Happy Birthday to Our Dear Friend and Hero in the Lord, Joni!

Photo: Visiting and singing to the one and only, Joni Eareckson Tada, on her 71st birthday!

Photo: The coronavirus can’t stop us from celebrating a life well-lived!

Hey TD!

Would you please join me in rejoicing and celebrating the birthday of the incomparable and singular Joni Eareckson Tada! One of the most beloved Christians in the world today – who Francis Chan said he believes to be the godliest woman on the planet (his words) – and one for whom living each day itself takes an Olympian effort, Joni is a true spiritual hero to so many, including my family.

We had the joy of paying her a surprise birthday visit at her home to sing to her and wish her a very happy birthday. What a delight it was to visit with her and her husband, Ken (socially distanced, of course), and to have the refreshment of being in the Spirit’s presence, who always graces us in a unique way when we’re together.

Many of you TD’ers don’t even know who Joni is … but you should, you really should. All TD alumni know of her and have been graced and inspired by her many times over, as she has a special heart for TD. Just ask them.

In honor of Joni’s birthday, and for your own inspiration and growth, would you please watch and be immensely enriched by the following videos? You will be strengthened, sharpened, humbled, and moved: A Deeper Healing

And for you artists out there, this is inspiring too: Painting for God’s Pleasure

Here’s a bonus video of TD visits Joni at the International Disability Center. This beautiful luncheon with Joni and Ken was for the top V4V award winners.

Joni is not into herself. She just wants God to be glorified, Jesus to be cherished and loved, the Spirit to move powerfully and freely, and the vulnerable – especially those with disabilities – to be valued and empowered. She would be so thrilled to know that you watched her videos and were strengthened in these ways. That would be all she would want for her birthday.

So, if after you watch, you are so inclined and moved to write her a note of how your faith was strengthened, I’ll pass it on to her!

Would you stop and say a sincere prayer for our dear sister, who is now in her 54th year of quadriplegia? That would mean the world to her.

Happy Birthday, Joni, 71 years young!

– Arthur

Pics and Videos from V4V Weekend!

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2020 V4V Group Pic

Video – Breaking the 30 hour silence!

Video – Celebrating!

Hey TD!

To see the photos and videos from the 2020 V4V weekend, click on the link below!

2020 V4V Photos and Videos

Great job TD’ers! Let’s keep moving forward in serving and advocating for vulnerable children and families in Jesus’ Name!

TD Pics, “Nakedness” mp3, and more …

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Click HERE to see more of last Friday’s pics!

Hey TD!

We’ve got an exciting Friday chock-full goodness planned.  In addition to taking a deeper dive together into “On Nakedness and Shame,” we’ll also be highlighting Offerings 9, making a difference in the lives of underprivileged children, Love Your Neighbor Night, and more!

To prep for Friday’s discussion, please listen to and/or review Daniel’s message below. It’s a vital topic for us to broach, here in TD in particular, if we’re going to make any progress in the way we experience God, life, others, etc. :

“On Nakedness and Shame” (mp3) Daniel

7:15 p.m. is our TD Pre-Party.  See you Friday!

TD Fri. – 1st Dive, Kick-Off Pics!

Welcome to TD

Hey TD!

Welcome to a new year of Total Devotion!

We have an exciting year ahead that we pray will indelibly impact the direction of our lives and deepen and expand our enjoyment of God and the life He is calling us to.

Our theme for 2019 – 2020 is ENJOY!: Experiencing the Goodness of God. 

We will have our first large group Dive this Friday,  as we begin our journey towards finding and experiencing God’s desired joy for us.

Come at 7:15 p.m. to listen to music, play some games, or just hang out!

Here are some pictures from the Kick-Off (courtesy of Peter):

2019-2020 TD Kick-Off

See you Friday!

Happy 1st Anniversary, Stella!

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The first day we met Stella in China

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Celebrating 1 year together!

Hey TD!

One year ago today, we officially adopted Stella as our daughter.  So today, we celebrated Stella’s adoption day with her favorite food: hot pot! I guess you can get the girl out of China, but you can’t get China out of the girl! 🙂

It’s hard to imagine that it’s already been a full year since we adopted Stella.  It’s been quite an incredible journey of life and love together, and you all at TD have been such an important part of helping her adjust to life in America.  Thank you!

We love having Stella as a full-fledged member of our family; each one of us loves and admires her quite a bit and can’t imagine life without her.  We look forward to what God has in store for us and for her, and we know that you all will have an important role to play in her life as well.

Here’s to new beginnings, God’s grace, and the love of family!

– Arthur

 

Pics and Video from Gingerbread Houses & Portrait Painting Project

 

 

 

Hey TD!

Click on the link below to see some of December’s sights and sounds from the Gingerbread House contest and the Portrait Painting Project:

Pics and videos – Gingerbread and Portraits

 

Pics/Video From TD Kick-Off ’18 – ’19

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Sandra awards the top 3 finishers in the “pssssssssss” game – Jason, Stella, and Anabell!

Hey TD!

Take a look at some photos, moving photos, and videos from last week’s TD Kick-Off, courtesy of Peter. Thanks Peter!

TD Kick-Off ’18-19 Pics/Video

See you at TD at 7:15 p.m.!

TD Vlog – Michelle & Anabell from Refresh ’18

 

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Greetings from Refresh ’18!

It was a powerful evening with Ravi last night. Hearts were convicted, tears flowed (as maybe you can tell), consciences were seared, and lives were surrendered to our  gracious Lord. In today’s vlog, Michelle and Anabell share a short recap!

Food For Thought ’18 Photo Album, Message, and Offer

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Hey TD!

Click the link below to see the first FFT ’18 photo album!

Food For Thought ’18 Photo Album

Click on the right to listen to Daniel’s message: “Identified – FFT ’18” – Daniel (mp3 message)

As we’ve shared in TD, we want to follow-up on FFT and continue to help you reach your friends with the love and security of Christ. Just let one of your leaders know and we’ll get behind you and help you continue in conversations that count with your friends, maybe over boba and popcorn chicken? 🙂 (our treat!) You get your friends together and we’ll be there!