Joni's Posts April 2015

Samuel's Story

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 16, 2015
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Samuel and LisaJust three years ago, Samuel's world seemed narrow and small – as a young man with autism, he lacked the ability to communicate with the 'outside world.' He finally 'connected' through a word board, and his parents discovered that their son possessed an extremely bright intellect. Samuel managed to make up for all his lost time in school and, just recently, he passed his Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) – He has been accepted to California Lutheran University and The Master's College. Thought you'd like to see Samuel...

Wheels for the World in Mexico

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 15, 2015
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Wheels for the World MexicoOur Wheels team just returned from an exciting outreach in Mexico where hundreds of wheelchairs were fitted to children and adults with disabilities – Bibles in the Spanish-language were distributed, as well. Our Joni and Friends team based in Missouri provide leadership for our WFTW outreaches into Mexico and, in just a few months, we're meeting with our Mexican partners to see how we can advance Christ-centered disability ministry in more churches there. Do you have a heart for Mexico? Then pray about joining a future Wheels to our 'neighbor' south...

"The Bible Tells Me So"

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 14, 2015
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The Bible Tells Me SoWhen I was a child growing up in the 1950s, our school teacher started each day of class reading from the Bible.… followed always by the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer. My favorite hit song on the radio back then was "The Bible Tells Me So" sung by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. I forgot about that song until recently, while eating at a Cracker Barrel, I glanced up and saw the sheet music displayed on the wall (along with a lot of other old-fashioned relics). I smiled wistfully, remembering when the name of God in America was...

Meet Tafily from Mali

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  • April 13, 2015
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Tafily from MaliTafily traveled all the way from her West African nation to attend our recent Global Access Conference. A disability ministry leader, she teaches sewing skills to women with disabilities in Mali. Tafily’s second language is French (which we offered in simultaneous translation). While in LA for the conference (her first flight anywhere; and her first visit to the US), she enjoyed her very first taste of ice cream. Pronouncing it good, she sang aloud ‘Amazing Grace’ in her native tongue of Bambara all the way through the parking lot. Pray for Tafily’s ministry and the many disabled women she serves in the name of Christ.

Sunday Reflections

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 12, 2015
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Charles Spurgeon"'We die daily,' said the apostle. This was the life of the early Christians; they went everywhere with their lives in their hands. We are not called to pass through the same fearful persecutions. Instead, we bear the sneer of the world — its blandishments, its soft words, its oily speeches, its fawning, its hypocrisy, and more. I fear that the Christian church is far more likely to lose her integrity in these soft and silken...

A Little Girl's Dream Comes True

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 10, 2015
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Cammy and Duncan KeithLittle Cammy was born with Rett syndrome, a rare and severe neurological disorder that left her unable to walk or speak—which means she can’t play sports like most kids. But Cammy loves watching hockey, especially when...

Our Designer God

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  • April 8, 2015
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God's DesignA week or so ago, I had to stay home with a bad chest cold (the busyness of the Global Access Conference and NRB caught up with me). So it was a week of nebulizer treatments, antibiotics and lots of liquids. Also, sitting in the backyard sun to soak up a little Vitamin D. While there, I photographed this incredible little pod shooting up out of the Aloe plant by my side door. Oh my goodness, I could not believe the exacting, the perfect design of it all. Our God is so awesome - just think of the DNA complexities required to make that perfectly...

Our Goal: 100,000 Wheelchairs by 2020

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  • April 7, 2015
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EbenezerIt's amazing how God can use a single wheelchair to touch for Christ the life of a disabled child, his family, neighbors, and his entire village. Countless times I have seen families open up their hearts to Jesus Christ when we've fitted their loved one with a wheelchair. It has taken us 20 years to deliver 100,000 wheelchairs, and now, we want to deliver the next 100,000 in just five years. It's a true kingdom-expanding initiative. Yes, it's a big goal, but we thank God that we have the capacity and the passion to do it – learn how you can be involved today!

What Would Be Better?

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 6, 2015
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Global AccessWhen it comes to transforming the way a church relates to special-needs families, the question is often asked "What would be better?" What could a church do to better express the love of Christ to a person with physical or mental limitations? We posed this question to some of our Global...

Christ the Lord is Risen!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 5, 2015
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ResurrectionToday at church, you will no doubt hear the happy greeting, “Christ is risen!” to which you will reply with enthusiasm, “He is risen indeed!” Christians have been pronouncing this awesome, pivotal fact of the Christian faith for more than 2000 years. Everything you and I believe about the Christian faith focuses on Jesus’ victory over sin and death. And just consider what His resurrection has secured for us: salvation from hell...

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