More Than 1,000 Visit PAA to Hear Speaker with No Limbs

June 01, 2010 | Liesl Vistaunet

Portland Adventist Academy hosted a sold-out crowd of nearly 1,300 people for an event to be remembered.

Nick Vujicic was born without limbs and at an early age contemplated suicide. Now he speaks to people around the world about how he found purpose through God and has turned his life without limbs into a life without limits. Vujicic brought his powerful message to Portland, Ore., where PAA was privileged to host an event at which students and community members were literally brought to their knees.

PAA students, staff and youth pastors heard Vujicic at a private chapel where students were directly challenged with his relevant message about bullying, video games, addictions and more. Almost all 220 students knelt for an altar call commitment. Afterward students came to meet and hug Vujicic.

"It was life changing," says Brian Schorzman. "He helped me to see who God is for the first time. There have been times when I wasn't sure about God. But that day, I knew He was and will always be real to me. It's nice to have that feeling."

That evening, almost 1,300 Portland and Vancouver, Wash., community members came to hear Vujicic in the school gymnasium where they too were inspired and challenged. More than 300 people came forward for an altar call and 200 Steps to Christ books were distributed for free.

"I had the opportunity to pray with several individuals and families who had responded to the altar call," says Greg Phillips, pastor. "God clearly used Nick's message to change hearts and lives. One couple shared how they had drifted away from God and their church. Before they left, the husband assured me, 'We'll be back in church this weekend!' It was so exciting to see the Holy Spirit at work!"

The proceeds from the event benefited Portland Adventist Community Services and Portland Rescue Mission, two organizations that PAA works closely with for student service projects.