Hiralda Walks

  • Aug. 14, 2012
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At a recent Wheels for the World outreach in Peru, we met one of the most energetic 9-year olds—Hiralda.

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. At a recent Wheels for the World outreach in Peru, we met one of the most energetic 9-year olds—Hiralda. This kid had never been able to walk. But she was brimming with energy and possibility. When our physical therapist examined Hiralda’s legs and hips, we realized she had potential to walk. Soon afterward, a lightweight pediatric walker was brought out and Hiralda, grinning from ear to ear, courageously took her first tentative steps. She was pretty shaky, but was she afraid? No way. Oh, that we could be like Hiralda. Because God commands us to, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid. I am with you every step of the way.” So today, be bold. Don’t let fear weigh you down. God is with you. And if Hiralda’s story has touched you and you’d like to take a bold step to serve children with disabilities, visit joniandfriends.org.

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