The other day, I received an email from a friend of mine. The subject of the email was, Pam s Story. It looked like any other forwarded email, and usually I just delete them. I have no idea what prompted me to open this one, but, I did. Let me just share the first four paragraphs of this email with you.
Pam knows the pain of considering abortion. More than 24 years ago, she and her husband Bob were serving as missionaries to the Phillipines and praying for a fifth child. Pam contracted amoebic dysentery, an infection of the intestine caused by a parasite found in contaminated food or drink. She went into a coma and was treated with strong antibiotics before they discovered she was pregnant.
Doctors urged her to abort the baby for her own safety and told her that the medicines had caused irreversible damage to her baby. She refused the abortion and cited her Christian faith as the reason for her hope that her son would be born without the devastating disabilities physicians predicted. Pam said the doctors didn t think of it as a life, they thought of it as a mass of fetal tissue.
While pregnant, Pam nearly lost their baby four times but refused to consider abortion. She recalled making a pledge to God with her husband: If you will give us a son, we ll name him Timothy and we ll dedicate him to you and trust you to call him as a preacher of the gospel.
Pam ultimately spent the last two months of her pregnancy in bed and eventually gave birth to a healthy baby boy August 14, 1987. Pam s youngest son is indeed a preacher. He preaches in prisons, makes hospital visits, and serves with his father s ministry in the Phillipines. He also