Wheels Promo

  • Dec. 16, 2016
  • #9035

Here is an opportunity to be kind to the poor by providing child-sized wheelchairs to needy children. 

Wheels Promo

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada with a special request.

And it has to do with my husband Ken who served on a “Wheels for the World” team earlier this year. He served on the team that went to Cuba, as did Doug Mazza, President of Joni and Friends. Believe me, these guys did not have on their coats and ties, no, rather, they donned their Wheels for the World t-shirts, strapped on their tool belts, got down in the dirt to assemble and adjust each pediatric wheelchair to each little boy and girl with a disability. And when I saw the video of their work, oh, my goodness, it so touched my heart.

As you know, Cuba is not a democracy, and people with disabilities there are on the lowest rung of the socio-economic ladder. Wheelchairs are hard to come by, especially the sort of wheelchairs that we bring; you know, those beautiful little child-sized wheelchairs with the chest harness, seat belts, side supports, head rests, adjustable back support and foot pedals. I mean, we can fit a 9-year-old boy in a wheelchair like that, and as he grows, the wheelchair can grow with him. That’s unheard of in a country like Cuba! And so, twice a year, our Wheels for the World teams take not only hundreds of wheelchairs, but Bibles in the Spanish language. And we work with solid, evangelical pastors who give the Gospel at all of our wheelchair distributions. How do we do this in a nation like Cuba? Well, God has generously opened the way and shown us favor. But I also think that the Cuban government sees the extraordinary gifts of these wheelchairs, and thus they look away when we give the Bibles and the Gospel.

Anyway, Ken returned home from Cuba exhausted but so very, very blessed. There was one little boy named Samuel. He was brought to our wheelchair distribution by his father who carried little Samuel on his back. His mother sat next to them, wringing her hands, hopeful and expectant. Nothing like our little child-sized wheelchairs were even available in their country. You could tell they were thinking, ‘Are we going to be turned away? Will our son actually receive this extraordinary gift?’ Well, my husband was so happy, so privileged to have the chance to actually work on Samuel’s little wheelchair, and he will never forget the look of surprise and delight on that little boy’s face as he was lifted into his new chariot. What’s more, the family had a chance to hear the Good News of Jesus and get connected to a caring church.

But friend, there are thousands and thousands of disabled children like Samuel who are still waiting. So this Christmas I would like you to consider a special Christmas gift – join Ken and me in giving the gift of mobility to a child like Samuel this Christmas. Joni and Friends has a goal to deliver another 100,000 wheelchairs by the year 2020, and today on joniandfriends.org/radio, I’ve posted a really great video of Doug Mazza and Ken Tada in Cuba explaining the need. Take a look for yourself and then share the video with your Facebook friends. Proverbs 14:31 says that he who honors God is kind to the needy. There’s no better time to be kind to needy children like Samuel than at Christmas. So, join Ken and me today in giving the gift of a wheelchair. Just go to joniandfriends.org/radio for all the details. May God's favor and joy and blessing rest happily on you as you pray and give. Wow! That’s the Christmas spirit, right? Thank you, friend; we’ll see you later at joniandfriends.org/radio. Oh, and by the way, if you have a prayer request let me know on our radio page and our Joni and Friends staff will lift up you need before the Lord. God bless you today and thanks for listening to Joni and Friends.

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