Evangelical author, broadcaster and disability ministry founder Joni Eareckson Tada has thanked God for helping her survive another health ordeal. She was in hospital for two and a half weeks with double pneumonia.
“Like many of the people we serve who struggle with constant health challenges, I can say with them: God rescued me! After 16 days in the hospital struggling with double pneumonia, I am home, happy, healing, and resting. The hospital provided oxygen for me, but it’s only temporary,” she posted.
The 73-year-old said God’s promise in the book of Isaiah was a source of comfort for her. “I’m so thankful to [husband] Ken (and several awesome friends) for all they did to care for me. They made sure I rested. At night, the promise from God in Isaiah 43:1-2 was such a great source of comfort: Do not be afraid, for you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. Yes, Jesus was with me through every scan, x-ray, blood draw, and breathing treatment,” Joni wrote.
“The entire experience reminded me of how critical it is to share the salvation message of Jesus with the families we serve. It’s why we do what we do at Joni and Friends, and I couldn’t be happier than to be on the frontlines with you and every friend of the ministry. THANK YOU for your love, prayers, and support and for rejoicing with me and Ken as I improve each day! Onward and upwards,” she concluded.
CBN News reports she has been a fighter ever since she became a quadriplegic in a diving accident as a young woman, and more recently she has fought off cancer. Just last month Joni was awarded the Ukrainian White Cross Medal of Honour for helping rescue more than 300 Ukrainians with disabilities from the war.
For the last 47 years, her ministry has been committed to reaching and serving people with disabilities, not only with practical help, but with the saving love of Jesus Christ.