Nick Vujicic of the Philippines, Jessa Catle’s testimony, a woman of God born with amelia syndrome
Jessa Catle is a Filipino born with Amelia syndrome. Unlike Nick Vujicic, who has Tetra-amelia, Jessa is a PWD (person with a disability) with no forearm or leg. Still, she can do what most normal people do: eat, bathe, and wear clothes alone.
Obviously, her life is not an easy one. But her Christian faith enabled her to overcome her disability. Incredibly, Jessa can also play music, use the computer, and can commute from place to place by herself.
Ugly, cursed, good for nothing
Naturally, people made fun of Jessa. They called her an ugly child, cursed, and good for nothing. Growing up would only mean more burdens for her family. As a result, she lost confidence in herself. “How can I live a normal life like those with arms and legs?” she said.
She questioned herself and God’s plan for her. Will she ever be good enough for anyone? she often asked herself. Even though she believed God had wonderful plans for her, she wondered if she was merely fooling herself.
Jessa wanted to be used by God; she He could. But her deep insecurity, coupled with her own sinful and selfish desires, conflated her desire to be God’s servant.
Jesus is enough reason for me
Her cycle of depression, frustration, and insecurity would end abruptly in 2006. The Holy Spirit reminded Jessa of His promises to prosper and to give hope and a bright future to those who believe and are faithful to God (Jeremiah 29).
Jessa, like every other child of God, is created in His image
God made Jessa realize that God created her according to His image. She was perfect and wonderfully made in God’s image—beyond physicality. When Jesus returns, all those who belong to Him shall be given a glorified body, something Jessa knows and anticipates.
Jessa said she doesn’t need hands and feet to be useful. God has a purpose in her life, a journey she willingly embraced—which is called hope through faith in Christ.
You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful;
I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.