A man born without his extremities and featured as part of a PBS documentary will be the guest speaker Sunday at Souls Harbor.
John Robinson, born a congenital amputee and author of “Get off Your Knees: A Story of Faith, Courage and Determination,” will be the guest speaker during Sunday’s 10:30 a.m. morning worship service.
Robinson’s story is one of strength. He was born with multiple challenges. No hands. His arms stop at his elbow. No knees. His lower legs are attached to his hips. He stands 3 feet, 9 inches tall.
Despite being born with a rare disability, Robinson has fulfilled a successful life. He graduated from Syracuse University and is a successful broadcast salesperson with a high-level management position. He has a wife and three children, drives a car, plays golf, coaches soccer and participates in many other activities — even ones that those without his challenges do not pursue.
Through a lengthy process of trial and error, he learned to use a curtain rod to zipper his pants and a wooden cane to put on socks. With time, he would learn to knot a tie. He still calls dressing himself “the greatest accomplishment of my life.”
Robinson accepted an invitation to speak at Souls Harbor from Pastor Cordie Wimberley, who discovered his story while watching PBS.