Nick Vujicic - 2015 Past Speaker | Judson University Christian College

WLF Inspirational Series

MONDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2015

Herrick Chapel at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois

Nick Vujicic inspired and commanded the attention of a sold out crowd at the World Leaders Forum Inspirational Series on October 12. Read more about the highlights of the event in the full press release here.

Nick Vujicic Delivers Memorable Speech about Love and Hope

WLF IS 2015 Nick Vujicic

(ELGIN, IL – October 12, 2015) Having Nick Vujicic speak at Judson University was an experience like no other.

Speaking from a stage riser, he commanded the attention of everyone gathered at Herrick Chapel, which seats about 550. His voice was forthright, simple and plain. His words were earnest, spoken like someone who understood pain, perseverance and pure joy.

Vujicic, who was born in Melbourne, Australia, with the rare disorder Tetra-amelia syndrome (characterized by the absence of all limbs), was the first person to keynote Judson’s World Leaders Forum Inspirational Series. This new forum will continue to bring in world leaders, like Vujicic, to inspire and motivate all who attend.

During Vujicic’s 45-minute presentation, he spoke of embracing God’s love and finding hope and redemption even amid hardship and despair.

"We all have disabilities," said Vujicic, as he paced across the riser. "But you don’t know how God is going to use your broken pieces. ‘Thank you, Jesus, that your plan for the world is full of hope.’"

So many people, he said, believe that happiness means looking – and being – like everyone else. And for a time, so did he. Yet, he told the crowd: "Dream bigger. Your calling is bigger than you can even imagine."

Among the dignitaries in attendance were Hollywood character actor Doug Jones and film director Josh Weigel. The night’s event marked the first time that Vujicic, Jones and Weigel have reunited since the filming of the Weigel’s award-winning 2009 short film, "The Butterfly Circus," which featured both Vujicic and Jones.

Earlier in the day, Jones spoke at chapel. He also introduced Vujicic for this evening gathering, and led a 15-minute Q-and-A session following Vujicic’s presentation. Of his film buddy, Jones said: "He has taught me that whatever you think you can’t do, you can."

Vujicic’s presentation encouraged the crowd. Later that night, he took time out to attend an on-campus VIP event, where participants got the opportunity to take photos with him and receive a signed copy of one of his books.

A long time ago, this 32-year-old husband and dad discovered that challenges could be turned into change. At age 17, he established the nonprofit organization, Life Without Limbs. Through it, he has now spoken to more than three million people in almost 60 countries on five continents. Additionally, his YouTube videos have amassed millions of views and his social media channels have, too.

In addition to being a powerful speaker, Vujicic is also a best-selling author, who unabashedly shares his faith. He has also done some film work, including being featured on the short independent film, "The Butterfly Circus," (screened earlier at Judson) and the focus of the TLC Network’s one-hour special, "Born Without Limbs."

Vujicic, who is a Commerce graduate of Australia’s Griffith University, enjoys playing golf, jumping from diving boards, driving speedboats, and more.

He and his wife, Kanae, are the parents of two sons.

The World Leaders Forum Inspirational Series is an outgrowth of Judson University’s World Leaders Forum, which brings recognized world leaders to campus annually with the intent to inspire and ignite a flame of leadership. Next spring, the 2016 keynote speaker will be Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan.

ABOUT NICK VUJICIC
IS Nick Vujicic

NICK VUJICIC

Motivational Speaker

Nick Vujicic of Melbourne, Australia, faces life each day without ever using hands, arms, legs, or feet. That is because he was born without any limbs. Yet maneuvering around with severe disabilities has done little to deter him from living a “ridiculously good” life and encouraging others to do the same. Now, the 31-year-old husband and dad travels the world over as a successful motivational speaker and New York Times best-selling author, telling people to hold on to their dreams, their hopes, and to Jesus Christ.

 
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