Joni and his friends, member of NRB, celebrate 40 years of radio ministry — NRB

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NRB party Joni and her friends 40and radio ministry anniversary and the success of more than 10,000 episodes broadcast!

“The life and ministry of Joni Eareckson Tada, especially demonstrated through his radio programs, is a beacon of hope for those who are suffering and seeking,” said NRB CEO Troy A. Miller. “Through decades of skillful Christian communication, she leaves an immense impact on the world and forever changed the course of ministry to people with disabilities.”

In 1967, 17-year-old Joni Eareckson Tada was seriously injured in a diving accident that left her paralyzed below the shoulders. After an immense time spent in rehabilitation, she responded to adversity with dreams and her determination to create “a world where every person with a disability finds hope, dignity and their place in the body of Christ.”

After perceiving a great demand for biblical truth and awareness among people with disabilities, Tada started Joni and Friends in 1979 to respond to Luke 14’s call to “go out quickly… and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame… so that my house may be full.” Advancing disability ministry around the world, the Joni and Friends International Disability Center (IDC) provides outreach services to thousands of families with special needs.

The organization is built on a Christian foundation, training, disciplining and mentoring people with disabilities to serve in their churches and communities by effectively advancing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Joni and Friends has distributed over 40,000 wheelchairs worldwide via wheels for the world and provides retreats for people with disabilities and their families. IDC also offers church training resources, online course, Bible Resourcesand encouragement to those who suffer.

Although Tada’s diving accident left her a quadriplegic, it didn’t stop her from becoming a world-famous author, speaker, disability rights advocate and radio personality through her radio. Joni Eareckson Tada: Sharing Hope and A moment with Joni– reaching thousands of people internationally to remind listeners that there is “hope in every hardship”.

Tada was appointed to the National Council on Disability by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, served as an advisor to Condoleezza Rice on the U.S. Department of State’s Disability Advisory Committee, and served as Senior Associate for Disability Issues on the Committee of Lausanne for world evangelization. Tada is an esteemed communicator, sharing her story through film, radio and over forty-five books, and receiving several honorary degrees.

Joining NRB in 1993, Joni and Friends International Disability Center has been a longtime member of NRB, receiving the 2011 Radio Program of the Year award and Joni Eareckson Tada’s induction into the NRB Hall of Fame in 2012. Tada also sits to the NRB board of directors.

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