Pastor's 25 day fast almost over, donations given to families

By: Maddie Garrett Email
By: Maddie Garrett Email

VAN ALSTYNE, TX - He's gone without food for a month hoping to bring attention to the real reason for the holiday season. As his 25 day fast and camp-out is almost to an end, he’s lost about 30 pounds and toughed out some chilly nights. But despite all that, he’s gained something much more.

Jason Norton says his project goes beyond the food, clothing and toy drive.

"At first it started out that way and how naive of me to think that, but the Lord had bigger plans,” said Norton.

The Pastor of King's Trail Cowboy Church in Van Alstyne soon found out his month long camp-out was doing more for people than just providing basics for the holidays.

"Some people that wouldn't even go up to church, walking up to the campsite needing prayer and we just pray for them and get to talking to them and leading them to the Lord in prayer," said Norton.

While Jason goes without this Christmas, the community provided donations and the Lord provided his strength.

"It's all Him and without Him we can do nothing and the Bible says that and I really, really believe that now. So what kept me strong was the lord, every time.... It's very humbling to see him work," said Norton with tears in his eyes.

And thanks to the support of the community and Norton’s efforts, Christmas will be a little brighter for over 200 local families.

"I feel blessed that I got to be a part of their church ministry and it took a lot of anxiety and worry off of me because they've helped us so much," said Sherry Asaro, who received some of the donated items today.

For people like Asaro, this year would have been much harder without the Cowboy Church's help.

"It's a very tough one and we just, you know we try to do the best we can... And I've got two big boys and they have ideas of course about what they'd like to get, but it's just going to make a big difference in our lives. I'm looking forward to cooking now, I've got groceries to cook with," said Asaro.

And while Jason’s heart is filled with joy to be able to others, he says the real credit goes to one man.

"No matter what's said, what's done or what happens, I can't help and I don't feel obligated, I feel privileged to say this, and that is may God get every single ounce of the glory, not no man, not no church, not no town, no nothing, may God get all the glory,” said Norton.

He’ll finish out his 25 day project of fasting and living in a tent and he'll be at the corner of Highway 5 and 121 until midnight December 26th. He says anyone is welcome to stop by, but if you'd still like to donate then he asks you please give to local food banks.

And as for his first meal when the fast is over? He says chili with Fritos is his first pick.


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  • by Millie Location: Sherman on Jan 20, 2010 at 09:34 AM
    Pastor Norton You are a true man of god. May he blessed you and your family.This story really inspired me.To God be the glory.Amen
  • by Bill Location: Southmayd on Jan 10, 2010 at 10:32 AM
    Fozzy is an Athiest.When you see his name just skip it,i doubt very seriously he has read the Bible. Do not Pray for him he IS the enemy,he is a lonely old man.Give all the praise to God,because there are devils walking the earth, and "He" is what it sounds like.Praise Jason Norton but give the glory to God.
  • by MA on Jan 7, 2010 at 11:20 AM
    Now that's the way to get that "lose weight" resolution under way. Maybe I should do the same thing, so that I can get my name in the paper and drop 30 pounds and oh yeah, help out some folks too. There's no praying like praying on that street corner (literally!)
  • by Cherie Location: VA on Dec 29, 2009 at 01:00 PM
    Praise God for seeing Pastor Jason through this Project. Many were helped physically, and others spiritually! Everyone I have talked to, who dropped by the campsite, was blessed in one way or the other. On top of all that, on Monday Pastor Jason had a physical to be cleared to go back to work. He is as healthy, if not healthier, as he was before going without food 25 days. That's God at work!
  • by Fozzy Location: Ardmore on Dec 28, 2009 at 09:36 AM
    **I DO BELIEVE AMERICA WAS FOUNDED ON CHRISTIAN IDEAS; YOU KNOW FOUNDING FATHERS YADA YADA...** The problem with this is that it is historically inaccurate to even pretend that its true. The original people who came here from Europe were indeed christians. They were escaping the church state (theocracy) of England. They also tended to be rather brutal and vicious to people who did not by into their brand of religon (burnings, torture ect) That happened a looong time before the founding fathers (who were mostly Deists and hated the idea of a Christian theocracy) and set the government so that it would be completely free of religious trappings that other countries were suffering with. The founding fathers set the government to avoid have citizens dictated too by ANY clergy or theology. This country was designed to be one click above anarchy.
  • by QUEEN BEE Location: SHERMAN on Dec 28, 2009 at 07:30 AM
    HMM WELL ONCE AGAIN THE FASTING WAS NOT NECESSARY, ALTHOUGH RALPH IS RIGHT, THE FASTING DID NOT CAUSE HARM TO ANYONE ELSE, JUST HIMSELF. ONE THING THAT REALLY IRKS ME IS THE REFUSAL TO TAKE ANY CREDIT. IM SORRY, BUT HE IS THE ONE WHO RAISED ALL OF THE DONATIONS. WHILE I HAVE MY OWN SET OF BELIEFS, I VERY MUCH BELIEVE IN FREE WILL. SOMEONE DID NOT "DO THIS THROUGH YOU", IT WAS YOUR OWN MORALS AND GOOD INTENT THAT ENCOURAGED YOU TO HELP OTHERS. SO BASICALLY: GOOD JOB TO THE PASTOR, BUT TAKE SOME CREDIT FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. ALSO, FOZZY: ALTHOUGH I THINK WE SHARE MANY VIEWS AS FAR AS THEOLOGICAL THOUGHTS, I DO BELIEVE AMERICA WAS FOUNDED ON CHRISTIAN IDEAS; YOU KNOW FOUNDING FATHERS YADA YADA... WHICH IM OKAY WITH, AS I'M NOT ONE WHO ENJOYS SOCIALISM. JUST A THOUGHT...
  • by Fozzy Location: Ardmore on Dec 28, 2009 at 05:03 AM
    Ive read the B-I-B-L-E. It's pure nonsense. I rate it the same with any other of these revealed religions and judge the whole thing on what the followers of these revealed religions have done to their fellow humans. Have you read any H-I-S-T-O-R-Y? I reject the bible as anything significant or that has change the world for GOOD. Everywhere the bible and christians (and all the other revealed religions) have gone, there have been violence and death. Religion never equals peace and never has. This preachers little act was nothing more than another medicine show for the hayseeds.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 27, 2009 at 07:57 PM
    Fozzy,,,,,,ugh read Romans in, you know, the B-I-B-L-E... that's Bible. You are freak. What this man did was wonderful and magnificiant. And for others, look at it like Survivor, the TV series. Only this was for a TRUE purpose!!!!! If you all THINK about it, it's a great Christmas!
  • by terri Location: ector on Dec 27, 2009 at 06:44 AM
    Praise God! for people who obey Him, & keeping CHRIST in CHRISTmas this is what its all about too many are focused on what to give or what they will get and there sits Our Lord & Savior who usually gets left out or just a min.of our time and without Him there would be no reason for the season! So Thank You Pastor for obeying
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Dec 27, 2009 at 04:11 AM
    What about his hat? The Cowboy-fashion police will slap him down for wearing a silly hat like that!
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