A Visit from 'Sue Thomas: FB Eye!'

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Sept. 23, 2011
  • In the Media

joni and sue thomasYou may recall this popular television series that followed the true story of Sue Thomas at the FBI in Washington, DC. A longtime friend of Joni's, Sue is profoundly deaf and has an astounding ability to read lips (yes, she really did help crack crimes and bag the bad guys in places FBI listening devices couldn't penetrate). A few days ago, Sue with her hearing-ear dog, Katie, and friend Deborah, came to the International Disability Center for a visit – our staff was treated to a pizza lunch and a chance to hear Sue share her remarkable testimony of how Jesus Christ gripped her heart, guided her life, and gave her extraordinary grace to overcome many challenges!


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I found your site and the post about Sue Thomas through an odd circumstance. I am desperately in need of and searching for a truly good job. I was researching an organization because they have a job posting of interest near my home. In the process, I discovered that, "Joni & Friends-Wheels for the World" is listed as a partner which led me here. I am "oral deaf" and while I have never heard of Sue Thomas until reading about her here (& visiting her site) today, I am compelled to learn more about her and her work. I used to work training Hearing Dogs while I attended Purdue. I have a feeling that Sue and I have things in common. Sometimes inspiration comes to us in wildly unimaginable ways and today, you and Sue Thomas have already inspired me to seek God with an attitude of expectation and anxiety, not of desperation, frustration, and anger. I will have to get the video or book about Sue Thomas at my first opportunity to afford it. Meanwhile, thank you for everything you do! You have always been and continue to be an inspiration.
  • Oct. 1, 2011
  • 1:29 p.m.
  • Chris Redmon
I loved the show but I did not know it was actually a true story That is amazing. I am so glad they made it in to a series. I still watch the reruns whenever there is one on.
  • Sept. 24, 2011
  • 9:15 p.m.
  • Terry Westfall
I thoroughly watching that show a few years ago and still see it from time to time. I especially enjoyed the very prominent references to God.
  • Sept. 24, 2011
  • 6:13 p.m.
  • Dianne
Joni, Thank you for sharing about this outstanding soldier in The LORD's Army♥. I clicked on her name Sue above & saw the work she is in. I loved the beautiful video on her site & the delightful singing "Till The Storm Passes By
  • Sept. 24, 2011
  • 2:07 p.m.
  • Leslie.n
Fantastic , you both are,' your really looking good Joni . do hope and pray you are feeling good Much love Muriel xx
  • Sept. 24, 2011
  • 12:04 p.m.
  • Muriel Annett
I am so excited to hear about this. Thank you for sharing about Sue Thomas. When I was in college my ASL instructor invited us over to her home to watch "Sue Thomas: FB Eye" when it first came out. It was a great show, and I'm excited to get to know more about Sue Thomas now.
  • Sept. 24, 2011
  • 11:49 a.m.
  • Rachel Lundy
Dear Joni, How exciting to have Sue Thomas come and speak to your staff. I have taught deaf kids for 36 years and she is such a wonderful example of accomplishment to my students! I so enjoyed her book and all the episodes of the tv show. Along with 2 other friends, I visited your center this past summer. On our tour I remember seeing an "I love you" figure on your shelf in your studio!! I jumped for joy!
  • Sept. 24, 2011
  • 11:43 a.m.
  • Cherie Horak
We enjoyed Sue when she was here in our church in Vermont. I especially enjoyed having her sing "Silent Night"
  • Sept. 24, 2011
  • 11:34 a.m.
  • Eleanor Temple
Thanks for sharing this Joni. What a sweet picture of the two of you :)
  • Sept. 24, 2011
  • 11:25 a.m.
  • Theresa Schwartz