Phillip's Love Bears

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Dec. 18, 2015
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Love BearsMeet Phillip — a young man with a powerful ministry! Soon after his birth, Phillip was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder known as Prader-Willi Syndrome. This disorder often results in low muscle tone, chronic overeating and obesity, intellectual disability and shortness in height. But it’s because of Phillip’s experience with disability and suffering, that several years ago Phillip told his family he wanted to start stuffing teddy bears to “help children who were hurting.” And so, Phillip’s Love Bears was started. Though Phillip has many physical and mental challenges, he painstakingly assists in hand stuffing many of his teddy bears. And just this past summer, Phillip gifted his beautiful teddy bears to each special needs family who attended our Arizona Family Retreat (Thanks, Phillip!). Galatians 5:13 says, “Through love serve one another” and that’s just what Phillip is doing. So, be encouraged to do the same! And then, leave a note of thanks to Phillip for being such a great example on what it means to serve with the love of Jesus!


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Phillip, your loving care means so much to those who are hurting and need a friend. They can see by your example that a person with disabilities can live an overcoming life.! Romans 15:13 to you.
  • Dec. 23, 2015
  • 9:18 a.m.
  • Jan T.
Phillip, your bears are adorable and I can see the love pouring out of them! Thank you for your love for the hurting and for expressing comfort to so many. Praying God's continued blessings on your ministry and life. Merry Christmas!
  • Dec. 18, 2015
  • 9:14 a.m.
  • Jeannie
Congratulations Phillip it has been a blessing having you in my class at church. Thank you so much for the Teddy Bears you sent for my trip to India. Both you and the Bears are a blessing. May God continue to bless your labor of love.
  • Dec. 18, 2015
  • 8:40 a.m.
  • Pat McClanahan
Many thanks Phillip for your good work!!!! Have a happy, joyful and blessed Christmas!!!:) with best wishes from Marja and Markku
  • Dec. 18, 2015
  • 8:28 a.m.
  • Marja Poutiainen
God Bless you Phillip, for giving of yourself with such love, to those in need. Thank You. I thank God for your loving spirit.
  • Dec. 18, 2015
  • 4:10 a.m.
  • Shelley Messenger