Jason grew up as a member of Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, a Missouri Synod congregation in St. Cloud. He and Julie married in 1994 and joined Our Father’s Lutheran Church in Rockford.
We moved to Buffalo about 16 years ago and shortly after started looking for a new church home. The music, fellowship, and children’s ministries drew us to Zion.
They now have three children, Parker (16), Quincy (14) and Ella (11). Jason enjoys assisting with communion, greeting, and ushering, and has served on the Stewardship and Finance committees. He and Julie led Parker’s confirmation small group together.
In March 2010, Jason joined eleven other team members from Buffalo Covenant Church and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buffalo to build a house in Acuna, Mexico with Casas por Cristo (Houses in the Name of Christ).
Casas por Cristo provided a volunteer job site supervisor, and each mission team member funded their own travel expenses (about $600) and helped raise funds to buy the supplies to build the house (cement, wood, wiring, roofing, etc., around $6,000).
The recipient family was chosen by a board of Mexican pastors, after proving ownership of the land and having water available to the property; then they worked alongside the mission team.
Arturo, the husband, couldn’t speak English, but certainly was a hard worker and very proud of the new home he would soon receive. So much so, that he slept on the job site each night during construction to keep an eye on it.
In a little over three days, the team built an 11’ x 22’ two-room home, painted it, and covered the cost of running electricity to the home.
Before heading for home, we held a dedication and presented Arturo and his family with the keys and a Bible. Following the dedication, Arturo’s 2 year-old daughter Marturo took her own pack of gum and gave one piece to each member of the mission team. I’m sure this was her way of saying thanks.
Jason says individual mission trips are a great way to share the gifts God has given each of us, as in this case, putting his construction knowledge to use.
This mission was a great experience, exhausting and humbling, but left a fantastic feeling of accomplishment knowing how much we were able to help out this family. The gratitude from the family receiving the new home was greater than any monetary compensation [could be]. Mission projects such as this are also very humbling and a good reminder to be thankful for what we have. Giving is good for the giver!