Ex-NFL player-turned-minor league baseball star Tim Tebow has always been one to speak out boldly about his Christian faith.
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And Tebow’s appearance during Passion 2018 earlier this month was no exception, as the athlete offered a passionate response when Pastor Louie Giglio, founder of the annual college conference, asked what shaped Tebow’s traditional values.
“I was originally born in the Philippines … to missionary parents and I have a special birth story,” Tebow said before diving into how doctors encouraged his mother to abort. “The doctors said that I wasn’t even a baby; they said I was a tumor.”
While he joked that his siblings later called him “Timmy the tumor,” he explained the very serious plight his parents had after doctors delivered the news that no parents ever want to hear.
In the end, though, the doctors were quite wrong.
“There was a lot of craziness with my mom’s pregnancy. She decided to trust God and not what the doctors were saying,” Tebow said. “And then I was born and it was a miracle — the placenta wasn’t attached the entire pregnancy … I was malnourished, but I made up for it pretty quickly.”
Tebow also discussed his love for scripture and explained how his parents brought him up in missions:
As Faithwire previously reported, the tens of thousands of college students, teens and youth leaders who assembled in Atlanta, Georgia, and Washington, D.C., for the Passion 2018 conference made a stunning societal impact during their annual gathering.
Unlike other Christian conferences where attendees simply hear music and messages, Passion encourages youths to engage in active Christian service and good deeds.
And, with that in mind, the 2018 conference, which was held at three separate locations from Jan. 1-3 — Philips Arena and Infinite Energy Center in Atlanta, and The Anthem in Washington, D.C. — yielded some phenomenal results.
Students came together to sponsor 3,330 children through Compassion International, a Christianity charity. That, alone, is pretty remarkable, considering that it will have a positive impact on the lives of thousands of kids and families around the globe.
But the impact didn’t end there. Passion 2018 attendees also raised $103,623 for Voice of the Martyrs Korea, a group that distributes Christian scripture in North Korea. That’s a pretty stunning development as well that is sure to make an impact.