Yeah, go ahead and sit down Joni Eareckson Tada

When I was growing up, Joni Eareckson Tada‘s book was always around as an inspiration to us all that handicaps didn’t mean you couldn’t serve god.

In school, we were bombarded by stories of Helen Keller, but never told about her atheism or communism. Keller stories of the miraculous overcoming nature’s woes were round pegs forced in circular holes.

Well, those stories cannot be matched by current stories of great handicapped, non-Christians who have overcome their handicaps. How about this one (below) that makes Joni’s paintings look like a five-year old’s finger paintings.

41-year-old Huang Guofu, from Chongqing, China, has learned to master the paintbrush with his mouth and right foot, after he lost both his hands in a childhood accident.

Huang Guofu lost his arms in terrible electric shock accident, at the tender age of four, but that didn’t stop him from following his dreams, and at age 12 he began painting with his feet. The talented artist remembers that in the beginning, his artworks didn’t look at all like what he intended to paint, but as the years went by his skills improved considerably. Huang quit his studies when he was 18, as his father was very ill and he needed to make money for his treatments. He started travelling to other Chinese cities, creating beautiful paintings on the side of streets and selling them to passers-by.

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2 thoughts on “Yeah, go ahead and sit down Joni Eareckson Tada

  1. I’m an agnostic borderline atheist, working for an overtly religious Christian organization for blind children in China. The name Joni E popped up in today’s work mail and my Google Search led me to your blog. Huang Guofu is so awesome! And thanks for letting me know that Helen Keller was an atheist!

    1. Thanks for your response and happy that you found this blog through this round about way.

      I quickly browsed your blogs, and it appears we might have a bit in common. I might not post enough about food, but food for the mind mixed with a whole lot of silly is my modus operandi.

      Hope you have a great day!

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