Meet Steve Estes, Friend and Mentor

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 31, 2013
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Steve EstesWhen I am asked, "Who has had the greatest impact on your life?" I never think twice. When I was new to quadriplegia and feeling frightened and spiritually fragile, God connected me with a remarkable young man – Steve Estes. Oh, how I pray that everyone struggling with God and suffering might have a "Steve" in their lives. Recently, FaithTalk Magazine interviewed me about my longtime friend – take a moment to read just how God used this unusual young man in my walk with Christ. And as you do, remember: God wants you to help a spiritually-fragile friend in the same way!

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Back in 1977, my husband, Craig, was an intern at Hershey Free Church with Steve. I just now looked Steve up.
  • Sept. 27, 2017
  • 3:45 p.m.
  • Aledra Hollenbach
The link no longer goes to the article. I'd love to read it though. Where can I find it?
  • Sept. 3, 2017
  • 9:38 a.m.
  • Suzanne Holland
I posted this on the Facebook page, but thought that I would add it here too... I have a story about Steve... I was working the evening shift at the Logos Bookstore alone... the Bookstore that Joni Eareckson Tada and two other Baltimore pals owned and operated. A rather scary character came into the store and began to walk around slowly, staying till every other customer was gone. I was getting increasingly nervous about what to do. Then the door opened and Steve walked in. He came over to the counter to chat---I shared with him my apprehension and he said he would stay till closing. I am SURE he had other places to go... but choose to be with me as a Logo evening staff -- for safety sake. I have remembered this many times when friends needed help, and it was an inconvenient time, but there was a tug on my heart that said.... STAY.
  • June 3, 2013
  • 6:41 a.m.
  • karen decker
Dear Joni! Yep! Me again that ND gal who loves riding horses!! That remark of Steve's is one I wrote down and I am gona share it with a friend who is dying of stage 4 melenoma. There is no question but that God placed Steve in your life at just that time to accomplish the great things that are and have been accomplished through your difficult life. I hope we would all have "SteveS" in our lives to help encourage us to greatness! Blessings to you this weekend Joni! No! I have not gone riding yet this spring but one of these days! I will think of you when I do. A horrible crushed elbow from a bad fall on a ride 4 yrs ago has hampered my riding some what but I still enjoy a leasurely "hack" on my patient Morgan mare! Love, Betty
  • June 1, 2013
  • 3:43 p.m.
  • Betty Marschner
I loved hearing about Steve in those early books, so really enjoying finding out what he'd been doing since. It's amazing how God used him in such a significant way and it reminds me that we can have an impact just where we are. Thanks for sharing.
  • June 1, 2013
  • 3:07 p.m.
  • Nola Passmore