Meet Kevin, Our New Intern

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 7, 2012
  • Joni's Posts, Cause 4 Life

joni and kevin in the radio studioWhen I'm tooling around the IDC, I love passing other wheelchair users 'on the ramp.' That's one small reason why I'm happy Kevin Natale is with us this month, interning through our Cause 4 Life internship program. I love this guy's attitude (he was shot in the neck by a neighbor at the age of 14, but Jesus Christ gave him the amazing ability to forgive his assailant). At first, though, he was pretty depressed and sought escape from the reality of his quadriplegia by abusing alcohol. Then Jesus gripped his heart and he went on to graduate from college. And now? Among other things, Kevin is helping us research statistics on people with disabilities and drug abuse (yes, it's a bigger problem than you'd think). Take a moment and cheer Kevin on by dropping him a line on my blog… and please pray for this dear brother. Then, take a look at this wonderful video that shows what Cause 4 Life internships are all about!

Click to listen as Joni interviews Kevin on Joni and Friends Radio! 


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Brother Kevin, May you continue to serve the Lord and find your joy in Him. I am thankful that though what was suppose to be for bad, God has used for your good.
  • May 7, 2012
  • 11:45 a.m.
  • Helga
God bless you Kevin as you intern at JAF. I'm happy for you as I know you will be blessed to be among such wonderful believers. I have experienced watching the devastation drugs in my son's life. It was one of the hardest things I ever experienced. Thankfully he is now out of that dark chapter in his life. I'm pretty sure I implored for prayers from JAF! Thank you JAF and praise God! He is now a strong believer and a husband and father. He even writes and performs worship music. So, I know how God can and does rescue those in that miry pit. I'll pray for your ministry and thank you for being willing to address and serve in this very heavy struggle for many.
  • May 7, 2012
  • 11:24 a.m.
  • Angela Wilson
I hope your experience at Joni and Friends enriches your life. God bless you in your journey!
  • May 7, 2012
  • 11:08 a.m.
  • byron koga
Kevin, It is really great to meet a brother-in- Christ. Joni's been at God's work for a very long time and she just keeps holding up like a rock. I know you will really enjoy your time with Joni and Friends, and I hope all of God's best for you and your own future. Ron Boto Oklahoma City
  • May 7, 2012
  • 10:55 a.m.
  • Ron Boto
Kevin! What an awesome opportunity the Lord has given to you! May this time be filled with learning of all sorts! May the Holy Spirit encourage you as you begin this journey! My prayer is that God will use you for His glory!
  • May 7, 2012
  • 10:34 a.m.
  • Emily
hi-5 Kevin!!!! its soooooo cool to see you and Joni together!!!!!! you acomplished my goal of meeting her in person before i did(it would be a dream come true to meet the one who's songs kept/keep me from ending it all). {:oD
  • May 7, 2012
  • 10:31 a.m.
  • catherine
Dear Joni, Thank you for the testimony of Kevin! God is honored when we can forgive our enemies.God has not promised us an easy journey to heaven but He has promised us a safe arrival.
  • May 7, 2012
  • 12:38 a.m.
  • San Tjoa
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