A year before Kimberly Henderson and her baby girl became a hit on YouTube, the young woman was sitting in an abortion facility feeling desperate and alone.
The South Carolina mother said she did not want an abortion, but she felt that it was her only option. Her boyfriend was cheating on her, her birth control had failed, and she already was struggling to take care of her older children, she related in a social media post.
But as she sat in the abortion facility praying, God touched her in an amazing way, and she walked out with her unborn baby, Vaida, CBN News reports.
A little more than a year later, Henderson held her baby girl in her arms and sang to her on video. That sweet moment between the mother and child touched millions of lives. During its first week on YouTube, it was viewed 20 million times, according to the report.
But it never would have been possible if Henderson had gone through with the abortion.
“My daughter Vaida Everly has a purpose. Her name means beautiful life,” Henderson wrote in 2015, not long after the video went viral.
Back in 2013, Henderson said abortion seemed like her only option in her time of desperation.
“I had my mind made up. My boyfriend was cheating on me. I have small kids, what will people think?? I kept telling myself I’m all alone I need to do this,” she wrote online.
Yet, she was so conflicted that she could not stop crying.
“I sat in the abortion clinic for nearly 7 hours. I remember wearing a pink t shirt that was soaking wet from crying,” she said. “I prayed God would stop and give me a sign, give me the strength to get up and walk out of here.”
A sign came as she was called up to the front desk, just before the abortion. Henderson said she was fumbling through her wallet for her driver’s license when she found a card that a couple had left on the table at her job a few days ago.
“It had their church name on it. On the back was a common verse: ‘Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10
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“I knew God was speaking to me,” she said.
She received a second sign from two of her best friends who called “just in time” to say they would help support her and her unborn child.
With those answers to prayer, Henderson told the abortion facility that she changed her mind, Henderson wrote.
On the way out, she said another troubled young woman approached her: “A young girl no older than probably 19 says to me, ‘Are you going to do it?’ I told her I couldn’t. She said, ‘I wish I could be brave like you.’ I told her she was brave and she could do the same thing. She said she had to do it because of some serious circumstances. As I turned around she said, ‘When you see your baby’s face for the first time you’re gonna be so glad you walked out of here today.’”
What became of that young woman, Henderson did not say. However, she said she immediately felt relieved and strengthened as she walked away from the abortion facility.
“No guilt. No shame. No regrets. I remember feeling that this all… This all has to mean something one day,” she said.
More than a year later, when her video went viral, Henderson realized even more fully the value of her daughter’s life.
“Singing to her in our kitchen for a memory keep sake is the reason our entire life is about to change. For the good. For the better. She was meant to be here,” she wrote.