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Joni's 60th Birthday

Happy 60th, Joni!


On October 15th 2009, Joni celebrates a milestone birthday and you’re invited to be a part of the celebration!   


Having devoted her life to extending the love and message of Christ to people affected by disability—physically or emotionally, Joni has impacted many around the world . . . we invite you to take a moment to add your birthday greetings here to the many wishing her a Happy 60th Birthday!


(Oh and let us know your birthday . . . we’re always up for a reason to celebrate!)

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Congratulations on your 60th Joni. Over the years God has used you to inspire each one of us to know that His will is best in all things -- sometimes even when that's hard to accept.

You have consistently been an example to me personally that by obedience to Him, we can all overcome adversity of every kind if we live our lives for Him and serve Him by serving people everywhere.

Thank you for being an example to each of us who gain from your strength when we are down -- but not out!

Dick Bott, Sr.
Bott Radio Network

Dearest Joni,

(Pretend we are singing...we have some lovely voices on our staff, :)))

Happy Birthday to you,
To Jesus be true.
May God's richest blessings
Abide upon you!

Joni, your testimony and the witness of your life is beyond inspirational to us and our listeners. We regularly hear from listeners how encouraged they are by your words and your life. Knowing that yours and Ken's lives have challenges that most of us will never understand, yet hearing how you praise His holy name, even on the days you'd almost like to give up, brings hope and conviction to many of us who can only experience your journey through your daily broadcast. We have participated in gathering wheelchairs for your ministry in the past, and have been reminded daily to meet the physical needs of those around us, so they may hear and receive the spiritual feeding that only Jesus can give. We dearly love our association with you, your staff, and representatives, and we pray for many, many more years to labor together for the glory of God. We are honored to celebrate the day the Lord gave you to our world. Happy Birthday, to the dearest of sisters.

With love in Christ,
Dolores King-St. George and Staff
GraceFM Radio, WAFG/WKZG Miami, Palm Beach, Key West FL

Happy 60th Birthday Joni! Your life is an inspiration to everyone who knows you and a wonderful witness to the loving grace of our Savior. Your ministry is a blessing to millions around the world. Personally you were an inspiration and encouragement to me when I was in the hospital for months with viral meningitis. Your testimony helped draw me closer to the Lord. So thank you for letting the Lord use your life in such a powerful way to serve Him and His Kingdom. We are privileged to broadcast the daily inspiration of Joni and Friends® across our entire network. We love you. Our listeners love you. And we are blessed to be your friend. Happy Birthday! May the Lord continue to bless you abundantly in the years to come!

Rich Bott
Bott Radio Network

It was 1990 and I was in college attending my second NRB and I had the chance to meet and interview Joni. I was very excited about the opportunity to meet her! I read her book in school and saw her movie but I never thought that I would get a chance to meet her. Joni has been a great inspiration to me and to my family. We know that we can do all things through Christ who is our strength. Joni, you have been such a blessing and inspiration to me.

When I had the chance to do something for you I jumped at the chance. In 2000 I was able to work with Christian radio stations throughout the state Florida collecting wheelchairs and other medical equipment for those that you help. Thank you for your life and your example of obedience.

BTW - I love the times we get together at NRB and sing praises to our God and King!

Michael Shelley
Toccoa Falls Radio, Toccoa, GA

Joni, Bryan Race here from WRAF, praying this will be the best birthday you've ever had. You are one of my heroes. God reminds me often of how you have faced difficulty with grace and beauty and that he wants to manifest Himself in my weakness as well. The fingerprints of God are all over your life! I am pleased that Toccoa Falls Radio has been able to help get the message of Jesus out through the ministry of Joni and Friends® for many years.

Happy 60th Birthday, Joni. May you be abundantly blessed as you've blessed so many others throughout your ministry in your lifetime. I didn't know we had our birth year in common too. Hope it's your best one ever. Much love & prayers for health.

Happy Birthday, Joni! Your movie, Joni, was one of the only two my parents ever took my sister and I to see at the theater. The other one was on the same night-On Golden Pond. I don't remember much about the latter, but YOUR story touched my young teenaged heart. God bless you!

Joni, I just celebrated my 60th in June 09. We were born in a great year! No one would ever guess that you are 60. How beautiful you are inside and out. We are so blessed to carry your ministry on all our network of stations....9 in number. May the Lord continue to hold you close and increase your outreach. Have a very special 60th Birthday. Wish we could celebrate with you. You will be in our thoughts and prayers for sure.

Living for Jesus,

Joni, May God pour out his blessings on you during this milestone birthday. During my 40 years with Family Life Radio and KFLR I had the privelege of meeting and interviewing many tremendous individuals and servants of Christ. You are absolutely at the top of that list. I retired this year from full time broadcasting and as I look back, I will always cherish those moments with you. You are a true inpspiration to all of us. Alan Cook

Joni - Your life is a testimony of God's faithfulness to those who live for Him! As we discussed the last time we were together, it is unusual for a quad to live over 40 years, but God has given you these extra years because you have been so faithful to turn tragedy into a living message of His love, provision, and care.
As I turn 60 next month, I rejoice with you that today's 60 is really 40, so may God give us the strength to do whatever He asks for the sake of His Kingdom! Thanks for your magnificent example of grace under daily trial.

Scott Keegan
Moody Radio

Wow!! Scott said almost word for word what I was going to say, right down to 60 being the new 40! That reminds me of the scripture saying let every fact be confirmed by two or three witnesses. That being the case, there is a MULTITUDE of people bearing witness to the blessing your life's testimony has been to them. I know it comes from drinking the cup of pain of suffering. THANK YOU, Joni, for being faithful to always live in the reality of John the Baptist's prayer -- He must increase, but I must decrease. Happy birthday and God bless you in every way!

Dear Joni,
Happy 60th Birthday! Your life and ministry over the years has been a tremendous testimony to the world. You have been an example and a tremendous light in an often overlooked and dark world. I look forward to seeing how God will continue to use you in mighty ways.

In Christ,
Chris Johnson and the TWR Family

Congratulations on your 29th! Doesn't seem like 60. You have used your gifts and talents for God's honor and as a result you have given others much in the way of encouragement and strength. May the Lord bless your birthday and thanks for being Joni!

Happy Birthday, Joni. We are blessed to have Joni and Friends®, on our radio, WGOJ 105.5 FM in Conneaut, Ohio.

May God bless you on your birthday and as you continue to serve Him

Roger Hogle
WGOJ Manager

Happy Birthday Joni !! The Big 6-0 came my way this year too and I love it !! The Lord has blessed us so very much with sixty years. You have blessed people personally in my world, like Thad here in NH and my 11 yo granddaughter, Isabelle. You have helped people grow up and become the same kind of valuable souls they were in our Father's eyes from the very beginning of time. May you continue to feel His eyes upon you and His arms of love around you lifting you close. Your Sister in Christ, the One and Only

Greetings in our Lord Jesus Christ!
Welcome to the "three score" era, Joni ! May the LORD be pleased to add the "ten" and many more to your earthly "LIFE". Yes! You indeed have life....and though the world may perceive it as a "waste" of life...they don't understand that LIFE given (for others) is LIFE RECEIVED....unto eternal life! I thank God for all the lives you've touched since your accident. I found a 1970's cassette you had recorded in my husband's collection. He said it came right after his own (motorcycle) accident...and has continually been a source of comfort and encouragement ! He is an above-knee amputee; and my husband of 5 years! We both lost our first mates...but as you know, our losses bring "gain" in the LORD.
God Bless you and your husband in a special way as this first decade of the 21st century passes behind us in the year ahead.....GO FOR THE GOLD!

Dear Joni,
Wishing you a very Happy Birthday! You have blessed millions through the years. We praise God for your ministry, and the hope and encouragement your broadcast brings to the disabled. All of us here at KBJS appreciate our partnership with you - thank YOU for the gift you've been to us.

From all our staff, Board of Directors, and listeners, all of whom have been repeatedly blessed throughout the years of JAF, Happy Birthday!

...and from our smart-alecky manager, "Just think! 60! Almost grown!" (Yes, he is a few years ahead of you.)

WNKJ, 89.3 FM
Hopkinsville, KY

Joni, Happy 60th Birthday! May the Lord continue to bless you and give you more blessing years from your friends at KJAK-FM in Lubbock, Texas.

I'm sooo glad you were born ! May the Lord continue to bless you as you have blessed others. You are one of those people who was born at just the right time for just the right task.

Today's Date
Joni, You are one of God's greatest treasures, and we are blessed that He would share you with us. Your life has been an inspiration to millions, your ministry touches the world. Yet you treat each one you meet as the valued individual that God created. Judy and I count it a high privilege to call you "friend."

My birthday wish for you is also a bit selfish. May the Lord grant you many more years of ministry on this earth, for His glory...yet for our good. I'm looking forward to the next time we can sing some hymns together. You are an amazing servant. Have a great birthday.

Ron Harris
Sr. VP for International Partnership National Religious Broadcasters


When I was about 11 years old (1979) my Mom used to drive around town with a couple of your 8-track music tapes playing. "Spirit Wings" among them. You may remember that a few years ago, I came across them and was able to give them to you when you were visiting KCBI. You are an inspiration to so many and have helped build me up in the faith, even at a young age.

Thoroughly enjoyed seeing your works of art displayed at the Biblical Arts Center in Dallas so many years ago. I enjoyed showing them to my children as well.

We enjoy having your show on KGLY here in Tyler, TX.

May God continue to bless you and use you for His Kingdom!
Happy Birthday!
Troy Kriechbaum

Dear Birthday Buddies...

I just had to let you know you REALLY made my birthday, each and every one of you who posted a personal greeting to me on October 15th -- thank you for making it so special! Believe me, I am thanking God for His faithfulness to me over many a hurdle and challenge, and I'm looking forward to what the Lord will do in this next new decade. And I know one thing, I'll sure enjoy serving Him alongside friends like you. Looking forward to seeing most of you at NRB!!



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