Living Life Without Limbs

, Written by Jennifer Elliott, Posted: Fri, July 27 2012 at 5:55 PM, Updated: Sun, July 29 2012 at 5:47 PM

     This weekend an internationally acclaimed speaker comes to the
area  as he shares his experience of living life without limbs.

     Nick Vujicic was born without arms or legs, with no medical explanation. 

     Today he travels the world sharing a message of hope that got him through the darkest times.

     At times he felt alone.
"My brother and sister had arms and legs. Everyone I knew had arms and legs. It was the fear that crippled me, the fear of being alone."

     When Nick was born after an uncomplicated pregnancy in Australia, his missing appendages were a mystery.
     "I grew up in a faith based home, and I questioned my dad even as he said God loves me. I though if this God's love, I don't get it."

          It took years, and even a suicide attempt at the age of 10, for Nick to realize he had a greater purpose.
    "I'm here, we're all here, for a reason. If I can uplift someone today, I'm going to do it."

          Today the 29 year old travels with his wife across the country, sharing how he's able to smile, in the face of it all.
   " I want them to know we don't know what God can do with our broken pieces until we give him our broken pieces. "
 
    He especially shares his message with youth, who struggle to find their place in the world.
      "If I can be who I am today, with the joy I have, you can survive. You are here for a greater reason. "

     Nick will be speaking tonight and tomorrow as part of the "I Heart Rogue Valley" service project.
 
         He is speaking tonight at Cascade Christian High School in Medford at 7 p.m.

          Tomorrow he concludes the service project by speaking at the Lithia Amphitheater in the Jackson County Expo. It begins at 7 p.m.
 
        "I Heart Rogue Valley" is  an all day event on Saturday.  So far 1,500 people are working on 65 service projects in Medford, Talent, Phoenix,  and Central Point. The projects include care boxes to working on maintenance at local schools and the Greenway.
    
     There's still time to get involved. You can visit their website at www.iheartroguevalley.com for more information. Also, you can register at Cascade Christian High School tomorrow at 8:30 for any project.  All community members are welcome to help.

About the Author

Jennifer Elliott

Jennifer Elliott anchors the primetime newscast FOX26 First News at Ten on NBC5’s partner station, KMVU/FOX26. She also reports for NBC5 News.

Jennifer began her career at NBC5 News in 2011 as a production assistant. Raised in Southern Oregon, she studied voice and piano while attending South Medford High School.

After graduating from Brigham Young University-Idaho, she returned home and added organ playing to her music repertoire. In addition to her musical talents, Jennifer is an award winning artist.

She has also co-hosted Southern Oregon’s Got Talent, the area’s premiere talent show. Jennifer is married and the mother of two young sons who keep her busy and very happy.

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