Life Without Limbs, the international non-profit ministry of speaker, author, and evangelist Nick Vujicic, recently marked its 10th anniversary and launched a new campaign in celebration.
Formed in 2005, Life Without Limbs has been making a global impact by reaching people with hope, love, and life in Jesus Christ.
“Ten years ago, I was a 22-year-old man with a passion for Jesus and a dream to tell the world about the hope in Him,” says Vujicic.
“It’s been ten years filled with incredible adventures, world travels, countless speaking engagements, powerful testimonies, and changed lives,” he adds. “I’m constantly amazed how God can use our weakness in powerful ways for His glory!”
Vujicic was born in 1982 in Melbourne, Australia, without arms and legs. Three sonograms failed to reveal complications. And yet, the Vujicic family was destined to cope with both the challenge and blessing of raising a son who refused to allow his physical condition to limit his lifestyle.
The early days were difficult. Throughout his childhood, Vujicic not only dealt with the typical challenges of school and adolescence, but he also struggled with depression and loneliness. He constantly wondered why he was different from all the other kids. He questioned the purpose of life, or if he even had a purpose.
According to Vujicic, the victory over his struggles, as well as his strength and passion for life today, can be credited to his faith in God. In addition, he says his family, friends, and the many people he has encountered along the journey have inspired him to carry on.
Since his first speaking engagement at age 19, Vujicic has traveled around the world, sharing his story with millions, sometimes in stadiums filled to capacity, speaking to a range of diverse groups such as students, teachers, young people, business professionals, and church congregations of all sizes.
In 2007, Vujicic made the long journey from Australia to southern California where he now is President of Life Without Limbs, husband to Kanae, and father to 2-year-old Kiyoshi and Dejan (whose birth is expected in the next few weeks).
Vujicic says, “If God can use a man without arms and legs to be His hands and feet, then He will certainly use any willing heart!”
In celebration of the past 10 years, Life Without Limbs last month launched Stand Strong – a strategic effort to reach entire communities with the hope and love of Jesus Christ. As part of the campaign, the ministry is targeting several regions throughout the United States where they will spend three full days visiting schools, engaging in community service, and sharing the Gospel.
“On the first day in each location, I’ll visit local schools to address the rising depression and suicide rates, and challenge kids to take a stand against bullying,” Vujicic explains. “Day two will be spent in community service focused on at-risk youth and veterans. And day three, I’ll share the Gospel message at a stadium event and concert.”
So far, Vujicic has visited 12 cities in Oregon, Washington, and California for the ministry’s Stand Strong West Coast Tour. In October, Vujicic will be taking the Stand Strong campaign to Ohio. The following month, he’ll be in Florida.
“As I look back on the past ten years, I am amazed at what God has already done through Life Without Limbs,” reflects Vujicic. “And as I look ahead, I am confident that God is going to do even greater things!”
For more details about the Stand Strong campaign – including ways to volunteer and donate – visit lifewithoutlimbs.org/stand-strong.
By NRB Staff
Published: July 30, 2015