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Lizzie Velasquez is one of three people in the world who suffer from a rare genetic disorder that prevents a person from gaining weight. She has never weighed more than 62 pounds and she was born blind in her right eye. To make matters worse, right before her junior year of high school, Velasquez discovered a video of herself online labeled, “The World’s Ugliest Woman.” The video had 4 million hits, and even though Velasquez’s parent tried to get it taken down, the person who posted it, refused and stated he would remove it. Rather than turn to misery and self-pity, Velasquez faced the matter head on. She had already talked to high-schoolers about her condition, so she began to speak every time the opportunity arose. She quickly had a worldwide stage, and even wrote three books, including one entitled, Be Beautiful, Be You. Velasquez recently graduated from Texas State University, and says her faith has helped her endure during the difficult times. She said, “It’s been my rock through everything, just having the time to be alone and pray and talk to God and know that He’s there for me.” She added, ”Even when it seems like tings will never get better in the darkest times, if you have faith and continue to push yourself, you can eventually get through anything.—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

World’s Ugliest Woman’ Proves That Jesus Makes All Things Beautiful , By Ken Walker,, Accessed December 31, 2013.

Matthew 17:20 (ESV) He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

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