Joni Eareckson Tada


A diving accident in 1967 left Joni Eareckson Tada a quadriplegic in a wheelchair. Today, she is an internationally known mouth artist, a talented vocalist, a radio host, an author of 17 books and an advocate for disabled persons worldwide. In this audio story, you’ll meet Joni and hear how she struggled to accept God’s design in her paralysis.

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Joni and Friends International Disability Center, an organization accelerating Christian ministry in the disability community throughout the world. The center’s programs include:

  •  ”Joni and Friends,” a daily five minute radio program that reaches over one million listeners a week
  • Family retreats for hundreds of special need families across the United States
  • Wheels for the World has provided 34,000 refurbished wheelchairs to needy disabled individuals in developing naitons
  • Joni and Friends’ Field Services provide training and resources to promote church ministry to those affected by disability and those who can help

Joni’s best-selling and award-winning works cover a wide range of topics and include: A Christmas Longing (1990), The Life and Death Dilemma (1995), Heaven: Your Real Home (1995), The God I Love (2003), and two books co-authored by Steve Estes When God Weeps: Why Our Sufferings Matter to the Almighty (1977) and A Step Further (1978).

Joni and her husband Ken have been married since 1982. Ken retired from 32 years of teaching in 2004 and ministers alongside Joni as they travel across the country and around the world.

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