A night of challenge and celebration
“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory which comes from the Lord, who is the
Spirit” (New International Version 1984, 2 Corinthians 3:18).
Our 26th Annual Volunteers Appreciation Banquet is in the books and it was quite the time of challenge and celebration!
Each volunteer and guest received an attractive OJPM challenge coin that is imprinted with the statement of what drives our ministry: Transforming People on Both Sides of The Bars, 2 Corinthians 3:18. This challenge coin is not only a striking gift but I hope that it will also serve as a pocket prayer reminder.
Four characteristics of our volunteers are printed on the insert of the plastic sleeve. Willing obedience, Great Commission boldness, spiritual discernment and physical courage describe each and every one of our volunteer chaplains. These characteristics also make up a great prayer list for our volunteers as they minister in the county jails each day.
The coins were our way of saying ‘thank you’ for the hours of tireless service our volunteers give the Lord through OJPM. They are also meant to be a prayer coin that can be carried in your pocket or purse as a constant reminder of the spiritual battle in which we are involved.
Tom Pace, CEO of PaceButler and author of Mentor: The Kid & The CEO, challenged us with the power of forgiveness. He related how he gives second and third chances to people reentering society and how one guy stole $450,000 from his company. Tom thanked our volunteers and noted that they must have forgiving hearts to be used by God in our ministry of forgiveness.
William Dodson, former Oklahoma County jail inmate and trustee, gave his testimony and thanked OJPM and its volunteers for caring enough to come and share the gospel with him. He particularly singled out Senior Chaplain Jorge Vara and his involvement in his life.
If you would like one of these beautiful and inspirational challenge coins, they will be available at our fall training on Saturday, October 21st from 8:00 a.m. to noon at Genesis Church, 623 N Broadway Ave, Suite A, Moore.
Unleashing the captives,