Author, radio host, and ministry leader, Joni Eareckson Tada, says her “faith has widened” and “her love for Jesus has skyrocketed” since being diagnosed with COVID-19.
The 71-year-old founder of Joni and Friends added that having COVID has enabled her and her husband, Ken, to share Christ with health care workers where she receives her antibody treatments and to pray with them. “What COVID meant for evil, Christ meant for good,” she wrote on Facebook today.
Tada also shared that her body is responding well to treatment, stating, “my lungs are clear and my temperature is down.”
As a quadriplegic, Tada is at higher risk of developing a severe case of COVID-19. According to Christianity Today, Tada is receiving monoclonal antibodies to help boost disease-fighting by her immune system. This is the same treatment President Trump received when he was battling COVID.
On Monday, Tada asked for prayers on Facebook and expressed confidence in God’s provision for her.
“Psalm 84 assures me that ‘No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly,’ and I am being showered with good courage, good endurance, a heart that sings good songs, and confidence in my good and great Savior.”
In March, Tada encouraged Christians to trust God’s sovereignty in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I am an aging quadriplegic with very fragile lungs, an immune system that can be easily compromised,” she wrote. “But I bolster my confidence with the same assurance that we are giving the people we serve through Joni and Friends: Again, that the world belongs to almighty God, so Christians can be confident in His plan and purposes.”
On Saturday, immediately following Tada’s diagnosis, Joni and Friends expressed similar sentiments.
“Friends, aren’t you so glad that we serve a sovereign God?” the ministry posted to Facebook. “Through each of our challenges he is trustworthy, and his purposes are good.”
In Saturday’s Facebook post, the ministry recalled these triumphs.
“We have seen God protect her from two bouts of cancer and we know he can do it again! Thank you for joining us in prayer!”
Tada has served on the National Coronavirus Recovery Commission, helping seniors and people with disabilities protect themselves from the the virus.
She also has been given numerous awards for her advocacy on the behalf of people with disabilities, including the William Wilberforce Award from the Colson Center on Worldview and the Daniel of the Year award from WORLD Magazine. Tada also has been inducted into the National Religious Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
*This story has been updated.