Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Be Encouraged!

Could you use something encouraging today?

Well, a couple days ago, I was listening to the radio and Joni Erickson Tada's radio show came on. For those of you who may not know, Joni is a lady who, at the age of 17 became a quadriplegic, as the result of a diving accident. She has since, through the work of the Lord Jesus in her life, used her handicap as an incredible platform for ministry. Well, on this particular radio program she was talking about one of the ministries she has started called: Wheels For The World. This ministry travels to various countries providing wheelchairs to people who would otherwise likely never be able own one. Some of these people live on grass mats and crawl around on hands and knees. Well, I had heard of this ministry before, but as I listened a couple days ago, I learned about a really neat aspect of the ministry that I hadn't realized. Many (or perhaps all, I don't know) of the wheelchairs they give away are donated, used chairs. Many of these chairs are then sent to 22 different prison facilities around this country where prisoners VOLUNTEER their time to refurbish the chairs!!! If you'd like to watch a short, great video where they talk to some of the prisoners involved in this ministry, click on this link: Joni and Friends Radio. Once there, you should see the video on the left side of the screen. If it has been removed from the front page... you should be able to search the website. The video is entitled: The Prison That Set Me Free.

Be encouraged!

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