Joni Eareckson Tada Honored for Disability Work

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Christian author and radio host Joni Eareckson Tada will receive the Wilberforce Award this weekend for her many years of ministry to help those with disabilities and their families.

Tada is 62 and became quadriplegic at age 17 after a diving accident. She's since devoted her life to ridding the world of the unfair opinion that a disability makes life worth less living.

"Never, ever would I have dreamed 45 years ago when I broke my neck and became a spinal cord injured quadriplegic without the use of my hands -- never would I have imagined that God would have used this wheelchair to open up doors of opportunity for other people with disabilities," Tada told CBN News.

"To create a ministry that now runs 25 retreats for families all across the U.S. and 15 family retreats in less developed nations," she added.

"We've delivered tens of thousands of wheelchairs and Bibles all around the world," Tada continued. "All to proclaim the name of Christ and to reclaim the territory of disability back from the adversary and bring it under the banner of Jesus."

Earlier this year, Tada was also inducted into the National Religious Broadcasters' Hall of Fame for her radio ministry.

She said she's humbled by how God has used her to change the church culture when it comes to disability.

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