Gianna Jessen LIVE!

Gianna Jessen Live!

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Talk to Gianna Jessen for just a few minutes and she’s likely to punctuate every sentence with a deep, infectious laugh. Talk to her for a while longer and, as her story unfolds, it becomes apparent that the constant joy has overcome unspeakable challenges.

In many regards, her life has been a path littered with obstacles at every turn: challenges, betrayal, and cruelty. But for every setback, there have also been invitations into the greatest halls of government. A life that was never meant to be has been used to inspire—and even save—others.

You see, Gianna Jessen was intended to die before she was born, just another one of the 1.2 million abortions each year in the United States. Gianna was bathed in a burning saline solution, but she instead of dying, she overcame to enter the world. Two months premature and weighing just two-and-a-half pounds, she spent her first couple of months in a hospital. Eventually, she entered the foster care system.

The failed abortion had also provided the “gift” of cerebral palsy, as she calls it: “It allows me to really depend on Jesus for everything.”

It also labeled her a hopeless case—an infant who was a ward of the state and for whom the expectations of achievement were extremely low. Doctors predicted Gianna would never even lift her head. She showed them: she began walking at three and has grown into a woman who has run marathons.

Amazingly, Gianna’s medical records from the day of her birth clearly state “Born during saline abortion.”

And that’s just the beginning of the places where her grit and determination have carried her. Though the horrific hours of her birth initially drew attention, Gianna has so much more to say: “My life and my story didn’t begin and end at my birth.”

A meet-and-greet session will follow this special presentation when it ends at approximately 6:45 PM.

Midwest-only: Nick Vujicic and Gianna Jessen will present the Saturday Grand Finale at the Midwest Homeschool Conventiona meet-and-greet session with Gianna will follow the end of Nick Vujicic’s session at approximately 7:15 PM.

Slugs and Bugs

Slugs & Bugs LIVE in Concert: Faith. Family. Funny.

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Slugs & Bugs LIVE is an unforgettable concert for families. Specifically, it is a joyful, gospel-filled, life-celebrating, interactive musical experience featuring animated videos, energetic vocals, and tasty piano, guitar and mandolin solos! (And dads get silly on stage, and sometimes there’s a parade….)

Slugs & Bugs rejects the compartmentalization of life into sacred and secular and declares with great gusto that Christ is the head of all things. He is the head of kite-flying and river-floating, ice-fishing and sky-diving, nap-taking, bike-riding, belly-laughing and taking out the trash.

Slugs & Bugs is the Pixar of kids music.
— Chris Whitler, Youth With A Mission

Our small hope is that the joyful creativity of Slugs & Bugs music will delight your whole family. Our grand hope is that Slugs & Bugs kids would find it natural to remember Jesus in their homework, in their friendships, and one day, in the parenting of our grandchildren.

“Sing the Bible” is perfect for our family because it is all about God’s Word, but it is also hilarious! This is a favorite road trip CD for our family!
— Erin Mohring, cofounder, The MOB Society

A meet-and-greet session will follow this special concert when it ends at approximately 9:30 PM.

Randall Goodgame is a funny, funny guy. Slugs & Bugs is good stuff!
— Phil Vischer, creator of VeggieTales and What’s In the Bible?

Matt Walsh LIVE!

Matt Walsh Live!

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Matt Walsh is a writer, speaker, author, and an advocate for homeschooling. Through his columns on the Daily Wire, Walsh reaches millions of readers. He is known for boldly tackling tough subjects and speaking out on faith and culture in a way that connects with his generation and beyond. Matt lives in Maryland with his wife and three children.

A meet-and-greet session will follow this special presentation when it ends at approximately 8:45 PM.

Read a sample of Matt’s writing here.

Nick Vujicic

Nick Vujicic LIVE: No Arms, No Legs, No Worries!

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About Nick Vujicic

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.

Schedule

Nick Vujicic and Gianna Jessen will present the Saturday Grand Finale at the Midwest Homeschool Convention.

Nick will speak at 6:40 PM; a meet-and-greet session will follow the end of his session at approximately 7:15 PM.

Andrew Peterson

Andrew Peterson LIVE in Concert!

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About Andrew Peterson

For more than twenty years now, Andrew Peterson (a homeschooling dad) has been about the business of quietly changing lives in four-minute increments. In the city of Nashville—where music is an industry in the same way that fast food, generic greeting cards, and bumper stickers are industries—Peterson has forged his own path, refusing the artistic compromises that so often come with chasing album sales and radio singles and instead has created a long line of songs that ache with sorrow, joy, and integrity, and that are, at the end of the day, part of a real, ongoing, human conversation.

Andrew is also the award-winning author of The Wingfeather Saga, a four-book fantasy adventure series for young people, described as The Princess Bride meets The Lord of the Rings. The books are currently being produced as an animated film, which is terribly, wonderfully, indubitably exciting.

Schedule

Andrew Peterson will be performing in concert on Friday evening at the Midwest Homeschool Convention. Don’t miss this special concert!