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In 1967 Joni Eareckson injured her back diving into shallow water and became a quadriplegic, unable to walk or use her hands. It would seem that someone in this condition wouldn’t be able to accomplish much, but Joni has experiences a successful life and even heads an organization called Joni and Friends whose goal is to help disabled people to live a normal life and to share the gospel with them.
Here is their statement of their purpose: Read the rest of this entry
Suppose a couple that was expecting a baby had a sonogram and found that their child would be born without arms of legs. Many would say that they should abort the child because someone with these handicaps has no chance of living a happy or productive life. Anyone who thinks this has obviously never heard of Nick Vujicic. Here is what Wikipedia says about him.
Nicholas James “Nick” Vujicic (/ˈvɔɪ.ɪtʃɪtʃ/ voy-ich-ich;[note 1] Serbian: [ʋûjitʃitɕ]; born 4 December 1982) is an Australian Christian evangelist and motivational speaker born with phocomelia, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of legs and arms.
Vujicic was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, in 1982, to Dušanka and Borislav Vujičić, devout Serbian Orthodox emigrants from Yugoslavia. He was born with phocomelia without some fully formed limbs.
Vujicic has two small and deformed feet, one of which he calls his “chicken drumstick” because of its shape. Originally, he was born with the toes of that foot fused. An operation was performed to separate the toes so that he could use them as fingers to grab, turn a page, or perform other functions. He has been able to use his foot to operate an electric wheelchair, a computer and a mobile phone. Vujicic notes that he had an “amazingly normal childhood”.
On 12 February 2012, Vujicic married Kanae Miyahara. The couple has two sons and live in Southern California.
The hymn “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” contains this verse:
Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb,
Your loosened tongues employ;
Ye blind, behold your Savior come,
And leap, ye lame, for joy.
Charles Wesley, the author of the hymn, may have had this passage in the Bible in mind when he wrote it.
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
This describes what will happen when Jesus Christ begins his reign on earth. All of the physical defects we now suffer from will be eliminated. There will be no deaf people; everyone will have perfect hearing. Read the rest of this entry