“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.