A Purpose in the Pain: An Interview with Joni Eareckson Tada

from Oct 18, 2011 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

Joni Eareckson TadaJoni Eareckson Tada has lived in a wheelchair for more than forty years due to a diving accident at age seventeen. She is the founder of Joni and Friends, a nonprofit organization founded in 1979 to accelerate Christian ministry in the disability community through various outreach and church training programs. Joni and Friends has distributed more than thirty-eight thousand wheelchairs worldwide through Wheels for the World. 

This month’s issue of Tabletalk features an interview with Joni Eareckson Tada and she answers questions like these:

  • When you first discovered that you would never use your arms and legs again, what went through your mind and how did you cope with this reality?
  • Which passages of Scripture have given you encouragement during your struggles with disability and cancer?
  • How important is it for a person with a disability to have the support of his or her family and church during such times?
  • What is the best way to help nondisabled people view disabled people as more than just the sum of their disabilities?