Imagine getting through your busy day without hands or legs. Picture your life without the ability to walk, care for your basic needs, or even embrace those you love. Meet Nicholas Vujicic (pronounced VOO-yee-cheech). Nick was born in 1982 in Melbourne, Australia, without arms and legs, with no medical explanation or warning for his condition. Three sonograms had 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, Nick not only dealt with the typical challenges of school and adolescence, but he also struggled with depression and loneliness. Nick constantly wondered why he was different than all the other kids. He questioned the purpose of life, or if he even had a purpose.
According to Nick, the victory over his struggles, as well as his strength and passion for life today, can be credited to his faith in God. His family, friends, and the many people he has encountered along the journey have inspired him to carry on as well.
Since his first speaking engagement at age 19, Nick has traveled around the world, sharing his story with millions—sometimes in stadiums filled to capacity—speaking to a range of diverse groups including students, teachers, young people, business professionals, and church congregations of all sizes. Today, this dynamic young evangelist has accomplished more than most people achieve in a lifetime. He’s an author, musician, and actor, and his hobbies include fishing, painting, and swimming.
In 2007, Nick made the long journey from Australia to southern California, where he is the president of the international non-profit ministry Life Without Limbs, which he established in 2005. Today, Nick continues in his worldwide ministry efforts and lives with his wife, Kanae, and their two boys Kiyoshi and Dejan, in southern California.