“What is urgently called for is a general mobilization of consciences and a united ethical effort to activate a great campaign in support of life. All together, we must build a new culture of life”– Pope St. John Paul the Great
The above quote comes from The Vulnerable People Project’s website.
The story of VPP begins with Jason Jones who got his high school girlfriend pregnant. He joined the army to prepare to support her and his child.
As the child of a teen mother, Jones grew up with the dream that he would be a father in an intact family, and his “children would be happy and safe.”
While still in training, a phone call dashed his hopes as his girlfriend’s father explained: “I know your secret, and it’s gone.” His girlfriend wept that she had not done it. Her father had forced her to have an abortion.
This mother was in her third trimester.
At the time, Jones was an atheist. But he understood that his daughter, whom the couple had already named Jessica, had become a murder victim.
He had never been to church. He’d had no interest in politics.
From that day forward, he “committed his life ‘to protecting women and children from the violence of abortion.'”
His commitment was real. It would take years before it became a commitment of faith. As Jones worked to protect the innocent, to protect the vulnerable, he rubbed elbows with people of faith. He worked with Christian organizations and studied political philosophy.
He came to know the truth of Christ, the meaning of freedom.
Jones produced the movie Bella (and other films) and used the proceeds from DVD sales to promote the film’s prolife message in pregnancy resource centers and prisons.
His accomplishments don’t end with films, and they aren’t limited to saving the unborn. His effort begin there, and now reach far and wide.
Medical treatment for girls ISIS has displaced.
Efforts to free Catholic bishops imprisoned in China.
Bringing clean water to refugees in South Sudan.
Providing water, food, medicine, and other aid in Darfur.
Rescuing those left behind in Afghanistan when the US withdrew.
Providing coal and food for Afghans during winter.
Jones is now married and the father of seven children.
You may have said to yourself at one time or another: I’m only one person. What can I do?”
Jason Jones show us that one man’s efforts, with God’s blessing, can go beyond what we could hope or ask.
16 Replies to “What Can One Person Do?”
So much to love, and hate, about this post my friend. I can only imagine the girl’s father saying, “This child is going to ruin your life!” What he was really saying, I think, is; “This child has ruined all the plans I had for you. How could you do this? You must be punished.” Punishment is NOT killing an unborn child. That is hatred of God and all disregard for the sanctity of life. Love, which only comes from God who is the Creator of love, is finding a way to overcome the hurt, pain, and disappointment this life offers and finding a way to use your pain to bless others. Thank you for sharing this post ma’am. God’s blessings.
Thank you, JD. You’re right. There’s so much to hate and love in this story.
I hate what happened to this child.
I love how God redeemed the pain and turned it into ministry.
Thanks and God bless!
One person can make a difference. Yes! Don’t assume someone else will take up the burden. Love as Jesus loves and make a difference.
Amen, Melissa. Thanks and God bless!
The horror of a man killing his own granddaughter via forced abortion is devastating. Small infants have no way to protect themselves. They are made by God in their mothers’ wombs and are in need of protection from those who often do not recognize what they are doing for good or for bad. Lord, open the eyes of those who don’t see this subject clearly. A great post, as usual, Nancy.
May God forgive our nation’s sins. Thank you, Melinda. God bless!
Oh, how heartbreaking for Jason and his girlfriend!!! And for that poor child! Thank God for the passion and courage God put in Jason’s heart, and I applaud him for standing up and heeding that passion and courage. As you say, “Jason Jones show us that one man’s efforts, with God’s blessing, can go beyond what we could hope or ask.” AMEN.
I am also thankful that God put passion and courage in Jason, and that Jason directed his pain into action. Thanks, Jessica. God bless!
I think many of us tend to think that we can’t change the world so we convince ourselves not to try. But, if we all helped one person, we would change their world and who knows what God can do with it. Thanks for Nancy your incredible dedication to helping the unborn. God bless.
My mother used to love the saying that it was better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.
Thanks, Yvonne. God bless!
Thank you for sharing Jason’s story. What a powerful message! You’ve vividly shared what one person can do. We can alkl make a difference. May God bless his ministry.
Amen, Katherine, may God bless him and his richly. Thanks and God bless you too!
Nancy, this is such an inspiring story. Even in the fact that Jason Jones, an atheist for years, was used in such a powerful way for the cause of unborn children, shows how the Lord can use only one person to make a difference.
Amen, Karen. We are God’s instruments–sometimes even before we know Him. Thanks and God bless!
I had not heard this story, and I’m truly inspired. Thank you for sharing it, Nancy. Blessings!
Blessings to you too, Annie. Thanks for reading and commenting!