When In Romania

“Yes, to walk is a wonderful thing. I haven’t done it in decades, but I recall very well the joy of running, skipping and jumping. But there are far more important things in life than standing up and walking.” - Joni Eareckson Tada

The longest indoor wheelchair ramp on the planet supports the wheelchair of the second longest surviving quadriplegic in the world. A diving accident in 1967 left Joni Eareckson Tada, then 17, paralyzed from the neck down. She eventually founded “Joni and Friends” in 1979 to share the hope of the Gospel and give practical help to people impacted by disability worldwide. She and her friends have been changing the church and communities around the globe for the past 40 years.

Today, Loretta and I will board a plane to Romania on Joni’s behalf and with her in mind. “Wheels for the World” at Joni & Friends is an outreach that helps families around the globe with the gift of mobility. As Joni herself says, “A person with limited mobility is often excluded from life in their community simply because they have no way of moving around. A wheelchair removes isolation, lifting someone from the dirt into a seat of dignity and opportunity.” Wheels for the World provides life-changing mobility along with the hope of the Gospel to people impacted by disability worldwide.

Long story short, I have been asked to be the journalist for the Romania trip and I will also be taking over the Instagram page of Joni & Friends for the week, so please be sure to follow them and track with me for the next week. Cool? We covet your prayers for the trip. Health, travel, and for me to bring honor to God and justice to the role I’ve been asked to fulfill. Yes?

And finally, some of you have asked how you can help. Well, if you’d like to come alongside us, we are in need of a bit more fundraising for Letta’s portion of the trip. We need a handful of friends to speak into the trip financially, so if you’d like, you can love on us in that regard. Here’s the link to SENDING LORETTA. Loretta will be serving in a support role, assisting the mechanics and the therapists in fitting the children into their chairs. Thank you so much guys. Amazing.

I will be in touch as much as possible next week, but will most certainly be on social media keeping everyone as close to the mission as possible.

Pray for us. Much love. PrayFit to Romania.

- Jimmy Peña