Nick Vujicic

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Nick Vujicic
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Vujicic in 2016
Born Nicholas James Vujicic
(1982-12-04) 4 December 1982 (age 33)
Melbourne, Australia
Ethnicity Serbian Australian
Education Bachelor's degrees in accounting and financial planning
Alma mater Griffith University
Occupation Evangelist, motivational speaker
Religion Christian
Spouse(s) Kanae Miyahara (m. 2012)
Children 2
Website nickvujicic.com

Nicholas James "Nick" Vujicic (/ˈvɔɪ.ɪɪ/ VOY-ich-ich;[note 1] Serbian: [ʋûjitʃitɕ]; born 4 December 1982)[2][3] is an Australian Christian evangelist and motivational speaker born with Phocomelia,[4] a rare disorder characterised by the absence of legs and arms.

Biography[edit]

Early life and family[edit]

Vujicic was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in 1982, to Dušanka and Borislav Vujičić, devout Serbian Orthodox emigrants from Yugoslavia.[5] His parents became active in a Melbourne church. His mother attended nursing school at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne while his father worked in business management.[6]

Suffering from phocomelia, he was born without limbs. According to Vujicic's autobiography, his mother refused to see him or hold him while the nurse held him in front of her, but she and her husband eventually accepted their son's condition and understood it as God's plan for their son.[7]

He was born with two small deformed feet, one of which Vujicic calls his "chicken drumstick" because of its shape.[8] Originally, he was born with the toes of that foot fused. An operation was performed to separate the toes so that he could use them as fingers to grab, turn a page, or perform other functions. Vujicic has been able to use his foot to operate an electric wheelchair, a computer and a mobile phone. Vujicic notes that he had an "amazingly normal childhood".[citation needed]

Vujicic thrived in his teenage and young adult years despite being bullied. After his mother showed him a newspaper article about a man dealing with a severe disability when he was seventeen, he started to give talks at his prayer group.[9]

He graduated from Griffith University at the age of 21 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with a double major in accountancy and financial planning.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Vujicic speaking during the session "Inspired for a Lifetime" at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on 30 January 2011

Vujicic started his speaking engagements at 19.[citation needed] In 2005, he founded an international non-profit organisation and ministry, Life Without Limbs.[citation needed]

In 2007, Vujicic founded Attitude is Altitude, a secular motivational speaking company.[10]

Vujicic starred in the short film The Butterfly Circus.[11] At the 2010 Method Fest Independent Film Festival, he was awarded Best Actor in a Short Film for his starring performance as Will.[12]

Beliefs[edit]

On his webpages, Vuijic in a self-formulated "Statement of Faith" states his adherence to born-again Christianity,[13] to classically Calvinist notions on sin and redemption[14] and to Biblical inerrancy[15] without[16] specifying what particular understanding of Biblical inerrancy he intends to mean. In addition, his tenets of faith include that the Second Coming of Christ is imminent.[17] He does not publicly adhere to any denomination or congregation.

Personal life[edit]

Vujicic speaking to students in Florida in 2015

On 12 February 2012, Vujicic married Kanae Miyahara. The couple has two sons, and live in Southern California.[18] Born without legs and arms, Nick faced humiliations throughout his childhood.[19]

Books and publications[edit]

His first book, Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life, was published by Random House in 2010 and has been translated into more than 30 languages.[20] He markets a motivational DVD, Life's Greater Purpose, a short documentary filmed in 2005. The second part of the DVD was filmed at his local church in Brisbane. He markets a DVD for young people titled No Arms, No Legs, No Worries!.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ While Vujicic himself pronounces it thus, the websites nickvujicic.com and lifewithoutlimbs.org list the pronunciation as /ˈvj/ VOOY-cheech and /ˈvj/ VOO-yee-cheech respectively.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vujicic pronounces his name at approximately 0:19. Vujicic no arms, no legs, no worries Part 1 5English Subtitle Video on YouTube
  2. ^ Vujicic, Nick. "Nick Vujicic | Spreading Hope Worldwide". www.nickvujicic.com. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Life Without Limbs: About Nick Vujicic". Retrieved 28 September 2009. 
  4. ^ Born without arms and legs at BBC; published 23 February 2011; retrieved 18 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Roditelji Nika Vujičića u Beogradu: Drago nam je što smo u zemlji naših predaka". 
  6. ^ Vujicic, Nick. "A Family of Faith", Life Without Limits, Doubleday, 2010. 1-343.
  7. ^ Vujicic, Nick. "A Life of Value", Life Without Limits, Doubleday, 2010, 1-343.
  8. ^ "Nick Vijucic - Attitude is Altitude". Attitude is Altitude. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  9. ^ Riley, Jennifer (30 March 2008). "Limbless Evangelist Preaches Joy in Christ". Christian Post Reporter. Retrieved 28 September 2009. 
  10. ^ "Nick Vijucic - Attitude is Altitude". Attitude is Altitude. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "Butterfly Circus Wins The Doorpost Film Project's $100,000 First Prize". Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "2010 Method Fest, Independent Film Festival, Calabasas, California". Methodfest.com. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  13. ^ http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org/about-life-without-limbs/statement-of-faith/ no. 9
  14. ^ no. 6,7
  15. ^ no. 1
  16. ^ at least as far as this source goes
  17. ^ no. 4
  18. ^ "Nick Vujicic shares family's excitement in awaiting arrival of second son". www.christiantoday.com. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  19. ^ Patel, Amaresh. "Impossibly possible story of Nick Vujicic". Zamini Batein. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  20. ^ Muteshi, Musabi. "Being someone else's miracle: Rwanda's story". The New Times Rwanda. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 

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