When Despair Takes Over

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 23, 2016
  • Joni's Posts, Family Retreats

Bonnie LiltzRecently I read a heartbreaking story about Bonnie Liltz, a mother who thought she was dying of ovarian cancer - despairing over what might happen to her adopted daughter, Courtney, who had cognitive limitations and CP, she tragically took her daughter's life. Bonnie was afraid that, after she died, her 23-year-old mentally-impaired child would have to live out her life in a dreary institution. Does that excuse Bonnie's actions? No, it does not. Yet whatever your thoughts about this terrible tragedy, it does shed light on the plight of many other parents of young adults with disabilities who worry what will happen to their child when they are no longer able to provide care. Some of these same families will be attending our Family Retreats this summer - ask God to lift the despair, and fill their hearts with hope for their child's future. Also pray that the church will begin to 'stand in the gap,' providing compassionate solutions for these aging parents and their young adult children with disabilities!


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Hello Joni I found ur website by coincidence and I find it just awesome! I am anparent also. My dagther has down syndrome and I am an advocate for inclusion of people with disabilities in the mainstream of community life. If It is God's will I am planning some events and I'll be checking ur websites for ideas. May God continue to bless you. Do you think that I coukd get in touch with you so you coukd give me some ideas?
  • Aug. 10, 2016
  • 6:17 a.m.
  • Josefina Munoz
God Bless you Joni and Ken for the hope and faith that your ministry holds forth to people who face overwhelming trials. You are an inspiration and an example of the love of Jesus. My heart and prayers are with you as you minister to lift the faith of families who attend your retreat for guidance and help. God bless you richly!
  • May 23, 2016
  • 11:07 p.m.
  • Sally