Anniversary of Dr. Zhang Xu

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 12, 2016
  • Joni's Posts, International

Dr. Zhang Xu, Judy and Robyn

My longtime friend, Judy Butler (pictured in blue), recently served as a volunteer at our International Family Retreat in China. After the retreat, she and her companion Robyn traveled seven hours on a train to Anshan to visit Dr. Zhang Xu (in the wheelchair). Zhang Xu broke his neck in a diving accident 19 years ago on May 12 — there were many difficult, depressing days but after reading an English copy of the Joni book, he opened his heart to Christ. Now, nearly 20 years later, this man has created Bethesda Rehabilitation Center in his city; Zhang Xu and volunteers from his church also provide practical help to impoverished special-needs families living in the country. Last Sunday, Judy and Robyn worshiped in his church. When I saw this photo, and remembered that May 12 is the anniversary of Zhang Xu's diving accident, I marveled at all God is doing through this remarkable brother in Christ. Only the Lord could have done this, and it is marvelous in my eyes! Help me honor Zhang Xu's 'accident anniversary' by praying for Bethesda and its outreach. And post him a note of encouragement – I know he'd love to hear from you :-).


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Dear Joni, quote yours from your reflection: "...Back in the ’70s, my Bible study friend Steve Estes shared ten little words that set the course for my life: “God permits what he hates to accomplish what he loves.” Steve explained it this way: “Joni, God allows all sorts of things he doesn’t approve of. God hated the torture, injustice, and treason that led to the crucifixion. Yet he permitted it so that the world’s worst murder could become the world’s only salvation. In the same way, God hates spinal cord injury, yet he permitted it for the sake of Christ in you—as well as in others. Like Joseph when he told his brothers, ‘God intended [my suffering] for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives’” (Gen. 50:20). ". unqte I love you, Joni and also have very high respect for your husband Ken. Thanks both of you for being such an inspiration. You are all tremendous soldiers of Christ ! I will make a humble donation for brother Zhang Xu's ministry (hope I will be able to figure out the online payment). In Christ
  • Nov. 27, 2017
  • 5:32 p.m.
  • Hanna
Many Blessings to our dear brother in Christ, Dr. Zhang Xu!! Be encouraged that God chose you before the beginning of time, to do His good work.....and you are!! We rejoice in all God has done through you on the anniversary of your driving "Accident" .
  • May 21, 2016
  • 6:24 p.m.
  • Beth Hohenberger
Zhang Xu, it is great to hear of your ministry in China. I am much encouraged by your faith and how it has empowered you to be an overcomer in living with a disability. The strength and love of God shines through your smile. Your help for others brings hope and encouragement to all who hear of you. That is eternal. What an awesome God we serve. Keeping Bethesda in prayer. Thanking God for you!
  • May 16, 2016
  • 4:03 p.m.
  • Amy
你好! Zhang Xu, I am humbled and inspired by your love for the needy despite your own disabilities. May God bless you richly both in this life and the next.
  • May 15, 2016
  • 3:16 p.m.
  • Alison Capey
Thank you for sharing. Sometimes it is diffecult to feel how much he loves us. Please God let Us know and understand.Thanks! :-)
  • May 13, 2016
  • 11:43 a.m.
  • Trine Berthelsen
Thank you for the rehab center and the work you are doing. I thank and praise God for Joni's book "Joni", for her work, the work of her organization and thevworknyounare doing in China. God bless you all.
  • May 13, 2016
  • 4:22 a.m.
  • Barbara R. White
Rejoicing that in Christ we are brother and sister saved by grace. Thank you for all you have done to help and bless those with disabilities in China. I Thank Christ for saving your life twice.
  • May 12, 2016
  • 8:53 p.m.
  • Diane Prairie
Dear Dr. Zhang Xu, What a blessing it is to hear how the Lord has taken your tragedy and turned it into such a great blessing! I ask God today that He continue to bring many, many more blessings to you and Bethesda in the outreach He is pouring Himself into and through. Blessings upon blessings! In Jesus name! Ann Arn, Los Angeles, CA
  • May 12, 2016
  • 8:26 p.m.
  • Ann Arn
Greetings from Missouri! Anniversaries are important. Commemorating a significant event like this may be difficult in some regards but should also be inspirational. We are coming up on the one year anniversary of my 20 year old stepdaughter's accident that left her a quadriplegic, but instead of being sad for what she's lost I want to help her celebrate what she's gained. God spared her life on purpose for His purpose. In the same way He has spared yours to bring Him glory in the work you're doing in China to minister to those with special needs. Be of good cheer that God called you and "equipped" do this work in His name. May He bless you richly in the days to come.
  • May 12, 2016
  • 6:50 p.m.
  • Ann Green
Dr. Xu, How so incredibly beautiful it is to hear of our God using a past "mistake" and turning it into so much good. The enemy would have rather it be wasted to shame but your eyes were opened to see His glory. May He keep you and show Himself all the more as you grow in His beautiful grace. I'll remember you in my prayers and look forward to meeting you in our future heavenly home!
  • May 12, 2016
  • 6:23 p.m.
  • Brian Bickett
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