BEIJING, China – Australian limbless evangelist Nick Vujicic participated in the “Grateful Heart, Give to the Community” public lecture held at the China Agricultural University Gymnasium in the afternoon of December 8.
Around 8,000 people including students from all universities, primary and secondary schools in Beijing, and orphans from the recent Yushu earthquake in Qinghai Province listened to his inspiring message.
This visit marks the third time that Nick came to China, where he once again re-interpreted the meaning and value of life with his stories and his sense of humor.
According to media reports in China, numerous audiences asked Nick questions related to life. For example, one college student asked, “I am facing many difficulties and pressures from both external and internal. How do you overcome the fears from within and not let your loved ones be disappointed?” Still others asked, “It is scary to lose your loved ones. How do you escape from this feeling of loneliness in your heart?”
After Nick finished his speech, student representatives from Yushu, Qinghai Province, came on the stage and embraced Nick. It has been a little over a year since the disaster; the student victims have walked out of past shadows and learned to be positive and optimistic in face of their new lives. Nick handed out school supplies to the students, expressing his appreciation and encouragement to them, while the students performed a song titled “Grateful Heart.”
This public lecture was hosted by the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, Tencent Charity Foundation, and the CEO Global Foundation. Afterwards, Nick will proceed with two more public lectures in Shenzhen on December 10 and in Shanghai on December 12.
In 2008 and 2009, Nick, founder of “Life Without Limbs”, visited China twice. He visited Beijing, Shanghai, Sichuan, and other areas and gave public speeches, which received overwhelming positive responses. In October, 2009, he visited the Shifang earthquake area in Sichuan and spoke to the local children. Using his own life experience and attitude, he has inspired the lives of more than 1,000 Chinese children who’ve experienced the disaster that left them traumatized and disabled.
[Editor's note: reporter Jamie Pan translated this article.]