Joni and Friends is answering the call in the Gospel of Luke 14: "Invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind and you will be blessed ... make them come in so my house will be full."
After a diving accident in 1967 left Joni Eareckson Tada, then 17, a quadriplegic in a wheelchair, she was determined to help others in similar situations, founding Joni and Friends in 1979. Today, Joni and Friends accelerates Christian ministry in the disability community by communicating the Gospel to people with disabilities and their families, equipping Christ-honoring churches for disability ministry, training and mentoring people with disabilities, and promoting a biblical worldview on disability through education and policy.
Joni and Friends serves thousands of special-needs families through Family Retreat, and has delivered more than 100,000 wheelchairs and Bibles to needy disabled persons in developing nations. In 1982, Joni began hosting Joni and Friends, a five-minute radio program of information and encouragement. Now four minutes in length, Joni’s radio program continues to be on the air. The one-minute inspirational program, Diamonds in the Dust, also airs daily.
In addition to radio, Joni is host of a 30-minute television series called Joni and Friends, which highlights the stories of people enduring difficult trials while continuing to trust in God. An award-winning author, public speaker, and renowned mouth-artist, Joni Eareckson Tada was honored with the prestigious NRB Hall of Fame Award in 2012 and currently serves on the NRB Board of Directors.
By NRB Staff
Published: October 29, 2015