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Our top 5 inspiring stories from 2021 are a must-read

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Cerith Gardiner - published on 12/28/21

Did you catch all these amazing true stories from the past year?

This year hasn’t been easy. With financial, practical, and emotional instability from the COVID pandemic, a lot of us have been really struggling. Thankfully, there have been a few shining lights that have reminded us of the beauty of life, even when faced with the most difficult circumstances.

So here’s a handful of our stand-out stories that have not only been super popular, but demonstrate the strength that God’s love can bring us in the most challenging of times.

1Nightbirde’s inspirational faith

The whole world was moved by the story of this America’s Got Talent contestant. Given just a 2% chance of survival from her doctors, the faith-filled Nightbirde has continued to battle her illness while inspiring millions with her faith and depth.

Nightbirde’s deep faith shines in her viral performance on America’s Got Talent

2Embracing the gift of life

This teen was given no chance of survival after an accident crushed the lower part of his body. The only way doctors could attempt to save his life was with a radical amputation. His story touched the hearts of all those who heard it.

Amputee from the waist down is thankful every day to be alive

3Celebrating the power of faith

Hidilyn Diaz

In moments of glory we don’t always think to give thanks to God. This Olympian, however, was quick to acknowledge the role her faith had on her weight-lifting victory.

Gold-winning Filipina Olympian shares her Miraculous Medal for the world to see

4Going to great lengths to rescue children

This shocking story is straight out of a Hollywood blockbuster — a family so desperate for money were willing to sell one of their children so his organs could be harvested. Thankfully, military chaplain Fr. Ignacio María Doñoro de los Ríos took a big risk to save the boy’s life.

The military chaplain who pretended to be a criminal to rescue a boy from organ trafficking

5FACING FEAR WITH COURAGE & STRENGTH

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After her own father threw acid on her and her mother, Anmol Rodriguez was sent to an orphanage where she thrived. However, out in the world she had to face mockery and rejection that left her depressed. Soon, though, she decided to confront what scared her and became a positive social media influencer, inspiring others with her strength, beauty and courage.

Attacked with acid as a baby, Anmol Rodriguez overcomes and inspires

We hope you’ve enjoyed these incredible stories, and that these individuals will inspire you to face 2022 with a determination to enjoy the gift of life. If you have a favorite story, or would like to share a story that has inspired you, let us know!

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