Character in Real Life - One-Minute Testimonials

CREATIVITY – A One-Minute Testimonial Announcement

Faith Committee, Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

Contributed by Marilyn Hepp
Homemaker, Cincinnati, Ohio

January 22, 2002


Joni would not have chosen to be a quadriplegic in a wheelchair, but maybe then she would not be the gift she is to so many people. A diving accident in l967 left Joni unable to use her arms and legs. Her spirit of creativity enabled her to learn to paint by holding a paintbrush between her teeth, paintings today appreciated by many.

Through her creativity in finding alternative ways to achieve goals, Joni has become world famous through a film about her life entitled “Joni”. It has been translated into numerous languages and is a tremendous encouragement to not only the handicapped, but to all whom her life touches.

She is heard daily in a 5 min. radio program called “Joni and Friends”, is a columnist for Moody Monthly Magazine, author of 27 books, and a sought-after conference speaker.

Joni’s contributions to both the disabled and non-disabled are numerous, including a presidential appointment to the National Council on Disabilities. We are blessed today by these gifts because her creativity saw beyond her handicap, and she has the desire to be all that she can be for the Lord.

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