Commemorating 45 Years of Quadriplegia

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 23, 2012
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She was only 17 when it happened. A young and vibrant Joni Eareckson Tada snapped her neck in a reckless diving accident, leaving her paralyzed. Faced with life in a wheelchair, Joni could barely hold on to hope. But today, 45 years later, Joni is living out her life serving Christ and people affected by disability. So, how did Joni go from despair and depression to leading a thriving disability ministry? Learn more about Joni’s story through the film that has captivated millions around the world—Joni. And if you’d like to watch a small clip of the Joni film, click here.


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Congratulations Joni on your wonderful ministry for all these years. You have been truly used of God in the lives of so many people. It has been a joy for us to be together several times here at Word of Life NY. I will never forget the last time you were here and sang a song that you dedicated to me. It brought tears to me eyes. I hear you every day on BBN and praise the Lord for your faithfulness. It is always fresh, exciting and challenging. God bless and lets keep going as we wait for the glorious appearing of our wonderful Lord. Your friend Harry Bollback
  • May 22, 2017
  • 8:39 a.m.
  • Harry Bollback
I have heard your radio spot announcements and had to look you up because your voice is so special and your comments so relevant for all to hear. Thank you for what you do!
  • Sept. 15, 2012
  • 12:48 p.m.
  • Carolyn Rhode, M. D.
You are Roman 8:28! Listening to you in the morning is so refreshing. Your laughter and stories have impacted my life. You are my hero and I love you in the Lord.
  • Aug. 28, 2012
  • 7:10 p.m.
  • Vernadine
I want to give God the over your life, and say keep going , keep moving forward in God remembering who you are in him and his purpose for life. ( may your reply to God's will be the same as Jesus reply "Nevertheless" keeping your eye on the prize and God's promises.)
  • July 31, 2012
  • 10:36 a.m.
  • Danielle
I, too, remember seeing the full-film--I was amazed then, on how God graciously got you and your family thru that ordeal. Tho I do not have a SCI, I am in wheel-chair due to M.S. So, to a point, I can relate. My deepest thanks, first of to our Father, then to you,Joni & you Ken!!
  • July 27, 2012
  • 2:39 p.m.
  • Onita
Thank you for surrendering to Him and allowing Him to use in the way He has. You touched my life many years before I suffered a spinal cord injury. Blessings to you, Ken, your families and staff!
  • July 25, 2012
  • 9:13 a.m.
  • Karen Manning
...and the devil shot himself in the foot.
  • July 23, 2012
  • 11:26 p.m.
  • Paul
Hi Joni and Friends This movie touched my life in a way no movie ever has. I never forgot it. Joni, you truly are an inspiration. I was just talking to a guy at work this morning about all you have achieved in your life. You didn't give up, but took every opportunity to make something of your life. Much more than most people achieve in their lifetimes.Thankyou for making this movie.
  • July 23, 2012
  • 4:12 p.m.
  • Sue
Dear Joni, When I was meditating a verse of Scriptures came across my mind: "For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withold from those whose walk is blameless." (Ps 84:11,NIV) Despite the splash- overs of hell,concerning your severe suffering,this promise still stands for you!
  • July 23, 2012
  • 4:09 a.m.
  • San
its amazing it moves me through tears althoug its a long time since this move is made it is a stunning movie and it will always be!!
  • July 23, 2012
  • 12:10 a.m.
  • rita