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Man Born Without Limbs Works to Share the Word of Jesus

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nick-01Nick Vujicic was born in 1982 in Melbourne, Australia. His mother had a normal pregnancy with no alarms or complications. However, without any medical explanation or warning, Nick was born without any arms or legs. Even three sonograms failed to reveal complications.

Despite the bizarre turn of events, the Vujicic family had to learn to cope with a son that had no limbs. To say the beginning days were difficult is an understatement. Nick had to navigate through the typical daily challenges of adolescence and school while also facing ridicule and bullying for his disabilities. Nick struggled with depression, constantly wondering why he was different from others. He was disheartened and felt he didn’t have a purpose in life.


Today, Nick now credits his faith in God for getting him through the struggles of adolescent years. Nick now has a passion for life that is inspiring everyone around him. Since his first speaking event at age 19, Nick has traveled the world to share his story and the word of God. Nick has spoken to over millions of people from all backgrounds and religions; students, business professionals and church congregations of all sizes. In 2005 he even started his own non-profit ministry, Life Without Limbs.

Nick doesn’t believe he would be here if it wasn’t for him accepting Jesus into his heart. Nick 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!” Nick’s latest venture into radio is expanding his mission to reaching men and women from around the world to embrace Jesus Christ.


Nick is now quite happy to be like any other human. He enjoys fishing, painting, and swimming and also is an author, musician and actor. He praises God everyday for the opportunities he has been blessed with and plans to continue sharing Jesus through his non-profit in the future.

His daily motto to himself says “If just one more person finds eternal life in Jesus Christ… it is all worth it.”


Born Schizophrenic: Jani’s Story

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Michael and Susan Schofiled were elated to give birth to their first child, Jani. From the day Jani was born, however, the couple said knew something was different about their baby. They sensed Jani was smarter than the average baby (she has since been tested with a genius IQ) and their newborn had strange sleeping habits. Jani’s parents look back on home videos of Jani as a toddler, and now see the dark and twisted signs that something very strange was going on in their daughters mind.


Jani was diagnosed with early-onset schizophrenia at the age of 6. In the beginning years, her parents chalked up the hallucinations and weird statements to an overly active imagination. Two-year old Jani had many imaginary friends. It was when those friends became violent that the couple knew something was wrong. When Jani was 5 years old, her behavior changed from temperamental to dangerous.

“She would scratch until she drew blood. She bit until she drew blood. She would try to run her nails down my face to try and scratch my eyes out” her father Michael said.

Still, the family refused to give up hope on their daughter.

Jani’s hallucinations manifested into animals and little girls. Imaginary friend Wednesday (a rat) and 400 (a cat) would tell Jani to hit her parents. Jani explained if she didn’t, the two would hurt her instead. Jani’s hallucinations became so intense that she would try and hurt herself, asking her mom how she would be able to kill herself.


After having their second child, Michael and Susan realized they needed to separate Jani and her new brother, Bodhi. Jani’s hallucinations would prompt her to hurt the newborn, and on several occasions she stated she wanted to kill her brother. The parents rented a second apartment to keep the two safe.

“This changed the nature of the war (on Jani’s illness) by allowing us to ‘evacuate’ Bodhi to safety… With Bodhi no longer under constant threat, we could continue the fight for Jani,” Michael wrote in a blog post.

At age 5 Michael and Susan decided to hospitalize their daughter after being unable to control her any longer. With the help of many doctors, several changes in medication, and behavior therapy, Jani was able to calm her explosive outbreaks. Even with the help of the medical community, Jani struggled year after year with her schizophrenia. It is incredibly rare for a child to develop this kind of mental illness and Jani is considered one of the youngest children in history to be treated for schizophrenia. Unfortunately there is no cure.


Today, Jani is 12 years old and with the help of many psychiatric resources, financial donations, and friends and family, her schizophrenia is finally under control. Jani acknowledges that she has a disorder and that the things she sees are not always real. Slowly, the Schofield’s fought back against Jani’s imaginations – so much so that they are not finally moved back into one apartment. They say Jani is no longer a danger to her brother and they now instead are very close. Her parents are elated to have the family back together again.

Jani has come a long way since she was first diagnosed. Jani finished the sixth grade at a public school and is hoping to be more integrated into a normal classroom setting over the next couple of years. Her parents find her to be an inspiration to many other children suffering with mental illness. Jani’s story shows the realities of recovery but ultimately, there is hope for progress and things do get better.


The Schofields share their story to help other families that are dealing with ht_schofield_family_sr_140512_16x9_992children with mental illnesses. Out of the terrifying ordeal, the family decided to do something positive by creating The Jani Foundation, a group that works to provide better care for mentally ill children and connects donors to families of mentally ill children in need.

“Jani’s now a source of inspiration,” mother Susan said.


Miracle Boy Born without a Face is Given a Chance for a New Life

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boyYahya El Jabaly of Morocco wasn’t your average baby. Due to complications in the womb, Yahya was born with no eyes, a hole in the middle of his face where his nose should be, and no upper jaw. Essentially, Yahya was born without a face.

Despite this incredibly rare condition, Yahya managed to survive and grow to be a happy and healthy toddler. His parents knew, however, that society wasn’t going to accept their child. Their small village treated their son as an outcast. His parents pleaded for help on Facebook; asking anyone if they knew how to help.


From across the world, the post was read by Fatima Baraka, a Melbourne resident who was born in a village close to Yahya’s. Ms. Baraka took it upon herself to search for a surgeon who would be able to transform the child’s face. When she finally found a reconstructive surgeon, she was elated to share the good news to the family.

“He’s entered my heart…I’m so in love with this little boy,” Ms. Baraka stated.

The three year-old and his family were flown to Melbourne to meet surgeon Dr. Tony Holmes. Despite the risks involved, he agreed to operate on the toddler, fearing if he didn’t worse complications were to come.

A year after their initial meeting, Yahya underwent the 18-hour life-changing operation. Surgeons worked in shifts on the difficult surgery. It was all funded by donations and doctors who offered their services free of charge.


fair useNow, the miracle child has been given the chance to live a normal life. Thanks to the kindness of one stranger, this boy had his life transformed.

Yahya still needs a few more surgeries to complete his transformation, but his parents are thankful and hopeful for their sons future.

‘It’s a huge joy, a huge happiness to see my son in such a situation,’ Yahya’s father Mostafa stated after first seeing his son’s new face.


‘Dancing With the Stars’ Contestant Carlos PenaVega Shares How Church Changed His Life

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MV5BMjMzMTcxMjI4N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTM3NzYzNDE@._V1_UY317_CR27,0,214,317_AL_Most young teens are major fans of the band Big Time Rush, but did you know that band member Carlos PenaVega is also a devout Christian? On a previous episode of “Dancing with the Stars”, contestant Carlos PenaVega shared the most memorable time in his life; the year he became a Christian.


In 2012 PenaVega was on a tour with his band having the time of his life. However, the fun and exciting days PenaVega grew to love did have to come to an end. When he returned from the tour, PenaVega fell into a deep and dark place.

“I locked myself in the house. I started smoking weed like every day… I really hit rock bottom” PenaVega said.

The depression from being alone took a toll on the big time band member, but everything changed when he reached out to a friend who invited him to a church service.

“I walk in the church, and I know that I was supposed to be there,” he said.

PenaVega went on to speak about how transformed his life became after the first week he spent at the church. His pastor, Duane Fanther, spoke about how he remembers when PenaVega first came to church. “He wanted change; he wanted transformation,” Gather said.


“It’s so crazy to me that in one week, my life changed forever.” PenaVega said tearfully on the show.

Not only did PenaVega accept Jesus into his heart that week, he also met the love of his life. PenaVega was invited to a Bible study group where he met his now wife, Alexa PenaVega. He attributes her faith in God to be another large reason in his choice to give himself over to the Lord.

PenaVega chose to dance to the song “Amazing Grace” on the episode of Dancing with the Stars because it was one of the first songs he had heard at church. He also believes it represents the transformation he has seen in himself since he found God.

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