By Nancy Thorner –
Comedian Mike Williams asked his audience why they thought he was asked to address the “Informed Choices Pregnancy and Parenting” event in Kildeer, Illinois Friday night, given his reputation as a stand-up comedy guy.
Williams cited as reason number one: “Because I’m the only speaker this organization could afford.” Followed by reason number 2: “To celebrate the 792 lives that are alive in the name of Jesus because of your center.”
According to Williams, “God gave us humor as a gift. God also allows stupidity as a gift.” Most of all, “God wants us to learn how to laugh.” He spoke of God’s blessing in allowing him to survive after flat-lining twice in a Butte, Montana hospital last year.
Writing about humor is difficult to do, as so much of what is funny becomes funny because of the gestures made and the modulation of the voice by the one dispensing the humor. Then too humor is also infectious, as it serves as a springboard for our own personable enjoyment as we participate in the laughter of those around us.
As such was the entertainment provided by Mike Williams whose antics and words kept his Informed Choices audience laughing throughout his comedy gig. There were many jokes about common ordinary things that when taken out of context became hilarious. One joke about Exlax promised to “work while you sleep”; another was a spoof about how batteries are required to have a label because some people might try to drink the fluid; and another spoke of a recent incident in Colorado where children have been prohibited from playing tag because it’s too dangerous.
Just imagine, said Williams: “On Monday children could still play tag, and play they did. Then Wednesday morning came and there was no more tag. Just think, whoever was It last will now be It for the rest of their lives!” Williams also made much of a small sign he saw on a MacDonald’s drive-through window which displayed this rather made-for-humor message: “We have menus in braille and picture menus for people who can’t read.”
As Williams mused: It would be great if we could all laugh in the middle of a mess instead of years after it has happened. It would certainly help stress levels go down. Accordingly, Williams became the brunt of many of his jokes that concerned his weight and botched medical procedures.
In speaking about when he flat lined twice in Butte, Montana, last year, Williams shared this account: The ER doctor in the room said, “Mr. Williams, you’re going to have to stop making the staff laugh. We are trying to save your life.” To which Williams replied: I’m only trying to keep alive.” Replied the ER doctor: “Then keep on with what you are doing, because your blood pressure is down.” Williams blessed God for allowing him to live.
The serious side of Mike Williams
Finally the time came for Mr. Williams to explain what had really brought him to the Informed Choices event to be the featured speaker, and why he does 80 events a year all over the world. He wass first being asked by Dr. Dobson thirteen years ago to share his humor and candid thoughts about his life. Williams recounted the surprising, sordid facts of his very early life without regret or anger, but instead with heart-felt gratitude for how God had provided his birth mother, at the time it was needed most, with a Christian and Jesus-loving home in which to place her youngest son.
Williams described himself as a southside Chicago welfare kid. “Although all of us have parents, we don’t get to choose our parents or whether they will be good parents,” he said. Williams was the youngest of 5 children. One of his siblings ended up in jail at age 17 for murder. His mother decided to give young Mike away to her mailman, as the only Christian man she had ever met, asking the mailman to take her youngest child out of the hellhole he was living in. The mailman informed William’s mother that he and his wife were too old to care for the child, but that his daughter and son-in-law had been praying to God for twelve years to give them a child.
Williams quipped: “So they got me! Be careful of what you ask for.” So Williams grew up in Harvey, Illinois, with a couple who loved God. He was a rescue kid.
Continuing, Williams related a happening as one having already benefited from the “tic” of a situation, about how he and his wife later on supplied the “tac” response, both of which were the result of God’s doing. A jailed pregnant mother planning to have an abortion, found God through the prison ministry program. Giving her life to the Lord, she gave birth to her child.
Out of prison the mother saw a billboard about a pregnancy center and called for help, only to decide that she wanted to give up her child for adoption. The mother had done drugs during her pregnancy. Receiving an out-of-the-blue phone call, Mrs. Williams was asked if she would be interested in the woman’s child.
Asked Mrs. Williams, “How many want this child?”, to which the caller said, “You are my last call. Without hesitation, Mrs. Williams replied, “We’ll take him”, even though at the time her husband Mike Williams was at Atlanta’s International Airport. So it was that Mike Williams and his wife took into their home, and later adopted, an eight-month-old bundle of joy to raise.
“Informed Choices” was established in1987 by two women in Wauconda, Illinois, originally as the “Tri-County Crisis Pregnancy Center,” to meet the emotional, spiritual and practical needs of women experiencing unplanned pregnancies. The Wauconda center relocated in 2001 to Grayslake, IL, while a satellite center in Crystal Lake, IL, was established in 1995.
The central purpose of its ministry is to encourage young men and women to choose life during a pregnancy crisis. In 2013 there was a name change from “Tri-County Crisis Pregnancy Center” to “Informed Choices.” After having serving the Tri-County area for 27 years, the organization’s annual fund event of Friday, Oct. 3 was the first time members and friends had gathered under the name of “Informed Choices.”
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