Oklahoma Jail & Prison Ministries
Spring Luncheon 2016
Thank You for all that were able to attend
Here are some great memories we have:
Open hearts, open doors, bright shining light
“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (New International Version 1984, Matthew 5:16).
The light was bright at our 2017 OJPM spring banquet. Truly, the glory of the Lord shone bright in the testimonies given about Joe Williams and Anthony Jordan and by Iris Horne. The room was also bright with the glorious spring sunshine coming through the floor to ceiling windows of the Petroleum Club on the 34th floor of the Cotter Ranch Tower in downtown Oklahoma City.
It was a gorgeous view to behold. From the windows or even close to the windows you could see to the north, west and south for miles across greater Oklahoma City.
Around the tables you could see OJPM volunteers and chaplains, supporting churches, friends of OJPM, staff from the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and local officials like Oklahoma County Acting Sheriff P. D. Taylor, Oklahoma State Representative Anastasia Pittman and Oklahoma City Councilman John Pettis.
There are times I can flip flop between what I understand as God’s admonition in Matthew 6:5 to not showboat when Jesus says, “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men” and His challenge in Matthew 5:16 to “let our light shine before men.” God reminds me that it is the attitude in these actions that is important to Him. I believe the attitude held by all at our spring luncheon was one of thankfulness, excitement and determination.
There is much to be thankful for as the Lord has strengthened our financial condition. We have moved from planning to cut staff and services in October of 2015 to having money now to expand into other county jails and add chaplain positions. In addition, Sheriff Taylor, with Don Duncan returning, has reestablished the Oklahoma County sheriff’s chaplain position.
There is much to be excited about as God answered many prayers and I was able to announce at the spring luncheon that we were at $51,000 in donations toward the Open Hearts, Open Doors JASCO Giving Hope Foundation Matching Fund Campaign goal of $100,000.
Since this campaign started on March 1st, it is amazing how the hand of God has touched donor hearts to open financially so that more physical doors of opportunity can be opened so that in turn more inmate hearts can be opened spiritually to the transforming power of the gospel.
There is a new determination in our focus as we move forward with the
opportunity God has placed before us. Two items come to mind as I think about how we move forward.
First, small gifts are just as important as large gifts. Ten individuals giving $25 a month is as impactful as one individual giving $250 a month. Both are needed. More people giving brings more prayer support, more word of mouth telling of the OJPM story, a greater pool to draw volunteer chaplains from and more churches that can endorse our ministry. Second, decisions on where to spend money can be just as challenging as decisions where not to spend money.
Your light is shining. Praise our Father in heaven!
Unleashing the captives,
Hi my name is Adrianne and this is my testimony. When I was two years old, my parents got a divorce. I have a brother named Chris who is six years older than me. We would have to go to my dad’s house every other weekend which I didn’t like, being a mama’s girl. I thought by throwing a fit, I would get what I wanted. In sixth grade I was either suspended or had in school suspension. By seventh grade I was so disobedient towards my mom, not only did I get on probation, I ran away and stole my mom’s car. She reached the point where she could no longer handle me so she sent me to my dad’s to live. I ended up getting suspended one more time, so my dad took me to a girls’ home in Hutchinson, Kansas. I was 13 and felt alone. I got into my first fight, because someone told on me for smoking cigarettes. The counselors believed I had been sexually molested. For so long I’ve kept it buried. I felt if I had brought it out into the open it would cause more damage than good (plus it had been when I was around six years old). After that, I was suspended again and ended up on my way to another girls’ home in Tulsa. On my way there I happened to see a knife; I grabbed it and decided to cut myself. I hated myself. Girls always made fun of me. By the time of sixth grade I was still cutting myself and showed no emotion. After getting kicked out, I ended up in a psych ward. That didn’t last long either. Finally, I was able to move back in with my mom. Later, I met my new best friend and her sister. They asked me if I wanted to be skinny. I did, so they introduced me to meth. I had no idea at the time how much my life would fall apart. When I found out I was pregnant, I stopped doing drugs and partying. Sadly, when I went to the doctor, I discovered that my baby had died. I ended up delivering a dead fetus, which was devastating. I fell into a depression. I started partying harder until a blessing came. I gave birth to my daughter in March of 2007. Shortly thereafter, I met my first love. He played games and hurt me. We had an off and on relationship for about a year and a half, until I got pregnant. I had our son in November of 2009. My son’s dad was on his way to prison. I was afraid to be a single mom. Being alone led me back into doing drugs. That’s when I met my youngest son’s father. I gave birth to my third child in April of 2011. He treated me bad and left me with nothing. However, I kept taking him back. I ended up moving and got a job when my youngest was six months old. I thought everything was going smoothly, then with one wrong decision I lost it all. I let this guy babysit and without my permission he took my youngest on a drug run. He got pulled over, arrested and I lost my kids to DHS in July of 2012. I had completely lost everything that had meaning to my life. My job, my house, my car and the worst of all my babies. In November of 2012, I got arrested with my first felony. Released a month later, I assumed it was a good idea to stay at someone’s house who called themselves my friend. This good friend told me if I wanted to get high I’d have to shoot up, so I did. As my life continued falling out of control, I began to do escorting (prostitution) in March of 2014. I assumed my life was going good. Then I caught my second felony in November of 2014. I got out and started stealing checks from innocent people. Last year, I began generating numbers on my phone to people’s credit card numbers. I was living life to its fullest. Staying in executive and presidential suites in Mexico. I got away with so much. I thought I was invisible. Then in September of 2016, without realizing it my life took a turn for the best. This time being in jail, I started doing things different. I visited the chaplain in jail. I am so thankful for Mrs. Keitha. I became a new person. I became a born again Christian on February 9, 2016. Chaplain Re Berry has also helped me out. In October of 2016, I made trustee and have held my position going on six months. My favorite verse that has helped me is Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God.” Philippians 4:13 “I can do everything through Christ. He gives me strength.” Not only have I become a changed, sober and happy person but I have realized my faults and mistakes. I’m ready to accept the things I cannot change and make a difference with a whole new attitude. Now I see things from a blessed mind. Finally, I am following in the Lord’s ways and I am being thankful. The Lord has shown me that patience is a virtue. The best part is I haven’t seen my kids in four years. About a month ago, my mom asked my Aunt Dee if I could see them, since she had adopted them. She finally said yes, if I keep a job and stay sober. That is God working miracles in my life. I thank everyone that has been here to support me and to those who chose not to give up on me. Lord, thank you for each day, it’s truly a blessing. I pray to the Father that He finds me ready for a program.
“I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut” (New International Version 1984, Revelation 3:8).
Same title. Same Scripture. Different article.
The Open Hearts, Open Doors JASCO Giving Hope Foundation Matching Fund Campaign is off and running and prayers are being answered each week.
The campaign kicked off in last month’s newsletter and it was exciting to see our new Open Hearts, Open Doors return envelopes coming into the post office box. Some contained regular monthly contributions, some contained regular contributions with a little extra included and some were first time gifts.
Remember, as the Lord blesses us with new donations to expand our ministry, He is still blessing the existing donations that form the foundation of our ministry. Every OJPM donation is significant to funding our existing ministry and moving us forward to step through the Open Doors that God is providing.
With our new funding a new position has been added already with Chaplain Gina Jansen assuming the role of administrative assistant in the ladies office of the sixth floor of the Oklahoma County jail. There has been a great need for administrative help on the ladies’ side since the jail eliminated Rosetta Clifton’s position last spring.
Chaplain Jansen will continue to minister at the Oklahoma County Juvenile Detention Center, but will let go of her ministry at the Cleveland County jail. Board President Bill Farley also serves as the site chaplain for Cleveland County. Chaplains Farley and Jansen have enlisted and trained several ladies that will be able to fill the gap in this transition.
As for other Open Doors, be in prayer as we are talking with three counties about beginning OJPM ministry. There is also the possibility of OJPM providing training at a statewide law enforcement conference that could put our ministry in front of numerous sheriffs and jail administrators.
The second leg of our campaign kickoff was our volunteer chaplain spring training on March 25th. It was a treat to share with our OJPM family the details of our campaign. Most were already aware of the basics ($100,000 matching gift for new donations or new donors) and we rejoiced together at the Open Hearts and Open Doors that God is blessing us with.
Unofficially, we are up to $35,000 in gifts and pledges toward the $100,000 matching gift. Next month we will start publishing a graph in the newsletter that will visually show how the Lord is working through your Open Hearts each month to reach our goal.
The third leg of our campaign kickoff is our spring luncheon on Thursday, May 4th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Petroleum Club, 100 N. Broadway, Oklahoma City. My prayer is we will be able to announce that we are halfway ($50,000) to our goal of $100,000 of new donations from existing supporters and donations from new supporters.
Linda Williams and her family will receive our Sower Award for her late husband, Joe. Joe was one of the founders of OJPM and served in many capacities. When one thinks of OJPM and the impact it has in taking the gospel to inmates, Joe Williams is who comes to mind.
Dr. Anthony Jordan, executive director/treasurer, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO), will receive our Spirit Award. Dr. Jordan has overseen the transformation of the BGCO Conference Centers of Falls Creek, which hosts the largest youth camp in the world. Through the BGCO’s Cooperative Program, Dr. Jordan is a generous supporter of OJPM.
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Remember, Open Hearts of generosity lead to Open Doors of opportunity which then lead to Open Hearts of transformation.
Unleashing the captives,
Linda Williams and her family will receive our Sower Award for her late husband, Joe Williams. Joe was one of the founders of OJPM and served as volunteer chaplain, board member, president of the board and interim executive chaplain. When one thinks of OJPM and the impact it has in taking the gospel to inmates, Joe Williams is who comes to mind.
Dr. Anthony Jordan, executive director/treasurer, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO), will receive our Spirit Award. After pastoring local churches for 28 years, Dr. Jordan has led the BGCO since 1996. With his heart for evangelism, Dr. Jordan has overseen the transformation of the BGCO Conference Centers of Falls Creek, which hosts the largest youth camp in the world. Through the BGCO’s Cooperative Program, Dr. Jordan is a generous supporter of OJPM.
Bill Farley, OJPM Board President, Linda Williams, Dr. Anthony Jordan, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, Senator Anastasia Pittman and Tim Gentry, OJPM Executive Chaplain.
Major Jenison, Saint Paul Baptist Church—Spencer, OK, Lee Benson, OJPM Board Member, Senator Anastasia Pittman and Dr. Anthony Jordan, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma
Interim Sheriff P. D. Taylor
Senator Anastasia Pittman, Linda Williams
Heartfelt acceptance from Linda
Williams, wife of the late Joe Williams