Jason Lovins’ life story keeps people on the edges of their seats as he confides that he was conceived in the rape of a 15-year-old girl as she walked home from the pool.
And how that young Christian gave him life rather than have an abortion.
Lovins tours the country singing with his band and telling people about forgiveness, redemption and the depth of God’s love from a perspective that is both heartwrenching and heartwarming.
With his Jason Lovins Band, he will share his story at “Hope for the Mountains,” a one-day crusade Nov. 11 sponsored by the Kentucky Baptist Convention at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville.
Todd Gray, who leads the Kentucky convention’s evangelism team, said Lovins’ riveting testimony, coupled with his musical talents and his ties to the Appalachian region, made him a natural choice for the crusade. Lovins will be followed on stage by evangelist Jon Reed, the crusade preacher. The crusade begins at 6:30 and admission is free.
The Jason Lovins Band, based in Appalachia with its rich history of country and southern gospel music, has blended praise and worship music with the old hymns of the church for a unique sound that has gained national attention.
Things typically get quiet when Lovins tells of being born into a Christian family where abortion was not an option, no matter what the circumstances. When it became evident that his mother, Lisa, was pregnant, the first thing his grandmother and mother did was go to church to pray about it. The answer was clear that this baby was to have life and to live it in glory to the Lord.
Being raised by his mother and grandparents, his very first memory is attending his mother’s high school graduation when he was 3 years old. And what did the family tell him about his father? They made it clear that even though he didn’t have an earthly father, Jason had a heavenly Father who loved him more than he could even know. He grew up secure in a loving family as well as the family he had at church.
Life wasn’t simple for Lovins, who was sometimes uncomfortable explaining his situation.
“When I was young, I would lie about it and make up a story to explain where my dad was,” he said. “It wasn’t that I was embarrassed, as I accepted the actuality of my story at a very young age…. I felt like a normal kid. The fact is that I didn’t want anyone feeling sorry for me, so I’d make something up.”
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Source: Baptist Press