A revered evangelist who was born with no arms or legs and who has gone on to become an internationally known author and public speaker is preparing to carry the gospel message into more than 600 U.S. prisons.
Nick Vujicic, who was born with a rare disorder called tetra-amelia syndrome — a disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs — announced on his Facebook page on Monday that his organization, Life Without Limbs, will launch a prison effort.
“God is using Nick’s story of hope and trust in Him to reach those who are incarcerated. Life Without Limbs is distributing a video talk to prisons that can then be used by chaplains and volunteers during Bible studies,” the announcement read. “Currently, we have 601 prisons participating in 21 states.”
The message also asked the public to pray for eight additional states that have shown interest in the program.
As The Christian Post noted, this isn’t the first time Vujicic has spoken out to inmates in an effort to share his message of hope, as he addressed prisoners at Telford Unit Prison in New Boston, Texas, back in August.
“I stand before you without arms and legs, and I tell you that I am absolutely not disabled,” he told the inmates, who watched him in awe. “And I want you to know that just because you are behind prison bars, doesn’t mean (you can’t find freedom in Jesus).”
He continued, “I’ve seen too much to believe that there is no God.”
Watch his address below:
Vujicic is known for inspiring audiences around the globe, with the Australian native telling TheBlaze in 2014 how he once struggled with his disability and had questions about God’s love for him — questions that led him to contemplate ending his life.
“For many years I felt it was sort of foolish to believe that God loved me when he gave me less than everyone else,” he said at the time. “I just wanted to have fun or get involved in things my friends were doing. It was difficult to believe that there was hope.”
Eventually, the evangelist found Jesus and has now gone on to inspire people around the globe to overcome the odds and embrace faith, telling TheBlaze that he is stunned at how his life turned out.
“I’m in awe, I’m in shock, I’m humbled. It’s not about me or my story,” he said. “No one writes their own story. God is the one who chooses to write my story or not.”
Now, he’ll be carrying that powerful message into hundreds of U.S. prisons.
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