OGDEN -- Nick Vujicic may not have arms or legs, but what he does have is an ability to motivate people for the cause of good through his Love Without Limits presentation.
The result could be seen March 9.
Following a handful of presentations earlier last week at area schools, Vujicic, who is known for the motivational talks he gives across the country, spoke to a gathering of leaders and members of a dozen area churches of various denominations. They prayed for Ogden city, and after his address, about 400 people used their arms and legs to perform service for the community in the form of beautifying the flower beds and the grounds of Union Station.
"It was a good feeling to know that we can unite and do something together," said Dave McCurry, pastor of Keys for Life Ministry.
"There were a lot of different churches there -- Baptists, Catholics. There was quite the group. I thought it was pretty cool."
Robert Guiller, pastor of Crossroads Christian Fellowship, said Vujicic's message of serving in the community with no strings attached is in line with the thinking of his church.
"I just love it. For us as a church, our foundation is very simple -- unconditional love, absolute acceptance and walking in a spirit of forgiveness toward people," he said. "Our job is not to change people. Our job is to love people."
And he said the event last Saturday was an example of people loving without limits.
"We had no expectations. We just served people because we could."
Guiller said serving people helps create a bridge of equity and equality.
"We don't believe in arguing with anybody. We believe in loving them and serving them."
Fred Lopez, pastor of Hope Resurrected Church, organized the coming together of the various congregations and the service project that followed.
He said he was excited to see 12 pastors all on stage with Vujicic, praying for the city.
Lopez said he worked for two months with the city in pinpointing a project the church groups could take on and in getting the groups together.
"We had a great mix of different denominations," he said. "The whole point was really unity, so we could cross barriers and denominational walls, so we could become more effective in our common goal -- bringing people to Christ."
Lopez said he was expecting 150 people and was surprised when so many attended.
"God really did something to work on the pastors to be open to this," he said. "I've never heard of so many churches getting together in a cause. I think it's unprecedented. I don't think it's ever happened."
But Lopez believes the best is yet to come.
"I think it's a precursor to what God is doing, bringing the different churches together."
He said churches working together have a better chance of fighting problems like pornography, prostitution, addiction and dysfunctional families.
"We've all been trying to do that individually, in our own little worlds."
When the project was completed last Saturday, Lopez said, people were asking what was next.
He has taken on a desire to follow up and create another activity to bring the churches together.
In addition to the churches mentioned earlier, participants included members of Alpine Church, Canyon Road Assembly of God, Christian Assembly, CLUBB Jesus Church, Genesis Project, Ogden First Baptist, St. Joseph Catholic Church and leaders from the Pregnancy Care Center.
For information on future gatherings, email Lopez at email@example.com.