote you about July 30 being the 45th anniversary of my diving accident, NEVER did I dream I would hear from so many friends – and from all over the world, no less! And I have been so BLESSED reading your comments. See this 19-year-old girl…

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45 Years in a Wheelchair

July 30, 2012 | Comments Off on 45 Years in a Wheelchair
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Today is a special day for Joni. Why? On this day forty-five years ago, Joni made the dive that caused her paralysis. As you can imagine, when she realized she would never walk or use her hands again, she didn’t think God could use her. She could never have guessed the great plans God had…

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Jan Takes Courage to a Whole New Place!

July 30, 2012 | Comments Off on Jan Takes Courage to a Whole New Place!
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Courage has never been to school or used his hands to hold a pen or a crayon. Recently, his father Peter brought him to receive a wheelchair, but Wheels for the World offers so much more… Our volunteer Wheels for the World teams include highly skilled professionals that offer expertise in diagnosis, physical therapy, and training.…

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Personal from Ken…

July 28, 2012 | Comments Off on Personal from Ken…
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Hi, this is Ken here. I asked Joni if I could take over her blog today, because there’s something I want to say about my wife. I am so proud of her. Monday July 30th will mark 45 years that she’s lived as a quadriplegic. I don’t know anyone who has handled it with such…

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Gospel Bracelets

July 27, 2012 | Comments Off on Gospel Bracelets
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“I’m bored.” Have you said that yet this summer? If so, we’ve got a great activity for you, and no, it is not cleaning your room! We invite you to make Gospel bracelets for Joni and Friends to use on our Wheels for the World outreaches. Gospel bracelets are handmade bracelets that have colored beads to…

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We Love Nick Rice

July 26, 2012 | Comments Off on We Love Nick Rice
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Meet one of our summer interns, Nick Rice, who served in our radio department through June and July — Nick has a real heart for radio, and he loved helping research ideas for upcoming programs (plus I interviewed him about how God has spoken to him through his cerebral palsy). On the last day of…

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Spinal Cord Injury Prevention

July 26, 2012 | Comments Off on Spinal Cord Injury Prevention

Next week marks 45 years since Joni Eareckson Tada’s reckless dive into the Chesapeake Bay which resulted in a spinal cord injury. With approximately 11,000 new cases occurring each year in the US, spinal cord injury (SCI) usually begins with a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine, which fractures or dislocates vertebrae. Statistics show that…

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Meet Auntie Shizuko…

July 25, 2012 | Comments Off on Meet Auntie Shizuko…
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My husband has a tender heart for his family — especially Auntie Shizuko who is in her 90’s and just suffered a stroke. Yesterday Ken drove three hours north to Fresno to see Dad Tada’s sister, talk about Tada growing-up memories, and share his testimony of how Jesus Christ changes lives. Auntie is Ken’s last…

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Where the Love of God is Found

July 24, 2012 | Comments Off on Where the Love of God is Found
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Ten-year-old Dear was born with cerebral palsy. Local doctors in Thailand offered no help to her mother, Orapin – until this year. A tiny village hospital told her about Joni and Friends’ Wheels for the World outreach. “Go there,” they said. “They will show you love.” So Orapin packed up Dear and traveled over four…

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A Family Retreat Akwaaba!

July 24, 2012 | Comments Off on A Family Retreat Akwaaba!
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Last week while Ken and I were up at our Family Retreat in Mission Springs, California, another group of special-needs families were enjoying the same experience halfway around the world. And for those of you who pray for and support our work? These Ghanaian families shout “Akwaaba!” That means a big heartfelt “hello” in the…

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