Most in the Evangelical world are familiar with Joni Eareckson Tada's story. Not sure if she's so well known in Catholic circles.
Joni was left a teen quadriplegic in 1967 after a diving accident. Her 1976 book, Joni, really impacted me.
Here's a clip of a great interview Larry King conducted with Joni...
My friend Adam McManus of the KSLR Take A Stand radio show is raising sponsorship for 75 wheelchairs for Joni's Wheels for the World ministry, which provides wheelchairs to disabled people in third world countries. By refurbishing used wheelchairs, total cost for each is only $150. Adam is only 8 wheelchairs away from his goal.
If you would like to pledge for an entire wheelchair, great. Call 1-888-294-5664, mentioning Adam's name.
Or if you would like to combine forces with me to sponsor one wheelchair, either email me or leave a comment with the amount you'd like to pledge, which is tax deductible. I'll discuss arrangements with you offline.
What a beautiful heart Joni has! The Outreach videos are amazing, this is truly a very special ministry. There is a severely crippled woman on the Kenya video who has to walk on her hands and feet in the dirt until she is provided with a special walker that allows her to stand upright. Her smile is priceless.Posted by: Janet at July 31, 2008 2:27 PM
"Not sure if she's so well known in Catholic circles. "
I consider myself a fairly well-informed Catholic, but I haven't heard of her. I'm glad you've told us about her, though. She sounds like a wonderful woman.Posted by: Bobby Bambino at July 31, 2008 2:44 PM
Bobby, I was thinking perhaps not. Thanks for the insight.Posted by: Jill Stanek at July 31, 2008 2:58 PM
I love Joni!!Posted by: Carla at July 31, 2008 3:12 PM
I'm Catholic, and I remember reading her book (or a book about her) as a child. She's the one who became quadriplegic after a diving accident, then learned to paint with her teeth, right?
Nonetheless, I didn't learn about her at church or CCD or anything.... just from the summer reading list at the public library, I think. I loved that book!Posted by: Sue at July 31, 2008 4:45 PM
Oh, Joni has been an inspiration to me since I was a little girl!Posted by: Bethany at July 31, 2008 4:51 PM
Joni,has been an inspiration to me and millions of others. She has been on the forefront fighting against the euthanasia (sp?)movement and fought against Terri Schivao's death sentence by dehydration inflicted by her adulterous husband. Has anyone forgot how the Democrats ridiculed pro-lifers and then Gov. Jeb Bush for fighting for Terri's life. How did they ever let an adulterous husband and his mistress decide the fate of this woman, when her parents begged him to divorce their daughter and said they would take care of her? Talk about our country promoting a "culture of death", unless you happen to be a "chosen, wanted one". God help our nation. I know this is a little off topic but seeing Joni reminded me of Terri.Posted by: Prolifer L at July 31, 2008 7:47 PM
Prolifer L, Amen.