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Joni and Friends®

Here's the most recent news and updates for this outstanding ministry!

Joni Eareckson Tada Says, "Try Something New!"

  • Tuesday, September 6, 2016

My son-in-law text me from Catalina Island where he'd taken my daughter for her birthday.  While looking at renting a golf cart for a leisurely cruise around the island, he told Rachel that she could do whatever she wanted because it was her birthday.

Much to my son-in-law's chagrin, Rachel told him she wanted to go parasailing -- that's my adventurous 23 year old!

While I've been known to have a bit of an adventuresome spirit, with 51 looming on the horizon, it's not as vibrant of a spirit as it once was . . . and, so no ...

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My Favorite Olympic Moment

  • Monday, August 22, 2016

My favorite Olympic moment is one that epitomizes sportsmanship.

New Zealand runner Nikki Hamblin was lying on the track, after a heavy fall and the reality of her chances at medaling, over. Unexpectedly, she felt a hand on her shoulder and heard someone saying to her, "Get up. We have to finish this."

It was American Abbey D'Agostino, offering to help. In response, Hamblin recalls thinking, "Yup, yup, you're right. This is the Olympics Games. We have to finish this."

Both runners were on their feet and continuing in the race, but D'Agostino was in pain. She ...

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A Q & A Session with Joni About Suffering

  • Monday, July 25, 2016

I met up recently with a high school friend who is struggling through some tough life situations.

We read through Psalms and prayed.  I also told him about Joni Eareckson Tada. While he'd heard about her (he'd heard her on the radio), he wasn't familiar with her ministry or her life story.

I took him to the Joni and Friends® Facebook page and played last Friday's Facebook Live event, A Question and Answer Session with Joni about Suffering.

He was ministered to from the very start when Doug Mazza, President of Joni and Friends®, introduced Joni ...

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Joni: An Unforgettable Story #JoniBook

  • Sunday, June 5, 2016

His Alone Class & Joni: An Unforgettable StoryIn a split second, the lives of some are transformed forever.

This was the reality for Joni Eareckson Tada who, in one split second, went from being an active young woman to facing every day in a wheelchair.

And as this month marks the 40th anniversary of her award-winning autobiography, Joni: An Unforgettable Story, I thought it fitting to share it with my Sunday School Class.  Our class of single women includes those who have never been married as well as those whose lives have been changed in a split second when a husband has left a marriage or ...

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Joni on the National Day of Prayer

  • Sunday, May 1, 2016

I was asked to lead the prayer time in  our Sunday School Class this weekend. Many had come to class with burdened hearts – one had just lost a sister to cancer, one needed strength to face her estranged husband, one wanted prayer for her son and daughter-in-law in the last trimester of a high risk pregnancy.

We spent about thirty minutes of class time in prayer. We didn't conclude the time with answers to prayers, but what we did gain was peace knowing we'd placed our petitions at the throne of our Lord God almighty.

This Thursday is ...

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Hymns at Easter

  • Monday, March 21, 2016

Usually it's my children asking me questions.  Not this time. 

While serving in the 2-year old Sunday school class this weekend, it was my 13 year-old Rebecca who was fielding the questions.  One of the little girls asked her why there was a picture of a palm tree leaf on the church bulletin.   Rebecca told her it was Palm Sunday, the day Jesus went to Jerusalem and that the crowds welcomed Him by waving palm branches. The inquisitive girl asked why the people welcomed Him.  Rebecca told her it was because they knew He was their Savior and they ...

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