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Joni Eareckson Tada Receives the Wilberforce Award!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 16, 2012
  • In the Media, Video Archives

In this video, Chuck Colson invites you to join in celebrating this year's Wilberforce Award winner.

Joni Eareckson Tada will be honored with the prestigious Wilberforce Award during the annual Wilberforce Weekend held March 30-April 1 in Lansdowne, Va. The award is named for William Wilberforce, the British parliamentarian who fought for 26 years to abolish slavery in Great Britain, finally succeeding with the passage of the Slave Trade Act in 1807. Chuck Colson, who hosts the BreakPoint radio program, said Tada was selected for the award because she -- like Wilberforce -- has persevered and sacrificed to fight social injustice and to transform culture. "She is a defiant, inspirational, joy-filled rebuttal to those who would assault the sanctity of human life," Colson said. Presented by the Board of Directors of Breakpoint/The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, the award honors those who share Wilberforce's passions and principles:

  • Making a significant impact on the social ills of the day through personal effort, skill, and influence;
  • Showing perseverance and selflessness in combating injustice, even to the point of willingness to sacrifice personal comfort, career and reputation;
  • Making positive change in the values and character of society -- "reforming manners ...

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 6, 2012
  • In the Media

joni on stage speaking to a crowd of peopleIt's not too late to register for The Renew Conference to be held this weekend in Nashville, Tennessee. The conference will address how Christians should respond to suffering, and how to minister to others who are dealing with affliction. This important conference will be held at Community Bible Church in Nashville, February 10-12. The theme is “Our Affliction… His Grace.” Joni Eareckson Tada will be speaking, as well as Tullian Tchividjian and others who have wrestled with the subject of suffering and the goodness of God. Make plans to join Joni for this extraordinary conference – you will be inspired, equipped and refreshed! Get all the details at

News from Joni and Friends' Christian Institute on Disability!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 23, 2012
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  • In the Media, Christian Institute on Disability

NewsPeople with disabilities continue to be greatly encouraged by the many new treatments using adult stem cell therapies. For instance, Christopher Lyles, a Baltimore cancer patient, now has a new trachea -- and scientists say the approach shows great promise...

National Religious Broadcasters Induct Joni Eareckson Tada into NRB Hall of Fame

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 19, 2012
  • In the Media, Radio

Joni Eareckson Tada, longtime ministry leader, radio host and disability advocate, has been selected to receive the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Hall of Fame Award at the group’s annual meeting next month. Founder of the Joni and Friends International Disability Center and host of the Joni and Friends radio and television programs, Tada has a storied tenure in religious broadcasting circles, as well as in the publishing and speaking arenas. 

“I know of no better testimony of how Christ’s strength is made perfect through weakness than the life of Joni Eareckson Tada,” said Dr. Frank Wright, NRB president and CEO. “Joni has stared suffering in the face and seen the face of Christ. It is our honor and privilege to induct her into NRB’s Hall of Fame.” 

Following a paralyzing diving accident in 1967, Tada’s faith helped her to persevere and become a successful artist using her mouth to paint and draw. The publication of her story in the book “Joni” and in various media outlets led to an outpouring of response from others impacted by disability and in need of encouragement. Tada founded Joni and Friends in 1979 to fulfill this purpose and began the national ...

Joni to Speak at The Renew Conference

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Jan. 9, 2012
  • In the Media

joni eareckson tada speakingHow should Christians respond to suffering on this fallen planet? How should we react to pain in our own lives? How do we minister to the hurting around us with the Gospel of Jesus? Joni Eareckson Tada will be speaking to these questions and more at the 2012 Renew Conference to be held in Nashville, TN, February 10-12. The theme is “Our Affliction… His Grace.” Joni will be joined by Tullian Tchividjian and others who have wrestled with...

Joni Eareckson Tada Scholarship Awarded

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 14, 2011
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  • In the Media

The first recipient of the Joni Eareckson Tada Scholarship at Azusa Pacific University (APU) was honored last week at a special ceremony to launch this new educational funding for worthy students in the field of disability ministry and social work at Azusa. This year’s recipient was Angelica Guangorena, a senior at APU who plans to work with children with autism when she graduates.

“I'm deeply honored that Azusa Pacific University has established the Joni Eareckson Tada Scholarship Award, along with the help of our friends at the Ambassador agency,” Tada said. “But I’m even more excited about how students at APU are getting involved in disability ministry and receiving special training to share the love of Christ with special needs families!”

One of the requirements for the scholarship recipients is their enrollment in the course Suffering: Theological and Practical Perspectives on Disabilities that is being offered at APU this semester. The entire class will be visiting Tada and her team at the Joni and Friends International Disability Center later this month for additional perspective on ways in which they can serve individuals with disabilities and their families.

The idea for a Joni Eareckson Tada scholarship originated with ...

What Does "Pro-Life" Mean?

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 14, 2011
  • In the Media

joni eareckson tadaJoni 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 up with what we think is a challenging pro-life perspective on critical issues currently affecting the elderly and disabled...

A Visit from 'Sue Thomas: FB Eye!'

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 23, 2011
  • In the Media

joni and sue thomasYou may recall this popular television series that followed the true story of Sue Thomas at the FBI in Washington, DC. A longtime friend of Joni's, Sue is profoundly deaf and has an astounding ability to read lips (yes, she really did help crack crimes and bag the bad guys in places FBI listening devices couldn't penetrate). A few days ago, Sue with her hearing-ear dog, Katie, and friend Deborah, came to the International Disability Center for a visit – our staff was treated to a pizza lunch and a chance to...

Alzheimer's Update

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Sept. 19, 2011
  • 1 Comment
  • In the Media

Over the weekend, while with our Joni and Friends Ohio team for a Bioethics conference tackling end-of-life issues, I had a chance to take a break from the activity and read your posts about Alzheimer’s on the Joni and Friends Blog (the photo is of two conference participants: Ty and his wife Pat who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s). I was deeply touched by some of your posts drawing parallels between the way Christ comforts us, and the way we, in turn, comfort others in their limitations. Thank you for your thoughtful observations, all of you...

Divorce and Alzheimer's

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 15, 2011
  • In the Media

A Statement by Joni Eareckson Tada on Pat Robertson's comment on Divorce and Alzheimer's

“Any marriage has its challenges, but add a serious disability and they can, at times, seem overwhelming. This is why God instituted marriage as a lifelong commitment – Heaven knows it requires vows, solemn and serious, to weather a couple through the demands of disability."

“I was dismayed when this week Pat Robertson said to a nationwide audience that Alzheimer's disease is a kind of death that makes divorce justifiable. When a Christian leader views marriage on a sliding scale, what does this say to the millions of couples who must deal daily with catastrophic injuries and illnesses?"

“At the Joni and Friends International Disability Center, we encounter thousands of couples who, despite living with serious disabling conditions, showcase the grace of God in their weakness every day. Marriage is designed to be a picture of God’s sacrificial love for us. Alzheimer’s disease is never an ‘accident’ in a marriage; it falls under the purview of God’s sovereignty. In the case of someone with Alzheimer's, this means God's unconditional and sacrificial love has an opportunity to be even more gloriously displayed in ...

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