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of the massive statistics in terms of people and their heart-breaking stories. People like Aliyah. We can tackle persecution at its root by making known the aspects of other religions and ideologies that result in injustice and oppression of Christians. We can support the work of groups such as International Justice Mission who use power and influence to push for a biblical social justice. Jesus says in Matthew 5:44, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” We can pray and work toward changing people’s lives and situations, bringing transformation in communities wherever possible. We can tell the stories of people like Aliyah, stories that will swell hearts with compassion toward the persecuted. We can remember the weak and defenseless who, in the name of Christ, view their weakness as a door to God’s strength. If we do not defend these, the last, the least, and the littlest…who will? May the Holy Spirit enable us to proclaim: “We will!” RATE THIS ARTICLE Joni Eareckson Tada Joni Eareckson Tada, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Joni and Friends International Disability Center, is an international advocate for people with disabilities. A diving accident in 1967 left Joni Eareckson, then 17, a quadriplegic in a wheelchair. After two years of rehabilitation, she emerged with new skill and a fresh determination to help others in similar situations. She founded Joni and Friends in 1979 to provide Christ-centered programs to special-needs families, as well as training to churches. Joni and Friends serves thousands of special-needs families through Family Retreat, and has delivered over 100,000 wheelchairs and Bibles to needy disabled persons in developing nations. Joni’s lifelong passion is to bring the Gospel to the world’s one billion people with disabilities. She and her husband Ken were married in 1982 and reside in Calabasas, California. Solutions • 9