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While virtually nobody was looking, retired NFL legend turned professional MLB player Tim Tebow showed up unannounced at a homeless shelter in Phoenix earlier this holiday season and proceeded to donate dozens of shoes, including the ones he was wearing.
The story received almost no national media coverage at the time — likely on account of him being a public champion of Christianity — though it certainly should have.
“Tebow visited the shelter, telling staff members that he wanted to visit the guests who live there as well as on the streets and give back. During the visit, Tebow brought 50 new pairs of shoes for guests,” local station KNXV reported in October 2020.
But once Tebow finished handing out the shoes he’d brought, he reportedly discovered that “there were more people left without shoes,” so he took off the shoes he was wearing and handed them to one lucky, unnamed homeless “guest.”
The former NFL star then reportedly “took down a list of people at the visit that didn’t get shoes that day, and sent them all a pair through” the homeless shelter.
“If you ask me, or many of our guests, Tim has gone from professional athlete to Super Hero in just a few years,” Steve Zabilski, the CEO of St. Vincent de Paul homeless shelter, said to KNXV.
“His actions off the field are as impressive as any last-minute touchdown pass, or game-winning home run. I think we all can agree on that,” he added.
Everybody save for his many detractors, that is.
Fox News was the only mainstream network that covered the story. The majority of the establishment press looked the other way, just as they’d done when Tebow had dropped a bombshell news announcement about his Christian charity, the 7-year-old Tim Tebow Foundation, back in August.
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“TTF has been actively fighting against human trafficking since 2013. For the safety and security of both the victims and the rescue organizations operating on the ground, we’ve kept our involvement completely under the radar,” the former NFL star revealed in an op-ed for Fox News at the time.
But now, Tebow continued, he “can’t help but feel that we are at a point in history – a point just like the one my dad faced years ago — where we cannot stand silently and passively watch as evil rages on,” and that it’s “time for Christians around the world to take a stand, to raise our voices and say, ‘No more.’”
In explaining why he’s decided to go public with his work, Tebow wrote of the “life-changing” experiences he’s had meeting survivors.
“Meeting some of these survivors in person has been more than just a privilege, it has literally been life-changing. But I sometimes still wrestle with questions and wonder how things got so out of hand. Where did things go so terribly wrong? How did we fail to not take a stand for what is right, to say ‘not on our watch?’” he wrote for Fox.
“When a young girl has been trafficked over and over and over again, finally realizes that she’s valuable, not because of her body, but she’s valuable because of her worth, her inherent God-given worth. That changes a life. But I would say just like anything, some of them hit you harder than others,” he added in the interview below.
Undergirding his various campaigns to make the world a better place is the staunch belief that, as expressed by him on Twitter, “With God, nothing is impossible.”
The tweet cited is one of many he’s posted — and continues to post on an almost daily basis — in which he’s unashamedly referenced his Christian faith.
Some recent examples may be seen below:
With God nothing is impossible.
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) December 15, 2020
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.
And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”
1 John 5:14-15
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) December 13, 2020
Prayer is powerful because it’s you connected to the source of all life… the source of creation.
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) December 6, 2020
“The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.” Psalm 29:11
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) December 6, 2020
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) November 28, 2020
Happy Thanksgiving! Even in such a unique year, we still have so much to be thankful for… most importantly Jesus and the Cross!
Hope you have a great thanksgiving and this is a great day for you!
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) November 26, 2020
Also an advocate for the disabled, for Christmas last year he penned a poignant letter describing “the change I want to see in the world for people with special needs.”
“I think we take the first step by shifting our mindset. When we truly begin to view ALL people as made in the image of God, the inherent value of each and every individual becomes impossible to argue. We begin to understand that there is meaning and purpose assigned by God to every human life,” he wrote.
“A person can no longer be viewed as nobody…he or she is somebody. People’s differences or perceived limitations are no longer what defines them. They are indeed special, but not in the way the phrase “special needs” so often describes. They are special simply because they are His beloved children, perfectly and purposefully made in the image of their Creator.”
Sadly, it’s an argument that’s repeatedly fallen deaf on the ears of pro-abortion advocates who strive endlessly to demean “the inherent value of each and every individual” by advocating for what is ostensibly eugenics against the disabled.
It’s not clear yet what Tebow intends to do for this Christmas.
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