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PoliCon
06-27-2009, 06:43 PM
Nick Vujicic to share his inspirational story in Traverse City
By MARTA HEPLER DRAHOS
mdrahos@record-eagle.com

TRAVERSE CITY -- Nick Vujicic doesn't have arms or legs, but he wouldn't change himself if he could.

"That's the peace I've got, and I'm the richest man on earth," said Vujicic, president of the ministry Life Without Limbs.

Born in Australia with a disability so severe that he tried to commit suicide at age 10, Vujicic found his faith five years later. Now he uses his experience to inspire others around the world.

"If being born without arms and legs can save one soul, it's worth it," said Vujicic from the ministry's base in Agoura Hills, Calif.

The 26-year-old will share his story July 5 during morning services at Bay Pointe Community Church. He'll also speak to crowds at Wuerfel Park before the start of the Traverse City Beach Bums game against the Midwest Sliders.

"We are all inspired by Nick Vujicic's story, and we were lucky enough to get him to Traverse City," said Jeremy Crum, Beach Bums assistant general manager and director of sales and marketing. "We think it is such a unique opportunity to see an amazing story up close and personal."

Vujicic's birth -- without limbs except for one small foot with two toes -- came as a shock to his doctors, who were unable to provide reasons for his disability. His devastated parents didn't expect him to live long.

Despite his differences, Vujicic grew up to attend school, where he was often bullied and rejected in his early years. His loneliness and self-esteem eventually reached such a low point that he tried to take his own life. But with his parents' support, he learned to overcome his challenges and began to make friends.

At 15, after reading in the Bible that a man was born blind "so that the works of God may be revealed through Him," he found his faith, he said. And as it grew, he found his purpose in life -- to build a ministry that could reach people all over the world with his message "to never give up on life, to know that all life has value and that you never achieve until you try."

Central to that message, he said, is how God has been his strength.

CONTINUED (http://www.record-eagle.com/faith/local_story_177225719.html?keyword=topstory)

stsinner
06-27-2009, 07:27 PM
I bought this DVD from his website to support his ministry after seeing a clip in an email. If you ever want to feel like you're being petty by complaining about your life, take a look at his and how he doesn't complain.