Nick Vujicic’s story moves students


Photo by Maile Sur

Australian Nick Vujicic, a man with no arms or legs, spoke at Kamehameha Schools Maui today, April 4, 2014, at Keōpūolani Hale. His message included being open to the truth, loving Jesus, and being respectful to women and people.

Living a life with no arms and legs may seem like an impossible one, but 31-year-old Nick Vujicic proves everyone wrong. Yesterday,  Vujicic came to Keōpūolani Hale to speak to the Maui students.

Having spoken at over 600 schools in countries all over the world, he shared his story and the story of Jesus.

“It’s a very humbling experience to see even one person being transformed by a simple message of hope,” Vujicic said.

Nick Vujicic was born in Melbourne, Australia, with no arms or legs, and learned to live life among the whole-bodied. He said he has faced many obstacles throughout his years, and through God, has found a way to overcome them.

He founded his own non-profit organization, Life Without Limbs, to “share hope and genuine love…with people all over the globe.”

Along with that, Vujicic has written books including Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life, Your Life Without Limits: Living Above Your Circumstances and Unstoppable: The Incredible Power of Faith in Action.

When listening to Vujicic speak yesterday, one word completely encompassed who he was; unstoppable.

Travelling internationally, to over 44 countries and speaking over 2,000 times, Vujicic says he has spoken to 10% of the world’s population. His videos on YouTube have over 1 million views, and he has over 2.9 million likes on his Facebook page.

Yesterday, he started by sharing some laughs to lighten the crowd, but his message was clear from beginning to end: no matter how far someone pushes you, with Jesus there is always a way out.

“It’s not because of how I speak, or about how good my story is; it’s about Jesus, about him wanting to touch someone else,” Vujicic said.

He also told students that if they are bullying others, it needs to stop. Vujicic reminded students of the old elementary school saying, “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

“[We need to] remember that not everyone has it easy, and everyone is going through something.” Junior Rachel Kaulupali said. “Try your best to always be nice to people.”

Vujicic will be speaking to the public this Sunday, April 6, at War Memorial Gymnasium from 6-8 p.m. People are advised to arrive early, as the venue is expected to fill up quickly. Admission is free with a canned food donation for the Maui Food Bank.

Yesterday’s audience of mostly Kamehameha Maui high school students, but also including select middle school students and some guest students from Kaʻahumanu Hou Christian School, brought canned goods as well. They deposited the cans in bins positioned outside the theater.

Prior to his presentation, Vujicic said that he had been moved to see the Maui Food Bank donate 500 pounds of food to families in Hāna.