It was an inspiring and entertaining experience when American Family Radio personality, JJ Jasper, was Montgomery County Right to Life’s featured speaker for the 11th Annual Dinner for Life held at Living Branch Church.
JJ revealed his passion for life as he spoke of losing his and his wife’s oldest son, Cooper, in a tragic accident. Several years later JJ and Melanie were surprised to learn that though they thought their family was complete, they had twins on the way! However, JJ shared honestly how his joy turned to disappointment upon learning that his second son, Bode, had Down Syndrome.
The crowd of around 450 attending the dinner responded with laughter and empathy as JJ drew them into his family’s personal journey through that grief back into the joy of realizing the precious gift that Bode is to his family and to the world.
JJ states now, “… as I gaze into the angelic face of my sweet son, Bode, I am one hundred percent convinced that God made him perfect for his purpose here on earth.”
JJ’s message brought real hope to anyone experiencing difficult trials.
JJ also noted during his talk that he has never experienced a Pro-Life ministry with the comprehensive approach to grassroots change that MCRTL accomplishes. JJ declared his commitment to MCRTL’s efforts by generously donating half of his book proceeds at the Dinner for Life to MCRTL and gave his DVD, “Flame On”, to every family attending the banquet. JJ also brought with him a check directly from American Family Radio to contribute to MCRTL’s work.
Teresa Strack, Director of MCRTL, shared data from recent AP and Center for Disease Control reports showing steep declines in the number of abortions. The Millennial Generation is turning away from abortion and back towards Life! Teresa shared that MCRTL is seizing the day – pushing forward with ongoing efforts and launching important new ones.
- In January the Pro-Life billboard was launched. There are currently 2 locations with more to come.
- MCRTL’s Pro-Life scholarship program is expanding to the Lone Star College – Tomball campus. Abigail Bumsted has been named as one of MCRTL’s Dr. Joseph Graham Pro-Life Scholarship recipients for the 2017-18 school term. Abigail will be able to bring a strong message of Life to the LSC – Tomball campus and launch a Pro-Life club. MCRTL will again have 3 Pro-Life scholars at the LSC – Montgomery campus.
- Alexis Bonin was introduced to the banquet crowd as Coordinator of MCRTL’s Young Adult Outreach. YAO is a new effort focused specifically on Millennials. YAO will harness these young adults’ energy for prayer and Pro-Life service projects. Also, the effort will provide opportunities to equip participants with training in communicating the value of Life and in assuming leadership in the Pro-Life movement. Great things are ahead!
The Dinner for Life also featured two of MCRTL’s student contest winners. Matthew Cole delivered his winning Oratory Contest speech. Jeremy Heckt and his family were present as the Dinner for Life audience viewed his winning Video Contest entry, Eyes Wide Open, which you can view here.
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