Shining Armor, Part 2
Jason Whittaker returns to a missions project he set up months before and finds that things have gone terribly wrong.
Back at Manuel's house, Celia and Manuel hear more gunfire and worry about Jason and Luis. Then they hear an explosion...something's on fire! It's their church! They sort through the rubble the next morning when Victor approaches them and tells them what their son did. He offers that they should come to his church instead. Manuel and Celia refuse to believe him, but Santo thinks that Victor is probably right. Manuel arrives at the jail and finds Jason and Luis in their cells. The security guard tells them that they are free to go because Victor isn't pressing charges. Jason begins to tell Manuel his plans for fighting this, but Manuel isn't impressed. He says that Jason's place should be praying and helping to rebuild the church. Jason reluctantly agrees.
Back at the church site, Luis makes a surprising discovery...a box of dynamite was left near the church. Jason is outraged because he's sure that Victor did it. He talks of fighting back. Santo sees Jason's attitude and tells him that he's no longer interested in Jason's church. Discouraged by all this, Jason packs up. Celia tells him that he shouldn't leave. His problem was that people were worshiping Jason when they should have been worshiping God. Jason is humbled and shows up to help re-build the church. Suddenly, they hear another explosion in the distance. It was Victor's radio station...and Luis and the dynamite are nowhere to be found! Jason, Manuel, and Celia run to the station only to find Luis unconscious in the rubble. They take him to a hospital. Once there, Jason tells Luis that what he did was wrong. Luis says he was only trying to do what he thought Jason would do. Jason says he was a bad hero. After a makeshift church is built, Jason heads off to other missions.
Weeks later, Jason is working in Costa Rica. A station there is having the same sorts of problems that his other mission was having. In the midst of what seems to be another crisis, he gets a letter from Manuel. Manuel tells him that the rebels attacked again and destroyed many homes. Many of Victor's congregation looked to him for help, but he says that they didn't have enough faith. Manuel and Celia are able to reach out to these people in Christian love. They help them rebuild. Victor, discouraged, leaves the country with his money. Manuel thanks Jason for his help. Jason sighs and says, "Manuel...it had nothing to do with me."
- Why was Santo angry at Jason when he came to the jail?
- Do you think he was justified in being angry?
- Jason said that Luis had picked a bad hero in Jason. Why was Jason a bad hero?
- Who do you think should have been Luis's hero?
- What did Jason mean at the end of the show when he said that the rebuilding of the church had "nothing to do with me"?
|Jason Whittaker||Townsend Coleman|
VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The broadcast version and original CD release of this episode include a “Fun Fact” about AIO “missionary” episodes. These episodes include #91: “A Mission for Jimmy”, #452: “Missionary: Impossible” and #69: “Go Ye Therefore”.
- This episode was originally named "Jason Overseas."
- This episode takes place away from Odyssey: Episodes That Take Place Away from Odyssey
Jason Whittaker: Did you tell them where I was?
Manuel: Yes, and no explanation would be enough. You are the founder of our church. Your place was on your knees praying with the rest of us. Not in here filling my son's head with ideas of revenge. Our church has been destroyed. I fear our trust in you may have been destroyed as well.
Jason Whittaker: Why has everybody turned on me?
Celia: You forgot what made us love you in the first place.
Jason Whittaker: Which was?
Celia: You taught us about Jesus. You gave us hope. You showed us how to be servants to others. You never once mentioned anything about revenge.
Jason Whittaker: But Celia.
Celia: Let me finish. When you came this time, you didn't talk much about God. You talked a lot about how you were going to save us. I believe you were relying on yourself more than on the God who brought you here to begin with. And in fact, I think we all did. We worshiped you more than God, Jason. And you failed. So where were we to turn to?
Jason Whittaker: Ah, Luis. You've picked a terrible hero. All this time I was so busy acting like I could save the day. I was never once open to the possibility that God should be the one to save it. This is all my fault. I am so, so sorry.