A Friend to the Disabled part 1
Joni Eareckson Tada and Ken Tada
There are more than one billion people and families with disabilities in the world today. A staggering figure when you think this relates to close to one in every six people in the world who suffer in this way. Our guests today, in this exclusive two part special, have given their lives to bringing Christ’s love and hope to people with disabilities. They have been gracious to share in this interview recorded at the Joni and Friends International Disabilities Center in Agoura Hills, California.
Joni Eareckson Tada is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Joni and Friends International Disabilities Center. She is an international advocate for people with disabilities. A diving accident in 1967 left Joni Eareckson, then 17, a quadriplegic in a wheelchair, unable to use her hands. After two years of rehabilitation she emerged with new skills and a fresh determination to help others in similar situations. Her Bestselling autobiography which became a feature film has been translated into many languages. She has traveled to 45 nations, written over 70 books and magazine articles, has a daily radio program that reaches more than one million people each week, and has received numerous honorary doctorates, and multiple awards from prestigious organizations, which includes being inducted to the National Religious Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Joni’s been featured on TV shows like “Larry King Live” and ABC World News Tonight, as well as radio shows like Focus on the Family. She is married to Ken Tada, a retired history teacher and football coach. He is a member of the International Board of Directors of Joni and Friends International Disabilities Center.
“…when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,…” Luke 14:13