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Be Prepared To Give An Answer

As an older Christian (having placed my faith in Christ as a teenager), I'd like to think I'm prepared to share about my beliefs.  The reality is we need to be diligent in that commitment.  

Joni Eareckson Tada just returned from the Wilberforce Weekend in Washington DC where she was recognized by The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview with the 2012 William Wilberforce Award honoring her work on behalf of the disabled and her stands against social injustice.

"The Colson Center helps Christians develop an informed worldview that sees, understands and engages the world from a biblical perspective," Alan Terwilleger, Colson Center President. "By recognizing Tada for her campaigns to raise disability awareness, public policy advocacy and efforts to spread the gospel across the globe, we hope to shine a light on her esteemed work that promotes the sanctity of all lives."

Named for famed British abolitionist William Wilberforce, the Colson Center's Wilberforce Award is given annually to a Christian trailblazer who has combated the social ills of the day through extraordinary personal effort, skill and influence, affecting positive change in the values and character of society. 

As Joni returned to the office, the first thing she did was show Doug Mazza, president of Joni and Friends®, the actual Wilberforce Award which she received -- she notes that she did so in the spirit of 1 Peter 3:15-16, "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander."  As Joni reflects, ". . . that should be us Christians, whether it's talking about religious liberties, life and marriage, or winning people to Christ!" 

We join with the many giving thanks for Joni's service to the Kingdom and for the reminder that we all need to be "ready" to carry out 1 Peter 3:15-16! 

Lee Ann Jackson 

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P.S. We invite you to watch this video tribute to Joni and then, maybe take a moment to congratulate her on being the 2012 recipient of the Wilberforce Award!

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