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.