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Football player's mother gives pro-life speech here
Pam Tebow addresses 250
Pam Tebow, mother of evangelistic NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, spoke at the Church at Mercy Crossing in Martinsville on Friday. She is shown at left with Janice Galyean, executive director of the Pregnancy Care Center of Martinsville and Henry County, which sponsored her appearance. (Contributed photo)
Sunday, June 24, 2012
By IAN YOUNG - Bulletin Staff Writer
Pam Tebow, the mother of evangelistic NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, brought a pro-life message to Martinsville on Friday.
About 250 people attended the event entitled, “An Evening with Pam Tebow,” which was sponsored by The Pregnancy Care Center of Martinsville and Henry County, a pro-life organization which assists and educates women with unplanned pregnancies. The event was held at the Church at Mercy Crossing in Martinsville.
Tebow was there to support the center and speak to the importance of the decisions women make regarding pregnancy.
She lives in Florida and is a motivational speaker on pro-life and women’s issues. She lived for a number of years as a missionary in the Philippines, preaching with her husband, Bob Tebow, and his ministry, the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association. The couple also started an orphanage, called Uncle Dick’s Home, in the Philippines in 1992.
During Friday’s presentation, Tebow discussed the importance of religion in the family and her experience of deciding not to abort her son “Timmy” after doctors advised her to when she became ill while she was pregnant in the Philippines.
"Timmy" went on to have a pro football career, playing now for the New York Jets. He has become famous for his devotion as well as his skills on the field.
Pam Tebow said she hopes her story will affect other women’s decisions about their pregnancies.
At times she was amusing, joking not to “worry, I am not going to be selling CD’s after this” after she sang Bible verses. Tebow sang, she said, to help her children remember the scriptures.
At other times, she was blunt about the truth she believes about abortion in this country.
“Girls can get an abortion an hour away in either direction,” she said. “That is the reality of abortion.”
Tebow praised the work of the local Pregnancy Care Center for its role in changing women’s minds on the issue. She added that the “impact on each person is for eternity, not just a lifetime.”
Tebow ended her speech with a prayer and left the stage to a standing ovation from the crowd.
Also during the program, the Rev. Phil Holsinger of the Blue Ridge Women’s Center in Roanoke, discussed the importance men play in the issue.
“Why would a man be involved in a women’s ministry,” he asked, referring to himself. “I guarantee that for every woman that walks in the doors (of a women’s center), a man is involved in that.”
Holsinger added a lesson that he said he had been taught years before: “No man can be a good father unless he himself had been fathered well.”
Holsinger asked all the men in the audience to offer their help and mentoring to other young men.
“I encourage all of you (men) in the crowd to lean over and scratch the cash amount off of the donation card your wife is holding,” said Holsinger. “Instead, donate your time to the center and this ministry yourself.”