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'I Wouldn't Let Fear Conquer Me': the Flying Wallenda Siblings' Powerful Message 25 Stories above Times Square

Aimee Herd : Jun 24, 2019  Good Morning America

"I doubt sometimes. But I put my trust completely in God and believe He has given me the mental strength." -Lijana Wallenda

(New York City) Nik Wallenda, famed high wire walker who successfully dared death-defying strolls across stretches of Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon was at it again on Sunday evening. (Image credit: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters/GMA)

With his sister, Lijana, Nik again set a record as the pair walked a wire spanning Times Square in New York City 25 stories up in the air, with Nik crossing over Lijana midway through.

It was the first high wire performance since a tragic fall in a 2017 attempt at an 8-person pyramid landed Lijana in the hospital after breaking almost every bone in her face, and needing reconstructive surgery.

Returning to the wire was important for Lijana, as she noted in a post-walk GMA interview, regarding any residual fear from the accident.

"I feel like I conquered it," Lijana stated in the interview. "I could've taken that fear from falling and never walked again. But I wouldn't let that fear conquer me."

Before the extreme stunt, Lijana told ABC News, "This is who I am. This is what I love. It's still hard sometimes. I doubt sometimes. But I put my trust completely in God and believe He has given me the mental strength."

Lijana is joined by her brother Nik—also a strong Christian—in leaning on faith. The two, along with other family members were joined by Pastor Joel Osteen for prayer, prior to the walk. (Image: ABC News/GMA)

Nik said in the GMA interview that the Wallendas' high wire walk was also about sending a message to those watching.

"Hopefully encouraging and inspiring others to overcome their greatest fears. I think that our society is gripped by fear and we're held back from our greatest achievements because of that fear," Nik explained to GMA. "I think that Lijana's living proof that anyone can step outside of their comfort zone and overcome anything, any challenges they might face."

This was not the final adventure for Nik Wallenda, however, as he told GMA, "I have found my active volcano, and that's what I'll be doing next." Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

Click here to watch the GMA interview with Nik and Lijana Wallenda.







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