St. Petersburg, April 3, 2018
World-famous Serbian-Australian evangelist and motivational speaker and head of the charity organization “Life Without Limbs” Nick Vujicic, who was born without arms or legs, visited an Orthodox children’s hospice in St. Petersburg on Saturday, reports the Diocese of St. Petersburg.
During the meeting with the hospice patients, Vujicic shared his experience of living in a state where you don’t want to live anymore, stressing that, despite such feelings and such states in life, every person is special and unique and needed by someone else. He urged all to love, to hope, and to always believe, no matter how hard life becomes.
He also offered condolences to the families of those killed in the fire in Kemerovo and asked everyone to continue to pray for them and support them.
The founder and head of the hospice, the first for children in Russia, Archpriest Alexander Tkachenko noted that it was important for the patients and their children to be able to speak with Vujicic.
“All his life he has gathered the riches of acceptance of himself, love for others, and understanding that God is near and loves you as you are. No matter how fearful and said, there are people nearby who are ready to fight with you, and who need you,” Fr. Alexander said.
The priest also gave a paper crane made by the children to Vujicic, who in turn gifted the hospice with one of his books, and later offered program “A Man Without Arms and Legs: What Do I Live For?”—the proceeds of which were donated to the hospice.
Vujicic was born without arms or legs but leads an active lifestyle, authoring books, speaking publicly, and helping people with disabilities not to fall into despair. He is married with children, including adopted children. He has visited 45 countries. He visited Moscow and St. Petersburg for the first time in 2015, offering the lecture “Life Without Borders.” Over the past 8 years, he has published 5 books that have become bestsellers.