Joni's Posts May 2013

A Moving American Story…

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 3, 2013
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Hannington, Joni, and Ken in front of the American flagOn Thursday, Joni and Friends held a National Day of Prayer observance in our assembly room – to begin the ceremony, we asked Hannington Mutebi (who works in our development department) to lead us in the pledge of allegiance. As I watched him with his hand over his heart, repeating the familiar words with his Ugandan accent, I had to fight back tears. Hannington immigrated to America from Uganda in 1999, got his green card, and proceeded to join the U.S. Army. He served his country in Afghanistan, returned to the States, and became a US citizen in 2008. Shortly afterward, the G.I. Bill made it possible for Hannington to enter the Anderson School of Business at UCLA where he graduated with an MBA in Finance. He is married, has a small family, and now serves in the Army reserves. But he also serves as our dedicated coworker here at Joni and Friends. The remarkable life-journey of this wonderful Christian brother inspires us all, and if his story has blessed you, leave a note on my blog to my friend, Hannington Mutebi!

Pray for Our Nation

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 2, 2013
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Joni and Ken praying for our nationToday is the National Day of Prayer and I hope you'll be attending an NDP observance in your community – because when it comes to praying for our country, we need to come together. There is power in communal prayer. When Christians gather to pray communally, it demonstrates to God that we are united in our intercessions. It shows God the great importance we are attaching to the things we are praying about. So today, make certain to take part in a National Day of Prayer observance – even if it's as small as a family gathering in your living room. Remember, I Timothy 2:1-4 says, "I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority… this is good, and pleases God our Savior." Isn't it heartwarming to know that our prayers today please God our Savior?!

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