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Artist, author, and disabilities advocate Joni Eareckson Tada to speak at Messiah College

February 11th, 2011

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GRANTHAM, Pa. (Feb. 11, 2011) — On March 4 Messiah College will host Christian artist, vocalist, radio host and author Joni Eareckson Tada for a 7:30 p.m. lecture, “Serving in the Midst of Suffering: Partnering to Make a Difference.” The lecture will take place at the Grantham Church, located at the edge of Messiah College’s campus. The event is free, but tickets are required. To reserve your ticket, please call (717) 691-6036.

About Joni Eareckson Tada
A diving accident in 1967 left Joni Eareckson, then 17, a quadriplegic in a wheelchair, unable to use her hands. During her rehabilitation, Tada spent months learning how to paint with a brush between her teeth. In 1979, Tada founded Joni and Friends International Disability Center. Tada has written 46 books and numerous magazine articles. She has received a number of prestigious awards, including the National Association of Evangelicals’ “Layperson of the Year” in 1986 and the William Ward Ayer Award for excellence from the National Religious Broadcasters’ Association in 2002.

In 1982, Tada began hosting “Joni and Friends,” a daily five-minute radio program of information and inspiration. The program airs on more than 1,000 outlets and reaches one million listeners per week. She also does a one-minute inspirational radio program called “Diamonds in the Dust” that is broadcast on more than 800 stations nationwide. A 30-minute television version of “Joni and Friends” looks at people who inspire Joni by enduring the most difficult trials while continuing to trust in God.

About Messiah College
Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts sciences, enrolls 2,800 undergraduate students in more than 55 majors. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.

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