Pastor lives in tent and fasts for 25 days to help others

By: Maddie Garrett Email
By: Maddie Garrett Email

VAN ALSTYNE, TX – The holidays are a time for giving, but one pastor in Van Alstyne is taking that philosophy to a whole new level. He’s braving the cold temperatures and going without this year so that others might have more this Christmas.

"His faith is a lot, so strong, more than I can even imagine, so I know he can do it," said Amy Foster, a member of the King’s Trail Cowboy Church in Van Alstyne.

Jason Norton's faith was put to the test on the cold, blistery Wednesday morning when he woke up in a tent covered with snow.

"I was thinking here it is we're going to see how serious you are, the first day it rains the second day it snows,” said Jason Norton, Pastor of the Cowboy Church.

He's taking a different approach to helping families in need this Christmas season.

"If this can inspire people to do more, then what is it to miss a meal if some little kid gets a present, and the mom and dad don't have to worry about the bills for at least a little bit and gets a little bit of relief," said Norton.

Jason will spend 25 days in a small tent. No food - just water and a cup of coffee, good company and his faith to keep him going.

"Does it worry me? Yeah it worries me, probably worries my wife more, but it's a good thing and I’m going to take it one day at a time," said Norton.

Over the next 23 days they hope to fill an 18-wheeler trailer with food, toys and clothing donations to help families in need have a happy Christmas.

Anyone can stop by at the corner of FM 121 and Highway 5 to drop off any number items at their camp.

"Just part of a Christian spirit. I drove by and I was going in to get my hair cut and I thought you know, these people are doing wonderful things I can run by the grocery store and drop stuff off,” said Cathy Atkins of Van Alstyne.

Jason is passionate about helping others this winter and feels it was his calling to go without so that others might have a little more this Christmas.

"I mean everybody that's lived longer than 30 minutes knows that there's hard times out there and I thought it would be a good way that one, God would get all the glory, and two you see somebody do that and they're like - one what's wrong with him or two if he's going to do that I can at least go get some can goods and throw it up in the truck," said Norton.

A small tent will be his home for the next 23 days at the corner of FM 121 and Highway 5 in Van Alstyne, where you can stop by anytime to drop off non-perishable foods and new clothes and toys.


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  • by Fozzy Location: Ardmore on Dec 24, 2009 at 09:33 PM
    Well, Opcon.. God and or a personal relationship is never a problem, Organized "Revealed" Religion is the problem and has been since man invented it.
  • by John Location: Sherman on Dec 24, 2009 at 07:56 PM
    Anonymous I am like fozzy, if you can't post your name then you do not need to be posting at all on here, or are you ashamed of what someone what say about you
  • by Opcon Location: Oklahoma on Dec 24, 2009 at 02:16 PM
    Fozzy, you are a twisted individual and Someday God will have you before him and you will be judged for what you are saying. You poor sick minded person. May God have mercy on you.
  • by Fozzy Location: Ardmore on Dec 24, 2009 at 01:17 PM
    Well "Anonymous", unlike the cowards here who always post as "Anonymous". I post as Fozzy and have at all times on this board. I don't need to post as anyone else because I'm not afraid of posting my opinions or discussing them. I posted here as Santa Claus once because it was funny.. but they never posted it.
  • by Santa Ana Clause Location: Hiding behind computer on Dec 24, 2009 at 07:32 AM
    Feliz Navidad
  • by Anonymnous Location: Sherman on Dec 23, 2009 at 09:44 PM
    Has anyone else figured out that Fozzy and the one who is posting as Judge Roy Bean now are probably the same person? The one who used to post as Judge Roy Bean jasn't posted anything for a long time and probably made Fozzy made or something so Fozzy started playing his childish little games like he has with others. I agree with one of the last posters, this board is a joke.
  • by Judge Roy Bean Location: Southern OK on Dec 23, 2009 at 10:24 AM
    Hey Judge, get your own unique name. That way you don't have to make statements like 'NOT to be confused with "Judge Roy Bean"'. It just irks you to no end that Fozzy has a different way of thinking than you. While I don't agree with Fozzy on most of his points I'm not going to decide that my belief system is superior than his and call him out on it at every turn. It seems that you are the one who is obsessed with this forum if you let the comments of someone like Fozzy get under your skin in such a manner. Maybe you need to take a couple more months.
  • by Zyklon B Location: The Voice on Dec 23, 2009 at 08:11 AM
    I'd like to stop by his tent and leave a thick, juicy steak with a loaded baked potato and corn on the cob in the doorway.
  • by Fozzy Location: Ardmore on Dec 21, 2009 at 08:38 AM
    riiiiight.. I'm desperate for attention. I'm not the dummy out starving (or pretending to) to gain attention now am I? I'm not the one demanding other recognize my god or gods and listen to their version of whatever. I view all religions as the same and equally dangerous to humanity because it is a historical fact that religion is the worst weapon EVER created in the history of mankind. Those fellows who flew the planes into the towers listened to God. The whole history of the revealed religions are full of these men who listen to god and do evil. wake up stupid! you cannot separate the good and bad, these revealed religion's god is either both or everything.. AND it is the same god!!!
  • by Judge on Dec 21, 2009 at 06:17 AM
    NOT to be confused with "Judge Roy Bean". I have not posted in months because this is the worst forum (not bashing KXII, just a handful of the posters) on the web. We have folks on here like Fozzy that are so alone and desperate for attention that they will resort to absurd, over the top views for no other reason. They are trying to fill a void created by their lack of a relationship with God. Of course they cannot see that, much less admit it. Pastor Jason is serving God's will. Fozzy's first comment in this thread shows his lack of knowledge of the Bible. If you claim this is against God's will you have absolutely no knowledge of the Bible. God bless Jason's cause. God bless Fozzy and others like him. At the very least this has Fozzy thinking and speaking of God and is one more opportunity for his heart to soften and I pray he listens to the call of God. Fozzy your void can be filled. Don't ignore the tug you are feeling.
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