Nick Vujicic was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1982. Sonograms failed to reveal that he had tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs. As you can imagine, Nick struggled as a youth with depression and loneliness. At one point he wanted to drown himself in the bathtub, believing he would never have a wife and children or do anything important with his life.
Today Nick is married with an 18-month-old son. Since his first speaking engagement at age 19, he has traveled the world and shared his story with millions. He is an author, musician, and actor who enjoys fishing, painting and swimming. In 2005 he established an international non-profit ministry called Life Without Limbs.
Nick spoke yesterday in Dallas at the Council for Life’s annual Celebrating Life Luncheon. His testimony was remarkable: “As a child I never thought I’d be any sort of communicator of hope, because I did not have any hope. I don’t remember the last time I prayed for a miracle to have limbs, because I know I don’t need limbs, I need peace. I don’t need limbs, I need purpose. I don’t need limbs, I need Jesus. And when you have Jesus you have everything you need, because that is the only source of hope. If you have hope you have everything and Jesus is the hope.”
It has been my privilege to work with Council for Life since coming to Dallas in 1998. I am especially grateful for their positive, life-affirming approach to the issue of abortion. As their mission states, they are “empowering women, men, and youth to make life-affirming choices.” They are not just pro-birth, but pro-life. They offer the grace of Jesus to all, whatever their experiences with abortion.
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SOURCE: Christian Headlines
Jim Denison | Denison Forum on Truth and Culture