INSTEAD OF A CASUALTY, A CELEBRITY
With all the debate about abortion in the news and it being a hot topic in politics, especially in confirmation hearings on new Supreme Court nominees, I thought I’d share a story we read in a book by one of the most well-known college and pro quarterbacks in recent years.
More than 30 years ago, a woman named Pam and her husband Bob were serving as missionaries to the Philippines and praying for a fifth child. Pam contracted amoebic dysentery, an infection of the intestine caused by a parasite found in contaminated food or drink. She went into a coma and was treated with strong antibiotics before they discovered she was also pregnant.
Doctors urged her to abort the baby for her own safety and told her that the medicines had caused irreversible damage to her baby. She refused the abortion and cited her Christian faith as the reason for her hope that her son would be born without the devastating disabilities physicians predicted. Pam said the doctors thought of what was inside her womb as a mass of fetal tissue, but for her and her husband, it was a human life.
While pregnant, Pam nearly lost their baby four times but refused to consider abortion. She recalled making a pledge to God with her husband: “If you will give us a son, we’ll name him Timothy and we’ll make him a preacher.”
Pam ultimately spent the last two months of her pregnancy in bed and eventually gave birth to a healthy baby boy August 14, 1987. Pam’s youngest son is indeed a preacher. He preaches in prisons, makes hospital visits, and serves with his father’s ministry in the Philippines. He also plays football. Pam’s son is Tim Tebow.
The University of Florida’s star quarterback became the first sophomore in history to win college football’s highest award, the Heisman Trophy. He went on to play quarterback for the Denver Broncos and New York Jets. Recently he played major league baseball with the New York Mets. And now he has plans to return to football. Through it all, God has provided him with an incredible platform for Christian witness. This is just another case where faith in God can do miracles that no one else thinks is possible.