Henry Jernigan

henry-jerniganIt was in the late summer of 2001 that Henry and Elizabeth learned they were going to have a baby. Soon after, they learned that their son would be born with Spina Bifida – a neurological condition that would involve the incomplete development of his spinal cord. As the doctors laid out all of the medical implications, including the probability that Pierce would never walk, Henry and Elizabeth were offered the option of terminating their pregnancy. They rejected the abortion route, however, and decided to trust God with their child’s unknown circumstances in what Henry described as an almost “numb faith.”

“William Pierce” was soon decided on for their son’s name. Both of the names “William” and “Pierce” came from Henry and Elizabeth’s families, but it wasn’t until several months later that they learned the true meaning and supporting scripture behind each name. “The fact that both scriptures referred to walking,” Elizabeth recalls, “just blew us away.” From that moment on, God gently reminded Henry and Elizabeth that He had a plan for Pierce’s life. Regardless of whether he ever walks or not, God has created Pierce for a purpose.

That purpose has forever changed the direction of Henry’s life. In addition to sharing his story with “pregnancy centers” and churches across the country, he has also worked in production on two Christian films, and plans to produce God honoring movies and media that promote life. He created Abba Media Group in early 2010 for the purpose of producing quality media for pregnancy centers in order to promote their services. His pregnancy center videos were produced as mini-documentaries and focused on the stories of actual clients. The screen play for Henry’s current film project, Rock Star Parking, was a semi-finalist in the Kairos Screenwriters Competition for Spiritually Uplifting Films in 2014. As Henry so bluntly puts it, “If we had ended Pierce’s life through abortion – not only would we have denied God the opportunity to fulfill His purpose for Pierce – but our own lives as well.

As the story goes, Pierce turned 12 years old on April 16, 2014. His life and story thus far is quite simply to illustrate that God has a plan and purpose for our lives. That, despite rough times and unpredictable circumstances…God loves us, has a plan for us, and you can trust Him. “And if God can use the life of a [child] who can’t walk to further His kingdom and save lives,” says Henry, “then surely he has a plan for me too.”