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49 Years of Quadriplegia

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This Saturday, July 30, marks 49 years since Joni’s diving accident. Joni’s life was changed forever. But through all of the challenges, God has worked through Joni’s disability to reveal His sovereignty.

49 years ago, I took a reckless dive into shallow water – it was a fateful dive which completely altered my life. At first, when doctors told me I would be a quadriplegic, I sank into a deep depression. Thankfully, Christian friends were praying and, eventually, I began to take a closer look at the Bible to see what God had to say about my plight. I learned that the God of the Bible is not sometimes sovereign. He does not occupy the throne one day and vacate it the next. He is supremely in charge (often for purposes we cannot understand the side of eternity). But as we trust Him, some of those purposes can become plain. And for me, His purpose has meant giving the love of Christ to thousands of people with disabilities here and abroad. That is worth decades of life in a wheelchair.

To celebrate all that God has done through Joni’s faithfulness, would you consider giving a special gift to Joni and Friends this month?

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