Belhaven University hosted an uplifting night with author, speaker and artist Joni Eareckson Tada. This free event on Saturday, March 1 was in the Belhaven University Center for the Arts on Riverside Drive. It has been 38 years since Tada has been in Mississippi and this event was an inspiring evening for all who attended.

Tada, the Founder and CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center, is an international advocate for people with disabilities. A diving accident in 1967 left her, then 17, a quadriplegic in a wheelchair, without the use of her hands. After two years of rehabilitation, she emerged with new skills and a fresh determination to help others in similar situations. She spent many long months learning how to paint with a brush between her teeth. Tada’s high-detail fine art paintings and prints are sought-after and collected. Her best-selling autobiography Joni and the feature film of the same name have been translated into many languages, introducing her to people around the world.

The Belhaven University Dance Department started the night with a special performance based on Tada’s artwork. Nicole Marquez, a talented dancer who is an incomplete quadriplegic, performed to Tada’s song “Alone Yet Not Alone” from the movie of the same title. Congressman Gregg Harper introduced Tada who then spoke about her life and ministry. She then concluded the night with a time of questions and answers.

Here is a link to the Facebook photo album for An Evening with Joni Eareckson Tada.

Here is the video of An Evening with Joni Eareckson Tada.

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Here is Joni Eareckson Tada talking about Belhaven University.

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3 Responses to “Joni Eareckson Tada at Belhaven”
  1. Elin Juchheim says:

    Wow-what an inspiring message. You have always been on my bucket list, Joni! I will see you someday. I am in awe of you. Thanks be to God for you and the faith that you possess and exhibit. I am thrilled that you gave this talk in Jackson. My sweet sister attended and had her pic made with you. You were a blessing to her and are to all who know you! May God richly bless you.

  2. beth macneill says:

    great message!

  3. Sheryl Kelly says:

    Joni, This was beautiful and good to hear your story yet again. I continue to rejoice in your ministry and to pray for the advancement of the Gospel and the good news of God’s grace in disability. May the Lord continue to bless you and Ken. Love and continued prayers, Sheryl

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