Joni Eareckson Tada Asks for Prayer After Contracting COVID-19

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The 71-year-old ministry leader, who is quadriplegic and at risk, is in “bright spirits” and receiving antibodies treatment.

Since the pandemic begin, Joni Eareckson Tada’s ministry has been offering prayer and practical support for medically vulnerable people who have contracted COVID-19. Now, Joni and Friends is asking for prayer for its founder and namesake, who has contracted the virus at age 71.

Tada is showing signs of improvement after receiving monoclonal antibodies, a treatment designed to help boost disease-fighting by the immune system that has been used by high-profile COVID-19 patients including President Trump.

“It has been a long hard day, but I know people are praying because Ken’s and my spirits are bright,” she said, according to a ministry update posted on Facebook.

But given Tada’s medical background, including having just recovered from cancer for the second time last year, this is “just the beginning of her road to recovery,” Joni and Friends wrote. She recently tested positive after experiencing flu-like symptoms.

When the coronavirus outbreak began in the US in March, Tada—who has written and spoken extensively on faith amid suffering—emphasized God’s sovereignty during the pandemic.

“Jesus knows exactly where the virus is and where it is going next, who will get it and who will not. Since our Savior always does what is wise and good, he has prudent purposes in this disease and its impact,” she said, going on to describe her own vulnerabilities should she become infected.

“Personally I am staking my life on that because I am a person at great risk. I am an aging quadriplegic with fragile lungs and an immune system that can be easily compromised,” she said. “But I am following all the protocols and I am bolstering my confidence with the same …

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