I remember when I was a young teen going to see the movie about Joni Eareckson called Joni. This was the biography of Joni Eareckson up until that time. It covered her accident and rehabilitation. By the end of the movie Joni had started painting with her mouth.
Most every Christian in the United States, even many countries around the world, has heard of Joni and her ministry of encouragement and practical help to the disabled and those with disabilities. Her Joni and Friends provides wheelchairs for the needy all around the world.
On Wednesday June 22, 2010, Joni announced that she had cancer and would be having surgery on June 28th.
You have heard me often say that our afflictions come from the hand of our all-wise and sovereign God, and although cancer is something new, I am content to receive from God whatever He deems fit for me – even if it is from His left hand (better from His left hand, than no hand at all, right?!). Yes, it’s alarming, but rest assured that Ken and I are utterly convinced that God is going to use this to stretch our faith, brighten our hope, and strengthen our witness to others…
Especially at Joni and Friends. We’ve always prized the ministry God has given Joni and Friends to people facing a variety of disabilities; everything from autism to Alzheimer’s, from spina bifida to spinal cord injury. For years I have hoped that my quadriplegia might encourage people struggling with cancer… now I have a chance to truly empathize and journey alongside, affirming that God’s grace is always sufficient for whatever the disease or disability. … more
If you aren’t familiar with her story get the book and read it: