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Community Gathering and Book Signing for Heaven Your Real Home… From a Higher Perspective

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 16, 2018
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With news of recent tragedies and uncertainty, right now, more than ever we need to take hold of an eternal hope. If you have fears from recent heartbreaking events, please do not let those fears keep you from gathering together – join with your community! I pray that you find comfort in God’s presence along with others, because, Friend, He will never leave you!

Devoured by the Flames

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  • Nov. 14, 2018
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The International Disability Center after the fire

If you’ve been following the news, you’ve seen the terrifying images of the fast-moving fires here in California. Last Friday, in the darkness of night, Ken and I heard the news that we needed to grab the essentials from our house and flee. The Woolsey Fire spread so quickly, that many of my co-workers living throughout the area likewise evacuated. Even here in Agoura Hills, the fire licked at the property line of the International Disability Center before firefighters were able to stop those flames. Today is the first day we’ve been able to return to the office since the blaze started, and we’re all processing the events of the last week… first the shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill, just a few exits up the freeway… and then the fire. And in Northern California, the entire city of Paradise consumed.

RTD Awareness

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 13, 2018
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My dear friend Paige Snedeker is a bright, beautiful woman in her early 20s – I feel a special affinity with Paige because she is an artist who paints with her mouth. But Paige's limitations are much more significant than mine. Paige has a condition called Riboflavin Transporter Deficiency (RTD), which has resulted in quadriplegia, deafness, and a severe visual impairment. And I am excited that today Paige is taking part in a RTD Awareness Raising event, hoping to raise funds for more research for this rare but devastating condition. She told me recently, "Joni, I've already seen some improvement in my health as a result of RTD's research efforts, and...

Remembering Our Veterans

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Nov. 11, 2018
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Pray for our veterans

Every Veteran’s Day, I pause to remember the many men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country. Ken and I go out of our way to honor military personnel whenever our paths cross and I am always stirred by the stories that come out of our Wounded Warrior Getaways. Still, when a friend recently shared this link with me, the photos gave me a new appreciation for what our servicemen and women go through every day. Browse the photos, then say a prayer for our veterans and those in active duty.

A Tragedy Close to Home

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  • Nov. 8, 2018
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A Quote by Joni Eareckson TadaThis morning we all woke up to the news of yet another mass shooting in our Nation. For me, however, this tragedy is a lot closer to home than others. This shooting took place just miles away from Joni and Friends in the town of Thousand Oaks, California. When I drive down the freeway in my community, I often pass Borderline, where this tragedy occurred. It hurts my heart to see such a devastation in my own community.

All of us are quite shaken and reminded of Romans 12:21, “Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.” Even through times of devastation, continue to display the Lord’s light in all that you...

Pray for Tomorrow!

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  • Nov. 7, 2018
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Daniel Stratman and Joni Eareckson Tada It’s been a busy season of travel these last few months, and I’m still reflecting on it all – like giving the Gospel in churches that filled up for Joni movie showings, and promoting the work of our Area Ministry teams.

No matter where I visit Joni and Friends ministries around the country, I'm always connecting with old and new friends who have disabilities (here's a snapshot of me and Daniel Stratman when I was in Arizona; we're kibitzing about the latest USC scores). Nothing's more heartening than 'catching up' with fellow wheelchair-users who could easily write the book on perseverance—I always wheel away having learned so much about the Lord Jesus and His amazing grace in their lives.

And yes, my recent birthday celebration made...

Walk of Respect

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  • Nov. 5, 2018
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Walk of Respect

It seems that there are no easy decisions when it comes to end of life care. That’s why I wrote When Is It Right to Die? to help families navigate that difficult season of questions and concerns.

 

A Course to Chart

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  • Nov. 1, 2018
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A person holding a compass

With the start of November, it seems we also start the head-long rush toward the holidays. Every store has their Christmas displays up, every mail catalog features Christmas specials, and every radio station is playing Christmas jingles. Amidst all the super-sales and rock-bottom deals, a word from the prophet Haggai comes to mind,

My Friend Scott

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Oct. 29, 2018
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Scott working at Joni and FriendsI couldn’t let October slip by without noting that it’s National Disability Employment Month. As you’d guess, many of our staff here at Joni and Friends are either disabled themselves or are family members of someone with a disability.

I love “talking shop” with other wheelchair users in the office, like Scott Bankhead. Of course, our limitations aren’t exactly the same—he has spina bifida—but it’s always great to talk over things like traveling with a wheelchair and accessible accommodations.

Best of all, we like to share how God meets our needs. Scott has a degree in Biblical Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary and he puts both his training and his personal experience to good use in our Response Department.

Not long ago, we got to talking about the...

A New Nike Athlete

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  • Oct. 26, 2018
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My nephew Kyle graduated from the University of Oregon, hoping to get a job with Nike – the international sport shoe company is located near the campus, and it seems every student somehow, someway would love to connect with the sports super-giant. Well, it happened recently to a...

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