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ve8QAd   |   February 01, 2005

Six months ago I told you about a remarkable young couple, Tasha and Darrell Smith. Tasha was Britain’’s hopeful for gold in the Summer Olympics last year. That is, until she found out she was pregnant. There was incredible pressure on Tasha to abort her baby. However, she and Darrell quickly came to the conclusion that the child she carried beneath her heart was worth much more than Olympic gold. He was God’’s gold. I presented Tasha with Life Issues Institute’s prestigious Hero at Heart award. It’’s given to those who demonstrate outstanding courage or compassion on behalf of innocent life. Tasha, who delayed her Olympic dream to give her baby life, certainly qualified.

As usual, God’’s timing is perfect. We posted Tasha’’s award on our website while we tried to contact her. One sleepless night, Tasha was searching the Internet, bracing herself for more negative articles about putting her child’’s life above her career. To her amazement, she came upon our website and saw the award. Her tears of joy awoke an anxious husband. She then shared the good news with him.

Tasha quickly contacted me and shared how much this gesture meant to her and her family. I was appalled, but not surprised, by how much harassment she had endured for choosing life.

At that time, I asked you to send an email of encouragement to Tasha and her family. Hundreds of you did. That meant the world to this growing family. Your emails were compiled in a booklet and sent to the expectant couple. They were very pleased to receive this special gift. It was the main topic of a pre-birth celebration with friends.

I’’m happy to announce that on December 8th God’’s gold entered the outside world. Jaden Wayde Smith was 7 pounds, 13 ounces. His name means, “God has heard.” Everyone has thrived since the birth, and they enjoyed an extra special Christmas.

I’’ve often said that small acts of kindness mean a great deal to those who receive them. Your encouraging emails meant a great deal to Jaden’s family. Could I impose on you once more to send an email of congratulations and best wishes to Jaden and his family? You can do so by writing to telltasha@lifeissues.org. And please keep this “Hero at Heart” in your prayers.

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