Living in the Philippines as missionaries, Pam and her husband, Bob, who now heads the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association, had been told the baby she was carrying needed to be aborted because she had complications due to medication used for an amoeba infection.
“They didn’t recommend; they didn’t really give me a choice,” Tebow said. “That was the only option they gave me.”
At the same time doctors were telling her to have an abortion, Bob Tebow had been out preaching in the field. “He was so burdened about abortions taking place in America,” Tebow recalled.
“Lord, if you give us another son, then we’ll raise him to be a preacher,” Tebow recalls her husband praying. And so, with four little children and their parents heads bowed, the Tebow family prayed for a miracle.
We all prayed for Timmy by name,” Tebow said. “It was a very serious prayer. We prayed that God would give us a Timothy.
“It was just amazing that God spared him, but we knew God has His hand on his life” Tebow said. “We all, through all these years, have told Timmy that.”
Tebow said she and her husband have told all of their children they are special and God has a “special” plan for their lives. Tim’s situation, however, was more intense because of the less predictable outcome.
“I guess it was a little more dramatic because we saw the miracle of Timmy’s birth and we continually reminded him, God has a special plan for your life,” Tebow said. “It was sweet, it was a really a great beginning because you know when something is hard to come by, you value it so much,” Tebow said. “We value all our children, but all of our children value Timmy because they’d all had a part in praying for him. “He is a well-loved kid,” Tebow said.
And it’s likely that security, fostered by a loving and caring family—along with a hearty dose of God-given talent—that’s allowed the young man to flourish as a leader both on the football field and on the mission field.
“Whether it’s fighting for the National Championship or fighting to see the Gospel brought to a country where people have never heard the name of Christ—I think that’s what probably has made him a good leader, that he’s passionate and that he’s not afraid to stand alone,” his mom said.
Tebow said she’s thought about Tim in the context of being the youngest child and how typically younger children follow their elders, but thinks the notion that he was raised very securely has helped him to develop into the strong leader he is.