Tebow shares testimony of hope, faith

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Pam Tebow speaks at the Inspiring Women Luncheon, hosted by the Commission for Women of Bossier City, Inc.

Missionary, mother of sports star speaks at annual Inspiring Women Luncheon

Pam Tebow, the mother of football player Tim Tebow, shared her love of faith and family to a sold out crowd in Bossier City last week.

Tebow was the guest speaker at this year’s Inspiring Women Luncheon, hosted by the Commission for Women of Bossier City, Inc. Her passion is encouraging women around the country and strengthening them through faith, urging the crowd of more than 300 to trust the Lord and to use their lives as an  influence to others.

Though her voice was soft, her message was mighty.

“Everything we do impacts the people around us. Why? Because there is always someone watching,” she said.

The Tebow family gained notoriety when their youngest son, Tim, won the Heisman Trophy in 2007 following his sophomore football season with the Florida Gators. Then, ESPN aired an interview with Pam that focused on her refusal to abort “Timmy” during her pregnancy.

In 1985, the Tebow family was living in the Philippines as missionaries. Pam contracted amoebic dysentery and was given high doses of medication to combat the infection. That’s when they discovered she was pregnant.

The medication caused many complications, threatening her life as well as her unborn child’s. Against the doctor’s advice, she refused to have an abortion.

That decision has become a national platform she uses as a pro-life message, encouraging others to celebrate family and life.

“We turned to God and prayed,” Tebow told the crowd. “This miracle was beyond us. God spared my life and my sons. Tim is our miracle baby.”

The message she shared was simple, yet powerful – find hope in hopeless situations, be courageous, do the work you’re passionate about, keep a strong mindset and always believe in the power of prayer.

“We live in a world where so many people need hope,” she said. “The truth about God and his word is that there is hope. Whether you’re faced with spiritual, economical or physical storms, overflow others with hope and give them a chance at knowing God’s love.”

She encouraged the women to do things outside of their comfort zone, too.

“God is with you wherever you go and he will help you accomplish it,” she added.

Tebow also praised the commission’s work for setting a positive example in the community.  Above all else, Tebow urged women to be influential to those around them, setting examples for others to follow and to remember those who need a little more encouragement than the rest.

“God has prepared good work for each of us to do. We just need to find out what it is,” she said. “It’s so worth our time to impact others. Find a mission in your community. You have an opportunity to be part of something much bigger. You don’t want to miss that.”

Inspiring Women Luncheon co-chairs are Sandy Cimino and Lindsey Nickerson. The Commission for Women of Bossier City, Inc. is an organization dedicated to promoting and furthering legal, political, economic and educational opportunities for the advancement of women in the Bossier City area; enhancing the quality of life for all area residents, particularly women and families, dedicating time to examining family and women’s issues in the community.

For more information, visit www.bossiercwbc.org or their Facebook page.