Christian author and speaker Joni Eareckson Tada has been tested positive for COVID-19. She is currently receiving monoclonal antibodies treatment. Tada posted an update to her personal Facebook page Wednesday, indicating that she was in good spirits.
She writes:"'What COVID meant for evil, Christ meant for good.' And it shows in that 80% / 20% way you've been praying for me - my faith has widened, my hopes are higher, my love for Jesus has skyrocketed, my appreciation for others has deepened, and God's promises are cemented further into my soul. This is how Christ meant COVID for my good. And yes, the 20% (praying for physical things) is working, too: my lungs are clear and my temperature is down."
While she had to go to the emergency room so she could receive an antibody infusion, she took solace in the fact that her trip to the hospital enabled more people to experience the joy of the Gospel, which her husband, Ken, shared with hospital staff.
"He was constantly giving out Gospel tracts, blessing nurses and aides in the name of Jesus, stopping to pray for them, and speaking words of Spirit-based blessed encouragement," she said. "He even did this at the pharmacy. But isn't this what the Christmas season is all about? Using this season to share the Good News that Light has come into our darkness through Jesus Christ?!?"
Tada, who was paralyzed in a diving accident more than a half-century ago, founded Joni and Friends 40 years ago in an effort to "present the hope of the Gospel to people affected by disability through programs and outreaches around the world." The ministry believes that a relationship with Jesus Christ will enable those with disabilities and their families to cope with their feelings of "poverty, pain, and despair."