By Galen Holley/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow has already started redefining the term “Christian role model,” and Thursday night his mother called him her “miracle baby.”
“Our son’s story is a God story, because it would never have been possible without God’s grace and love,” Pam Tebow said to a crowd of nearly 1,000 gathered at The Orchard, a United Methodist Congregation in west Tupelo.
The mother of the gridiron hero was the keynote speaker for the annual fundraiser of the Parkgate Pregnancy Clinic.
Since 1983, the Parkgate Clinic, formerly called Sav-a-Life, has provided free counseling to women facing unplanned pregnancies, and they’ve recently purchased an ultrasound machine to add to their services.
Pam Tebow met Tim’s father, Bob, while they were both involved in campus ministry at the University of Florida in the 1970s.
Bob eventually became an ordained missionary evangelist and in 1985, with four children in tow, the young couple moved to the Philippines.
It was there, in 1988, that Tebow gave birth to their fifth child, Tim, who led the Florida Gators to a football national championship in 2008.
Thursday’s multi-denominational crowd listened intently as Pam Tebow told of being advised to have an abortion while pregnant with Tim. She was 37, and the poor medical conditions in the area where they lived posed serious health risks.
She described Tim’s birth in a Manila hospital as “nothing short of miraculous.”
The Tebows have taken their anti-abortion message to the masses, most recently in a television commercial that aired during the Super Bowl.
Parkgate board member Charlotte Busby said it was a great honor to have Tebow speak at the event because, faced with a difficult situation, “she made the choice we hope all young women might make.”
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