Joni Eareckson TadaJoni Eareckson Tada was born on October 15, 1949, Baltimore, Maryland in 1950 to John and Lindy Eareckson. She was the youngest of four sisters. As a teenager, Tada enjoyed riding horses, hiking, tennis, and swimming. On July 30, 1967, she dove into Chesapeake Bay after misjudging the shallowness of the water. She suffered a fracture between the fourth and fifth cervical levels and became a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the shoulders down.Her life dramatically was altered, and rehabilitation painfully and slow with very little progress in her life. Answer months staring at the walls in a hospital room. Depression set in and wanted to end her life, and questioned where God was,and wondered if this part of God plan in her life. Prior to her diving accident she prayed that God would change her life – that he’d turn it around was this part of God plan?. After two years of rehabilitation she able move her arms, and went home, however, she had strong desire to physical healed.One day while she and sister were watching tv, and an ad about Kathryn Kuhlman was coming to Washington a faith healer who claimed to healed the sick, physical disable and the lame. Joni and sister went expecting, and believed God would heal her. At the end of meeting to her dismay, she still in her a wheelchair, and the usher wheel her along other disable people to the elevator. She asks this question herself, what wrong with this picture? Once more she develops a bitter root and wanted to die, and went into her room and miserable to those who were trying to help her. One day her sister opens up the drapes and gave sister gave her a Bible to read. While flipping through it she read Mark 1; 38 Jesus stated, “ He said to them, “Let us go somewhere else to the towns nearby, so that I may preach there also; for that is what I came for.” It hit her like a ton bricks that Jesus mission was to proclaim the gospel. According to Joni the real problem was her sin in her live in which it separated her from God, in which eventually would lead her to hell. While sickness, the disable, and the lame was cause and effect of sin. It was not paralysis in which left her in a wheelchair cause and effect it was bitter spirit that indwells her soul, it was sin in her life that separate her from God. That why Jesus came to atone for her sins.The main purpose why Jesus came into the world is to redeem us from our sins.The bigger picture was sin not her disability. Gradually she that God calling to be an evangelist to the disable. As written in the Scriptures states, “Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. He comforts us in all our affliction,so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so through Christ our comfort also overflows. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation. Who able. ministered, and give hope, and encouraging word to a person who in a wheelchair than one who in a wheelchair themselves. Who could present the gospel to a disabled person than one who is disable themselves. In 1979 she moved to California, and started ministering to the disabled. She called it Joni and Friends Ministries (JAF Ministries), fulfilling the mandate of Jesus in Luke 14:13,23 to meet the needs of the poor, crippled, and lame. Joni understood first-hand the loneliness and alienation many handicapped people faced and their need for friendship and salvation. The ministry was soon immersed with calls for both physical and spiritual help for the disabled. Equipping the local churches, effective outreach to the disabled, an often overlooked mission field.
Since, she was naturally creative, she learned to draw and paint holding her utensils with her teeth. She began selling her artwork and the endeavor was a great success. She also wrote 48 books.Joni Eareckson Tada Accomplishments •Bachelor of Letters from Western Maryland College•An honorary Doctor of Humanities from Gordon College•An honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Columbia International University, the first honorary doctorate bestowed in its 75-year history•An honorary Doctor of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary•An honorary Doctor of Divinity from Lancaster Bible College•An honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Indiana Wesleyan UniversityAn honorary Doctor of Laws from Biola University Established Joni and Friends Ministrie
Joni Eareckson Tada Quotes My weakness, that is, my quadriplegia, is my greatest asset because it forces me into the arms of Christ every single morning when I get up.
My life goal is to see the world’s one billion people with disabilities embraced and encouraged by the church.
Alzheimer’s disease is never an ‘accident’ in a marriage. It falls under the purview of God’s sovereignty. In the case of someone with Alzheimer’s, this means God’s unconditional and sacrificial love has an opportunity to be even more gloriously displayed in a life together.
he hallmark of a healthy society has always been measured by how it cares for the disadvantaged.Sometimes God allows what he hates to accomplish what he loves.”