When pressured to abort her fifth child, Pam Tebow rejected the doctor’s recommendation and placed her faith in God. A few months later, the 37-year-old mother gave birth to a healthy boy, named Tim, who grew up to become an All-American quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner, and player in the National Football League.
In the assembly that day sat parents, aunts and uncles, siblings, and one 94-year-old grandfather who had fostered and gratefully anticipated this ordination. But Vietnamese Martyrs Parish, the largest capacity church in the Diocese of Fort Worth, and among the largest capacity Vietnamese Parishes in the United States, was completely filled. There were well-wishers, classmates, deacons, seminarians, and more than 50 brother priests. All were gathered to celebrate the day James Wilcox and Khoi Tran had waited for, not only through years of study, but for most of their lives.
It’s a hot Saturday morning in June and on a sidewalk along Record Crossing Street in Dallas, 37 people are praying the Rosary across from an abortion facility. But these aren’t adults. They’re high-school students and participants in the 2013 Youth for Life Boot Camp, conducted June 28-30 at the University of Dallas.