Alumna sees God working in missions through her disability

CIU alumna Natalie Flickner (left) with her teammate Amy Wilson.
July 14, 2020

A Columbia International University alumna is helping the nationally-known ministry Joni and Friends kick off a new phase of its blog dedicated to missionaries with disabilities.

Natalie Flickner writes about her experiences in missions despite a disability that she has had to overcome since childhood. Flickner, who has mild cerebral palsy, earned a bachelor’s degree in Intercultural Studies and Bible from CIU in 2003 and a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Formation from CIU’s Columbia Biblical Seminary in 2009.

In her blog post “A Fellowship Never Broken,” Flickner describes her work with Crisis Care Training International as a curriculum developer, and how she tested her materials on a life-changing trip to Kenya. There, she shared her work with staff at CURE International Hospital for children with disabilities, and had the opportunity to personally minister to a family with a disabled son.  

“So many times before, I had worried about how God could use me as a missionary with all my physical limitations,” Flickner writes in the blog. “But the fact is that God in His wisdom and grace chose to use me in the exact area that I thought limited me from missionary service.”

Read Flickner’s blog post “A Fellowship Never Broken,” and learn about Joni and Friends, founded and led by quadriplegic, Joni Eareckson Tada. ranks Columbia International University the 2020 Best Online College in South Carolina, and CIU is #2 in the state for Best College Campus. CIU also consistently ranks among the Top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report. Excitement is growing on campus with increased enrollment and new academic programsRequest information on enrollment at CIU and Columbia Biblical Seminary or call (800) 777-2227, ext. 5024.