Genuine Affection

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Aug. 25, 2016
  • Joni's Posts, Cause 4 Life, Video Archives

Joni and Friends just finished hosting a most unique group of Cause 4 Life interns. Although they were from all over North America, it didn’t take long for this group of young people to form a genuine affection for each other. After only five days together, they went to the beach -- Kelsie, one of the interns who uses a wheelchair, wished she had brought her old braces so she, too, could wade in the water. Scarcely had she spoken when she found herself being lifted and carried over the sand and into the Pacific Ocean by her fellow interns. Caleb, also an intern, captured the whole thing on video – it’s a MUST-see! Kelsie said later, “Joni, it was so cool! I wasn’t a burden. The interns really wanted me with them, experiencing everything.” Those exceptional interns felt Kelsie was worth being included, no matter what it took. Romans 12:10 says, “Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” Interested in doing that? Find out more about our internships on our Cause 4 Life page!

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<p><a href="">Kelsie and the Cause for Life Family at the Beach</a> from <a href="">Caleb Cameron</a> on <a href="">Vimeo</a>.</p>


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Thank you for sharing this! It brings back so many sweet memories of my intern buddies helping me step into the Pacific Ocean for the first time too during the Cause 4 Life Bootcamp June 2014. And, as Kelsie said, I didn't feel like a burden at all! What we were being taught as interns, they were living out even at just five days into the internship---looking past a disability and seeing the person and embracing Kelsie (and me) for who we are in Christ. Ah, what love that exemplifies Jesus!
  • Aug. 25, 2016
  • 3:16 p.m.
  • Beth Massengale
Hooray for all the interns!!! Hooray for Kelsey feeling the water from the Pacific Ocean!! I loved the feet all moving in unison on the video💚 Thank you for sharing
  • Aug. 25, 2016
  • 8:53 a.m.
  • Cathy Michaels