Current Story: The Highlife
How God's redemption of two men is feeding thousands
By Deborah Flook
What do two formerly drug and alcohol addicted Ohio residents have in common with Jesus? Well, some among us might judge them by saying their former ways were foolish but 1 Cor 1:27 (KJV) says “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise…” Jesus fed the least, last and lost with both food and love. So do these men.
How has this unlikely team survived and truly thrived over the years? First they punch, pray and then grill to make it all happen (more on this later).
Common sense would say it’s not right to put two guys with a limited church background and criminal records in a church youth ministry program. What kind of spiritual influence would they have on impressionable middle and high school students? But that is where God placed Jason Barton aka “bald Jason” and Jason Johnston aka “big Jason” to do community service shortly after becoming sober. In God’s perfect way, JB and JJ flourished. And so began an unexpected partnership that everyone said would fail, but Jason Barton had a vision and no one could stop the determination that God’s words had created in him.
“Go and feed people” were the words The Holy Spirit continued to whisper. So many times that Jason had written it in black Sharpie on his apartment wall hoping to get it out of his head. For a month he diligently walked the streets of Miamisburg, Ohio, praying to find a place to “feed the people.”