“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20).
“De-vel-op-ment; the process of developing or being developed – growth, maturation, expansion, enlargement, spread, progress” (Merrimack-Webster Dictionary).
While serving the past eight years in volunteer administrative roles with OJPM, it was my heart and pleasure to step into the role of director of development last spring. With OJPM board direction, it was Executive Chaplain Tim Gentry, who coined the phrase in the fall of 2017, “OJPM envisions having passionate, trained volunteers in every county in Oklahoma.” Realizing we had launched three new satellite ministries last fall (Bryan, Lincoln and Logan), it became apparent to our board that more intentional time spent in this area would prove to be very fruitful to the Kingdom and for the future of OJPM.
That being said, this past May I stepped down from our board of directors to work alongside Tim and our board in inviting the 68 counties in Oklahoma that do not have an OJPM affiliation, to consider joining our 28 year-old-ministry.
Having spent the bulk of my 25 years in higher education as athletic development director at both OU and The University of Alabama, this was a natural fit for me. While my experiences were part of a great career, further expanding my spiritual gifts from the Lord through His direction have been the ultimate blessing of my life’s spiritual journey.
Many times, development work is a “patience and progress” process. With time, communication, relationship building and the Lord’s will, there is no doubt OJPM can begin serving many counties around our great state, very similar to the nine counties we are currently serving.
To date, we have made contact and visits with several counties around the state. Please, be in prayer and support of OJPM as we continue communication, and in some instances, finalize contracts with Mayes (Pryor), Ottawa (Miami), Craig (Vinita), McClain (Purcell), Love (Marietta), Grant (Medford), Kay (Newkirk), Nowata (Nowata), Pittsburg (McAlester) and Delaware (Jay) Counties.
Much of this progress begins with each of you reading this newsletter! Each of us have family, friends and peers around the state that we know and admire as believers. We all have brothers and sisters who value leading people to Jesus. We have 68 counties to go; so if you have personal relationships that can open a door in one of our remaining counties, please contact Tim, Diana or myself at OJPM and we can begin the initial contact.
We are all part of something so very special – how good we have it, so let’s share OJPM with others that we know and love across our great state of Oklahoma. “I am sure of this, that HE who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians1:6).
Blessings, Bill Farley
Director of Development