Jason Jones oozed confidence and intelligence as he stood in front a group of dignitaries and residents to not only offer special prayer, but to also represent his rural community of Lluidas Vale, St Catherine.
The 25-year-old youth minister, who recently completed an associate degree at the Windward Islands School of Evangelism in Barbados, did the opening prayer at the historic opening of the new Shady Grove Police Station in Lluidas Vale on 9 August 2019.
His performance placed him on the receiving end of commendations from other speakers.
Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang, Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson, and Member of Parliament Robert Pickersgill were among high-profile persons in attendance. Many visitors were in earshot.
Jones, who worships at Dunfer Church of Christ in Lluidas Vale, said he is grateful to have received the opportunity to represent his community on such a historic occasion.
“The opportunity is a very wonderful one. I got a chance to write history – to be a part of something great,” he declared.
“My community is a very beautiful one – as you can see. Lluidas Vale is a place where persons can come and retire and live in peace.”
Jones further stated that he grew up in the church, but has been a dedicated Christian for the past three years.
He intends to further his studies in Theology.
“In order for man to find his true ability, he has to first go back to his creator. So, for that reason, I was seeking clarity in regards to the scriptures,” he said when asked about the genesis of his fascination with Christianity.
Jones, before studying Theology in Barbados, attended Lluidas Vale Primary School, McGrath High in Linstead, and the state-owned HEART training institute in Lluidas Vale where he studied hospitality.
He is a certified houseman in the hotel industry and a tour guide.
Banking on his knowledge of the industry, Jones recently started his online business – Caribbean Connection Worldwide, which caters to persons who can’t afford a luxurious hotel.
“I would be like a booking agent for the smaller hotels,” he said while explaining his business.
Jones, who is also a singer and songwriter, implores young people especially in and around Lluidas Vale to have a positive mindset.
“Believe in yourselves and don’t let your circumstances determine your destiny,” he further advised. “Become a product of your circumstances by using your past to determine your future. If you change your mindset, you can change the outcome of your destiny.”
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