For Immediate Release
January 17, 2012

Robert McFarland





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Manassas, VA – Joni Eareckson Tada will receive the prestigious NRB Hall of Fame Award during the February 21st Awards Dinner at the NRB 2012 Convention & Exposition.

“I know of no better testimony of how Christ’s strength is made perfect through weakness than the life of Joni Eareckson Tada,” said NRB President & CEO Dr. Frank Wright. “Joni has stared suffering in the face and seen the face of Christ. It is our honor and privilege to induct her into NRB’s Hall of Fame.”

In 1979 God called Joni Eareckson to launch Joni and Friends, a ministry to help families like hers, as well as equip churches to embrace disabled people.  Joni became passionate about helping other people with disabilities, and their families, grasp what the Bible has to say about suffering and the sovereignty of God. In 1982, she married Ken Tada who, given his background coaching Special Olympics, was able to share the same passion. That year, Joni Eareckson Tada began recording Joni and Friends, her daily five-minute feature which provides inspiration and encouragement to hurting people. In 2007, she began recording her one-minute daily radio feature Diamonds in the Dust. Through radio, Joni has been able to raise a new awareness concerning God's purpose in physical hardships.

The National Religious Broadcasters Hall of Fame stands as a witness for current communicators, a showcase of warriors for Christ who live exemplary lives of valor and compassion, blazing trails and leaving paths for succeeding generations to follow. NRB's most prestigious award is presented to an individual NRB member for invaluable contribution to the field of Christian communications, exhibition of the highest standards and evidence of faithfulness in Christ.

About NRB
The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members. Learn more at

About The NRB Convention
The annual Convention & Exposition is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of nearly 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their ministries. NRB 2012 is being held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, February 18-21, 2012. For registration and other Convention information go to:




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