Matthew's Story

  • Jan. 14, 2012
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Matthew was 14 years old when he came with his family to volunteer at our Family Retreat.

Hi I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. Matthew was 14 years old when he came with his family to volunteer at our Family Retreat.  He was assigned to help Billy, a kid in a power wheelchair. Unfortunately, Billy’s mother forgot to bring the charger for his wheelchair, and that meant Matthew had to push him everywhere that week.  Matthew’s parents were pretty impressed; for although Billy’s chair was big and heavy, Matthew didn’t complain once but seemed to delight in the challenge.  That Family Retreat was 7 years ago.  Recently I encountered Matthew’s parents and when I asked about him, they said he was now a Marine in training for Special Forces.  I like to think that our ministry played a small part in helping to shape that young man’s character.  That’s what serving with us will do.  Come and join the challenge; volunteer at our Family Retreat. Get all the details at joniandfriends.org.

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