Open hearts, open doors
“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,