Motivational speaker born without limbs to host free event Saturday

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By Nicole Pence

INDIANAPOLIS - Millions of people have been inspired by Nick Vujicic's motivational speeches. This week, Vujicic is in Indiana talking with students at high schools across the state.

Vujicic was born without arms or legs. His message is one of hope and a call to “move forward” toward a better future, regardless of your circumstances.

"I want to tell every single teen that you are beautiful just the way you are. You don`t need a boyfriend to feel loved and don`t need a girlfriend and big biceps to feel cool. Mine were so big they fell off," said Vujicic.

In 2013, Nick spoke in 24 foreign countries and reached over 400 million people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  This captured the heart of Darryl Webster, pastor of Emmanuel MBC of Indianapolis.  He immediately decided to join forces with Proclaim to afford this opportunity for urban youth to participate.

Vujicic spoke at Cathedral High School Wednesday afternoon. Vujicic then visited with Emmanuel MBC of Indianapolis, in one of the city's toughest neighborhoods.

We need it right now. We are dealing with hopelessness and despair. It`s a crisis," said Pastor Darryl Webster,

Pastor Webster believes Vujicic's message relates well to the young people in Indianapolis.

"I think there needs to be a change in mind but also a transformation of character," said Pastor Darryl Webster.

Jalen McGraw-Jones, 17, agrees with Pastor Webster. McGraw-Jones' father was killed in a violent crime when he was just three months old. McGraw-Jones say he can see himself in Vujicic.

"We made a choice to not let our circumstance affect us in the long run," said McGraw-Jones.

Vujicic added," In my life, I realized all those temporary highs will not satisfy your soul and just because everyone else is doing it, doesn`t mean it`s right."

At the Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 13 at 7 p.m., Nick will provide hope and inspiration to students in Indianapolis, help students understand the real effect and consequences of bullying and help students recognize their value. The event is free to the public and will be held in the Coliseum.

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