Nick Vujicic – Never Give Up
Never give up – Nick Vujicic Born with no arms and no legs, Nick Vujicic has overcome life’s challenges through strength and hope found in Jesus Christ. Throughout his childhood, Nick not only dealt with the typical challenges of school and adolescence, but he also struggled with depression and loneliness. Nick constantly wondered why he was different than all the other kids. He questioned the purpose of life, or if he even had a purpose. According to Nick, the victory over his struggles, as well as his strength and passion for life today, can be credited to his faith in God. His family, friends and the many people he has encountered along the journey have inspired him to carry on, as well. His organization, Life Without Limbs, is all about sharing that hope and love with people all over the globe. www.lifewithoutlimbs.org
Darrell Mansfield’s soulful voice and harmonica have amazed and inspired audiences worldwide for over 30 years. A renown musician and songwriter, he has released more than 30 albums and is recognized as one of the world’s greatest harmonica players. Over the years Darrell has recorded and toured heavily in the US and Europe as well as the Middle East, Asia and Australia.
Darrell performs regularly at NAMIWALK events in California. He served as Grand Marshall of the NAMIWALK at Diamond Valley Lake in 2009. He has special empathy for those suffering with mental illness, and has fought his own personal battles to overcome depression. He has been a spokesperson for Christians with mental illness, urging them and churches to treat mental illness as a medical problem. For more about Darrell Mansfield Click Here
Joseph Rojas’s Testimony
At 13 years of age, Joseph Rojas began a pattern of self-destruction. He was raised in a broken home, exposed to his fathers’ abusive temperament, following his fathers’ absence. He battled with drug addiction, an impending prison sentence, only to gain his salvation through Jesus Christ after an attempt to end his life. “If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.” – Mathew 16:25. He has then surrendered his life to Christ, using his pain to reach out to those in need of hope and the word of God.
Kristen Anderson thought she had the picture perfect life until strokes of gray dimmed her outlook on life. Once a happy child, Kristen’s world darkened after three friends and her grandmother died within two years. Still reeling from these losses, she was raped by a friend she thought she could trust. She soon spiraled into a depression that didn’t seem to have an end. Then, on a cold January night at the age of 17, Kristen attempted suicide by laying down on a set of railroad tracks near her parents’ home. She was run over by 33 freight train cars at 50 mph, and both of her legs were severed, but miraculously, she survived!!
Dennis Liegghio’s Testimony
KnowResolve is a grassroots, non-profit collective dedicated to promoting mental health and reducing suicides. Founder Dennis Liegghio struggled with depression and thoughts of suicide for many years following the suicide death of his father at 14 years old.