My observation over the past three months has prompted me to praise our wonderful sovereign Lord for all He is doing through OJPM. This ministry is experiencing growth, including the addition of Harbor House Juvenile Detention Center in Norman, as the result of the initiative of Associate Chaplain Daniel Lowery. There are also other county detention centers that have an interest in OJPM.
Bill Farley, our Director of External Relations, has now moved into our new office area. In his role as Director of External Relations, Bill is involved in acquiring funds and developing relationships with potential funders that give to OJPM.
We are so blessed to be in our new office suite at 2629 West I-44 Service Road, suite 204. You are welcome to stop by for a visit and observe all that is involved in the support side of the ministry. Directions to the office are simple: Exit west I-44 at May Avenue, go north one block to NW 40th Street (east) and go two blocks, past two motels, and you will come to the two story office building.
The Board of Directors will meet on March 24th and among other items will be developing the profile for the next Executive Chaplain. During this transition period the board has been meeting monthly, just as we did following Argyl Dick’s retirement.
Coming up on the calendar is the very important training for all OJPM volunteers on March 15th. Included in the training is something that has not been offered in previous training sessions. We will have a segment relative to mental health, as it relates to the incarcerated, presented by Dr. Marry Looman, a Christian psychologist, from Lexington Assessment and Reception Center with over 20 years working in correctional settings. For several reasons, it is imperative that all volunteers and Satellite Associate Chaplains attend this training event.
The total number of volunteers in Oklahoma County Detention Center and Satellites is down and we need to recruit additional chaplains who have a heart for making a difference in the lives of the incarcerated.
In Mark 1:16-20 is the record of Jesus calling His first disciples, who were professional fishermen, to follow Him. Jesus said, “follow me and I will make you to become fishers of men.” This is our calling, to be fishers of those who are in the rough seas of life. Jails and prisons are “seas” where the “fish” (the lost) are and the gospel message in the Chaplain’s office is the net. What an awesome privilege to draw the lost into the “boat” of salvation with the strong net of OJPM.
Interim Executive Chaplain