When Jevon heard about the VisuALS project, it was an answer to prayer. While Jevon felt called to be an accountant, he struggled with how he could use accounting to love God and love his neighbor, beyond just making good money and being generous with his giving. A group of engineering students had done wonders developing software to help ALS patients, but they needed help with the business plan. Jevon and a marketing student jumped in to round out the team.
In January, Jevon and the rest of the team met Carl Phelps who had lost his voice to ALS. Through that interaction, VisuALS became more than just a school project. Jevon shared, “Getting to know Carl and Janice, and giving Carl a voice, showed a world beyond his disease – who he was and continues to be. Carl was able to share with us that he still wants to be a disciple of Christ and he shared his favorite verse, Hebrews 12:1.”
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us”
Jevon has been personally impacted by this encounter and has also adopted Hebrews 12:1 as his own mission. “What do I want those witnesses to see in my own life? I need to run with perseverance the goal set before me. It’s easy for me to say, ‘I don’t know how’ or ‘I can’t’ but I need to throw off those hindrances, get out of my comfort zone, and do what needs to be done.”
That’s the mindset of an entrepreneur, and doing it all for the glory of God as a Christian entrepreneur. Jevon will be an accounting senior at OC this year, but he’s also stepped up to not only be the finance and accounting lead, but also to serve as Chief Operating Officer for VisuALS Technology Solutions, LLC. Through VisuALS, he hopes to help thousands of more Carl’s.