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Eareckson Tada hospitalized, asks for prayers

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/27/19, 04:45 pm

Joni Eareckson Tada, a Christian author and advocate for people with disabilities, has been hospitalized for complications from radiation treatments for breast cancer. The treatments have caused Tada, who was diagnosed with cancer for a second time in November, to have significant pain and difficulty breathing, her ministry, Joni and Friends, said in a statement.

“Knowing the truth of that promise of James 5:16, Joni and Ken [Tada, her husband,] would be most grateful for your prayers today,” the organization said. “As they express confidence that God is in control, the support of prayerful concern would be deeply appreciated.” James 5:16 says, “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”

Tada, 69, became a quadriplegic 51 years ago in a diving accident. Since then, she founded Joni and Friends, an international ministry to people with disabilities. She was WORLD’s Daniel of the Year in 2017.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • Leeper
    Posted: Wed, 03/27/2019 08:20 pm

    She is one of my hero's. Her faith and work in camps for kids with disabilities and their families has been a taste of heaven for our family. Both her and Ken's books have inspired my wife and I. We thank God for their witness.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 03/27/2019 10:57 pm

    Joni is a wonderful example of God's strength being made evident through human weakness.  God bless you, Joni!

    Posted: Thu, 03/28/2019 04:38 pm

    Amazing woman. 

  • 2121Susan
    Posted: Thu, 03/28/2019 09:57 pm

    Your life has been an amazing witness!  Your trust in the Lord is a living example for so many.  Praying for your comfort and peace.  Praying that the Lord will bless you with many more years of living life in submission to Him and in the loving care of His plan for you.  We are in His grip.