Saturday, January 14, 2012


Pastor’s Pen of David Harness

Pam knows the pain of considering abortion. More than 24 years ago, she and her husband Bob were serving as
Baptist 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 and drugs before they discovered she was pregnant. Her baby suffered a severe placental

Doctors urged her to abort the baby for her own safety and told her that the medicines had caused irreversible
damage to her baby, and probably would be stillborn. 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 didn't think of it as a life, they thought of it as a mass of fetal tissue.

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 homeschooled all of her five children, instilling her Christian beliefs in them. 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. His current role as starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos has provided an
incredible platform for Christian witness. As a result, he is being called The Mile-High Messiah. During his college
football career, Tebow frequently wore references to Bible verses on his eye black. In the 2009 BCS Championship
Game, he wore John 3:16 on his eye black; the verse was the highest-ranked Google search term over the next 24
hours, generating over 90 million searches. Later, when Tebow switched to another verse, there were 3.43 million
searches of Tim Tebow and Proverbs 3:5-6 together. Tim Tebow also makes it a practice during a game to kneel on
the field and give God thanks—the sports world now calls this “Tebowing”.

Tim’s notoriety and the family’s inspiring story have given Pam numerous opportunities to speak on behalf of
women’s centers across the country. Pam Tebow believes that every little baby you save matters. Amazing things
happen contrary to the secular world’s predictions when one depends completely on the Word of God in the face of
dire consequences or even death. All God wants us to do is trust in Him and obey His Word.

Pastor David Harness
(Adapted from an article by Melissa Lackey with other material added).

BTW -- The Broncos lost to the Patriots Saturday evening. Giving Tim extra time in serving his Lord.

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