Joni's Posts June 2014

Critics call Alone Yet Not Alone "Beautifully Uplifting"!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 20, 2014
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Alone Yet Not AloneA week ago, the movie Alone Yet Not Alone, was released in theaters nationwide and I was so pleased to read a film critic’s positive review of the movie on the Huffington Post, calling the film “surprisingly entertaining” and “impressive.” What’s more, the critic goes on to say he considers the song “beautifully uplifting”! Friend, that is my hope: for viewers across the nation to be uplifted by this true story of faith in God and courage in the midst of adversity. And if you missed watching the film, many theaters will be showing “Alone Yet Not Alone” once again over the weekend—so don’t miss out...

Alone Yet Not Alone #14 at Box Office!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 18, 2014
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Alone Yet Not AloneI just saw this article in the on-line magazine Christian Cinema, and I was quite amazed – it lists the movie Alone Yet Not Alone as #14 in the weekend box office draw. I'm thrilled to know that so many people are enjoying this true-life story of a German immigrant family who learned to trust in God through incredible hardship. With the film doing this well, hopefully, it will show in more theaters – so be on the lookout!

The National Bible Bee

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 18, 2014
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Bible BeeRecently, during a home school tour of our International Disability Center, little Abigail was proud to recite her favorite Bible verse, Romans 8:28. Doesn’t it warm your heart when a child becomes interested in the Word of God? The National Bible Bee comes alongside parents to help them disciple their children through in-depth study of the Word of God, as well as scripture memory. This summer’s Bible verse memory program is about to begin, and it’s not too late to get involved. Registration for the National Bible Bee is open until June 30th, so check out all the details!  

TravelAbility

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 16, 2014
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Patty and JoniThe girls who get me up in the morning are some pretty talented people. My friend, Patti, has been helping me for 23 years and she's learned a lot about accessibility (she's prepared me for many a trip)! Recently, she became an independent travel consultant, specializing in cruises and travel for people with disabilities. She's associated with Cruises & Tours Unlimited, one of the nation's largest travel companies – it means she has access to everything you need at the best price. Patti says, "I'm very excited about helping people with disabilities plan their dream vacation!" If you'd like to learn more, visit Patti's website at Travelability.agentstudio.com or email her at travelability@ATT.net.

Reflections by the Pool of Bethesda

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 14, 2014
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Pool of BethesdaLast month, a friend who was touring Israel emailed me a photo of the Pool of Bethesda – it made me think back on hospital days when I'd always ask visitors to read the 5th chapter in the Gospel of John to me. I'd picture myself by this same pool, waiting, like all the rest, to be healed. Although I prayed for physical healing, God said 'no.' But how wise of Him! Because a 'no' answer has meant 'yes' to a deeper prayer life, a vibrant love for His Word, a compassion for others who hurt, a despising of sin, a happy hope of heaven, an attitude of gratitude, a growing dependence on God, and an ever-increasing love for Jesus. In short, God did a deeper healing. I've learned there really are more important things in life than walking. If you are struggling with a physical issue, and God doesn't seem to be answering your requests for healing, look for the deeper healing. It's something that will last for all of eternity :-).

"This Is Your House!"

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 13, 2014
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Daniel and Ken in front of the Hope Builders WallRecently our friend, Daniel Stratman, visited the International Disability Center with his parents – 20 years ago, he was just a kid going in for knee surgery; sadly, the operation went awry which resulted in injury to Daniel's brain. Despite his disability, Daniel has a fantastic attitude – he graduated from Emmaus College and now 'cheers on' our Joni and Friends outreach in Arizona. During Daniel's visit to the IDC, Ken showed him his name on our Hope Wall. I told him, "Daniel, this Center is your house; this is your stake in the ground, and I am so grateful that you are helping us reach so many other people with disabilities for Christ!" First Corinthians 12:22-23 expresses my sentiments about Daniel so well, "Those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor." We are happy to honor you on our Hope Wall, dear Daniel :-). Friend, the next time you're in the Los Angeles area, come and tour our International...

"Tear Down This Wall!"

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 12, 2014
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Joni and Ken at the Berlin WallIn 1961, a huge concrete block wall laced with barbed wire and surveillance cameras was built in Berlin, dividing the city between the East sector (held by the Soviet Union) and the West. The Soviets said that it kept westerners from coming into the Communist-held East. But the truth is, the wall was erected to keep easterners from escaping the prison their city and nation had become. In the 80s, the breezes of freedom began to blow. And on June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan gave a speech near the Berlin Wall in which he challenged the Soviet leader, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” The cheers of the crowd were heard around the world, and 29 months later, in November of 1989, they began...

Sarah's Extraordinary Gift

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 11, 2014
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Sara showing her hair that is being donatedMost children compile a list of gifts they want for their birthday, but not Sarah. When she turned 8, Sarah wanted to donate her hair to little girls with cancer— her gift was a total of 14 1/2 inches of hair! Her gift is especially inspiring when you consider that she has spina bifida. “I didn’t want to just receive gifts," Sarah told her mother, "I want to give a gift instead of receiving.” This child understands the words of Paul in Acts chapter 20, that “We must help the weak and remember … ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” If you know a boy or girl like Sarah who has a big heart for special-needs children, we'd love to celebrate that child on our Kids’ Corner page. Click on it now and share your story.

Disability Ministry in China is Booming!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 9, 2014
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Map of China showing where Joni and Friends is servingIn the last few weeks, three Wheels for the World teams have been delivering wheelchairs and Bibles (and Joni books in Chinese) in different parts of the People’s Republic of China, sharing Christ’s love and giving practical help. Just last week, we held our International Family Retreat in Nanjing with many special-needs families hearing the Gospel for the first time. In addition, our Pastor’s Conference was extremely well attended as we taught these Christian leaders all about the Savior’s mandate in Luke 14. And finally, this past weekend our teams completed a Special Education Training Conference, helping Chinese leaders understand how to reach children with autism (with a biblical worldview)! Please join me in praying that God will “grow” all the Gospel seeds we are planting throughout China (and the map shows you where). Praise be to God...

Alone yet Not Alone – Sung a New Way!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 6, 2014
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The movie Alone yet Not Alone will be in theaters June 13 – and I encourage you to take your family to see this remarkable film about faith and courage in the midst of great adversity. To whet your appetite, listen to this amazing rendition of the Alone yet Not Alone song performed by Sam Robson. He has impeccably perfect pitch, an astounding range, and a true gift in creating unique, upbeat harmonies. One guy… eight voices… and if you've never heard it, you'll be blessed. By all means, Tweet the link, or share it with your Facebook friends. And be on the lookout for the movie in a theater near you.

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