Joni Named WORLD Magazine’s 2017 Daniel of the Year

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 13, 2017
  • In the Media

Joni Daniel Award Photo

We’re excited and honored to announce that Joni Eareckson Tada has been named WORLD News Group’s 2017 Daniel of the Year!

Each December, WORLD’s annual Daniel of the Year award is bestowed on a person or persons who exhibit bravery in defense of God’s authority by helping those who are being persecuted. Joni is the 20th recipient of the award, and other winners have included John Ashcroft, Franklin Graham, Wanda Kohn and Stephen C. Meyer.

“For 20 years, WORLD Magazine has been telling the stories of Christians who are overcoming great odds to make the world a better and stronger place,” said Marvin Olasky, WORLD’s editor-in-chief. “We have shared many great stories in that time, but the Daniel winners are always a little different and are doing some amazing, amazing things. Joni Eareckson Tada is one of them. She is an inspiration.”

On top of serving faithfully here at Joni and Friends, Joni has served on the National Council on Disability and the Disability Advisory Committee to the U.S. State Department; she has served as Senior Associate for Disability Concerns for the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization and serves in an advisory capacity to the American Leprosy Mission, the National Institute on Learning Disabilities and Christian Blind Mission International, as well as on the Board of Reference for the Christian Medical and Dental Society. Joni currently serves on the Young Life Capernaum Board.

 “We as Christians have to promote a culture of life and help parents of special-needs children ascribe positive meaning to their child’s pain,” Joni said. “The church can show the world that a child or an adult with a severe disabling condition is not ‘better off dead than disabled.’ Each individual, no matter how medically fragile, is a stunning image-bearer of God; that, if anything, gives him immense worth, dignity, and life worth living.”

Read WORLD Magazine’s profile on Joni and our ministry on the WORLD Magazine website.


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Congratulations to Joni!!. It's amazing.. You are my inspiration. It is an honor to collaborate with your ministry. Your life inspires us a lot and your ministry has impacted many lives, including mine. I am a witness of God's work in your life! Wuauu ... God has been good to use the life of Joni in these times ... we are very happy to have met her in these times ... Joni will always be my teacher ... and thousands ... Praise Lord!
  • Nov. 16, 2017
  • 11:13 p.m.
  • Elizabeth TAKURY
Joni is such an inspiration!!
  • Nov. 15, 2017
  • 4:25 p.m.
  • Lucy Poland
Joni, you are a true inspiration to many people who are going through difficult times. Congratulations on receiving this award - it is well deserved. I'm amazed at all you are doing to make this world a better place.
  • Nov. 13, 2017
  • 10:42 p.m.
  • Susan Coons
WOW! Praising God for His grace and mercy shining so brightly through you Joni.
  • Nov. 13, 2017
  • 7:24 p.m.
  • Mark McClure