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‘Must-Watch’: Popular Super Bowl Ad Featured A Pro-Life Message And A Christian Athlete

A Super Bowl ad featuring a pro-life message by Toyota spotlighted Christian American swimmer Jessica Long, who has won 13 Paralympic gold medals. She was born in Russia in 1992 but was adopted by an American family when she was 1. Shortly thereafter, her legs were amputated below the knee due to a medical condition.

The ad shows Long swimming in the water as her life’s story is told. The viewer hears a recreated conversation between actresses playing her mother and an adoption agency worker. Throughout the commercial, the viewer also sees a recreation of Long as a child learning to walk and then swim.

Long grew up in a Christian household, but she didn’t accept Christ until she was living on her own in 2013.

“I wanted to give God my whole heart and not just part of me,” she said. “I wanted to be a part of God’s family and not fight Him all the time.”

Long will swim in the Summer Paralympics in Tokyo, which will begin Tuesday, August 24. For more information, visit www.paralympic.org.

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