People Who Inspire Joni: Diana Mood

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 16, 2018

Diana MoodYes, that's me around 1974, and that's my friend, Diana Mood – why does she still inspire me to this day? Well, right after I broke my neck, she lived out John 15:13, "Greater love has no one than this: that he lay down his life for his friends." Diana was a constant companion when I was in the hospital recovering from my spinal cord injury – she even took a semester away from college so she could be a candy-striper in my hospital (that way, she could help me more).

When I graduated from rehab, Diana continued to help me adjust to my new life in a wheelchair. She even convinced me to sign up for classes at the University of Maryland (she found notetakers to assist me, and other helpers to meet me in the cafeteria). In short, she became the gospel to me, showcasing what John 15:13 should look like in everyday life. Diana taught me that normal Christian service is sacrificial service. And that's why she ranks under "People Who Inspire Me!"


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Joni and Friends ministry has been good for me and my disabled wife Sally. Your ministry has taught me about suffering, and what the bible says about it. It has been over 23 years since near drowning that took our old life away. No warning it was coming. I take care of my darling wife of 46 years everyday (with help). Sally has total loss of limbs, cortical blindness, anoxic brain injury, memory loss, swallowing problems and the list goes on. We share in wonderful love for each other everyday, even though life is hard. We look forward to the new life that He will give all those who love Him. I tell Sally she will get a new body. Praise be to our Lord Jesus. Sally and I look forward to the day He will transform us from this world, and be with Him forever. Your ministry is so important to those disabled, broken, sick people who are loved by God. Often they are forgotten, cast aside, and ignored. Thank you Joni for following the Lord in your ministry.
  • Nov. 6, 2018
  • 10:38 a.m.
  • Dale Phelps
Thank Christ our Lord and our God. Amen. Thanks.
  • Aug. 30, 2018
  • 6:58 a.m.
  • Ronald Davies
Joni, Both you and your friend are incredible examples of living for Christ! Thank you both for all you do in His name.
  • Aug. 11, 2018
  • 6:34 a.m.
  • Paula Clapp
Dear Joni, Your ministry, for many years, has been a primary source of support for my faith and that of my handicapped daughter. Please pray for my two sons and their wives to come to faith in Jesus. Thank you, Rosemarie
  • June 5, 2018
  • 1:07 p.m.
  • Rosemarie McDonnell
I am so blessed to have found this ministry. I have been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I am not worried however, God has shown me great and wonderful things through it all. Like you Joni I have had friends show this same scripture to me. I never knew I had so many great friends in my life. I pray for your ministry and my spiritual walk to be half as grand as yours. blessings from Just me .
  • March 28, 2018
  • 5:26 a.m.
  • Brenda Shaw
My wife has chiari malfunction number 1 and has a lot pain. Please pray for her that God heal her. I love her very much and her name is Toni. She keeps a great attitude and loves Jesus. I told her about your testimony and she was inspired by it. May God continue to bless you and give you strength in your pain as well. Your brother in Christ, Stephen Robison
  • March 27, 2018
  • 9:41 p.m.
  • Stephen Robison
You know, this makes an excellent point on John 15:13. Many people think that means to die for another, but I think it means to live for others. Taking the example of Christ found in Philippians 2, Jesus considered His life in Heaven with the Father, to be nothing, and humbled himself to walk as a human. While He did lay down his human life for us, that was not His ultimate sacrifice. This life was nothing to lay down! The real sacrifice was to lay aside all He had in Heaven to serve us.
  • March 14, 2018
  • 6:42 a.m.
  • Dave Mitchell
What a beautiful example of being a good friend in the heart of Jesus
  • Feb. 20, 2018
  • 10:08 a.m.
  • skrotpiser
Hello Joni, Diana and you are precious and faithful friends for each other and certainly for many others too!!! God bless you both and thank you Joni for sharing this. It is a good example for me about how to be a Christian friend.
  • Feb. 19, 2018
  • 12:20 p.m.
  • Marja Poutiainen
What a beautiful example of being a good friend in the heart of Jesus. God bless Diana and you Joni!!! Thank you so much for everything precious you are for us and so many people!!
  • Feb. 16, 2018
  • 8:20 a.m.
  • Marja Poutiainen