Before Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow was born, a doctor encouraged his mother to have him aborted.
The Tebows were missionaries in the Philippines at the time. Pam Tebow had gotten amoebic dysentery, making the pregnancy a high risk one.
But the Tebows didn't want an abortion. And several months later in a hospital in Manila, "Timmy" was born.
"Mr. Tebow, I want you to know that this was a miracle baby," the doctor told her husband.
This was just one of the stories Pam Tebow told on Thursday night in Columbia. She was the featured speaker at the 22nd annual Hopes and Dreams Banquet put on by the Life Network of Central Missouri and its client program, the My Life Clinic.
Along with telling her own "God story," Tebow guided her audience members on how they could each live their own "God story."
It all comes down to four components: master, manual, mindset and mission.
"Everyone has a master," she said. And for her family, that master is God.
That's why she didn't want an abortion – the family believed that God had given them this child, and they needed to trust him.
Tebow got out her iPhone and held it up in front of the audience. She can text and make calls, but she can't do much else – she said she never read the manual.
"God has given us the manual," she said. For her, that manual is the Bible. She and her husband wanted to raise their children with the Bible as their manual, too.
When the Tebow children were little, she used to sing Bible verses to them – that way, they'd remember them better. On Thursday night, she sang a few lines of Psalm 139, which talks about being made in the womb.
She encouraged her audience to develop a Biblical mindset through a two-part process: thinking of oneself as a servant and focusing on eternal things.
As the Tebow children grew up, she told them greatness wouldn't come from their accomplishments. "You're going to be great because you serve," she'd say.
"We were all created to have a mission," she said.
That mission looks different for everyone. For one of the Tebow sons and his wife, fulfiling that mission means living as missionaries in another country.
For "Timmy," the mission is the football field. Tebow told several stories about her son's interaction with youth. Of course, she also mentioned his pre-game routine – though dropping to his knee before a football game is something he's always done.
"Now all of a sudden it's called 'Tebowing,' and our last name is in the dictionary," she said.
Fulfilling a mission requires two steps, Tebow said: facing a reality and deciding to be part of a solution.
One time, she met a man who had a vase of 13 yellow roses at an anti-abortion event. She asked what they were for. He told her: He'd seen 13 baby body bags inside of a dumpster. Each of those babies had been aborted. He took them out and buried each one, and the 13 roses are his symbolic reminder.
At the Thursday night event, she urged her audience to "face the reality" of abortion. "You have a planned parenthood a block and a half away from the my life clinic," she said.
As for the solution, she encouraged prayer, volunteerism, financial giving, sharing stories and advocating.
"God (the master) has given us a manual, a mindest, and an opportunity to be part of a mission," she said.
Other news from the banquet
The banquet also included updates from the My Life Clinic, which exists to help young women who have unplanned pregnancies.
Executive Director Carla Arinder said that in 2012, "242 precious lives were protected from abortion."
As of three weeks ago, the clinic is now providing STD testing and treatment. This new service is free for clients.