The Valdosta Daily Times
“It’s my privilege to be here in TitleTown USA,” said Pam Tebow. “You guys love your football.”
Pam Tebow, mother of NFL player Tim Tebow, made an appearance Tuesday night at the Rainwater Conference Center to speak on behalf of Options Now, the Pregnancy Support Clinic of Valdosta.
Options Now serves South Georgia and North Florida communities through multiple outreach programs.
“We are a Christ-centered ministry empowering individuals to make life-affirming choices,” said Community Relations Director Marilois Campa. “We help them choose life.”
Four aspects are covered within the ministry: women in crisis pregnancy, abortion recovery, the Repeat Boutique, and Wait Now, a sexual-purity program.
“We specialize in sexual purity,” Campa said.
Options Now strives to encourage young women who may become pregnant in a crisis to choose life, the way God intended, she said.
“It truly is a ministry,” said Susan Ring, an Options Now volunteer. “It touched my heart, I believe you can change lives one by one ... educating people.”
Knowing firsthand the fear of being faced with the option of abortion, Pam Tebow was pleased to make the trip from her home in Jacksonville, Fla., to Valdosta, to spread the word of God.
“I am really pleased that she would come to Valdosta. I think God works through her and people will listen,” Ring said.
As the dinner began, welcoming remarks were given by Dr. Mark Eanes, Options Now chairman. An invocation was made by Dr. Charles Vinson of Mount Calvary Baptist Church, a gospel song was performed by the Morningside Baptist College Ensemble, then the floor was given to Pam Tebow.
As she graced the stage, she greeted her audience with a warm welcome. She complimented Valdosta citizens on their love for football and admired the city’s role as TitleTown, USA.
In 1985, Pam and her husband, Bob, felt their calling was to become missionaries in the Philippines, spreading the good word of Jesus Christ.
During their time spent away from the United States, the Tebow family strived to spread the word of God as well as the importance of life to the Philippines natives. They even established a children’s orphanage called Uncle Dick’s Home in 1992, after seeing an increase in unwanted pregnancies.
In 1987, during her pregnancy with her youngest child, Tim, Tebow became extremely ill due to a case of amoebic dysentery. She became severely dehydrated and nearly died.
“I had a difficult pregnancy. I had profuse bleeding. Doctors said it was a tumor,” Tebow said. “I trusted God, my master.”
Worrying about her unborn baby, Tebow sought the help of the best doctor she could find in the Philippines. The doctor tried persuading Pam that what she thought was a fetus, was in fact a tumor and that abortion was the only option. Listening to God, she turned to her faith, got healthy and gave birth to Timmy, her “miracle baby”.
“The doctor said Tim was a miracle. There wasn’t a shred of placenta intact,” Tebow said. “Tim was born malnourished.”
Even though Tim Tebow may have been born weak, he grew up strong to achieve great things. Raised by two loving parents, Tim earned the Heisman Trophy following his sophomore year at the University of Florida and is now a quarterback for the New York Jets.
“We told our kids, you’re going to be great. Not because you can throw a football, not because you have a good resume, not because you make a lot of money, it’s because you’re a servant to God,” Tebow said. “God allows us the great privilege of serving.”
Pam Tebow discussed the importance of saving babies and the effect that abortion has on a community.
“Abortion affects all of us, our churches, our schools. We need to face that reality,” Tebow said. “Every family, every individual needs to be involved in the pro-life community. We have a voice for these precious unborn babies.”
Tebow has been a motivational speaker and has voiced her concerns to the public for many years. In 2010, she appeared in a Super Bowl commercial with her son, speaking out against abortion. This commercial changed the lives and minds of 5.5 million people, considering abortion as an alternative.
“We have a master who loves us. God allows us to work with him to impact lives for all eternity,” Tebow said. “Life is so valuable. It is worth whatever it costs to save all of these little babies.”
As Tebow’s discussion came to an end, she closed the dinner with an inspirational prayer. She informed the crowd that if we trust God for the small things, He will come through and that everyone’s mission in life will be successful.
Options Now has succeeded in saving 180 babies this year from abortion. To date, 1,257 babies have been saved and will always be honored at each fundraising dinner to come with red rose petals, representing their survival.