OJPM vision moving forward
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (New International Version 1984, Matthew 28:19–20).
OJPM’s mission statement (Transforming people on both sides of the bars) is what Jesus’ Great Commission looks like personalized for our ministry.
OJPM’s vision statement (First portion – We envision a ministry providing passionate, trained chaplains and volunteers to every county jail in Oklahoma) is what our mission statement looks like as God brings it to life.
This past month, we had two new ministry sites come online. The Bryan County jail with Site Chaplain Jesse West and the Lincoln County jail with Site Chaplain Kevin Martin.
We now have ministry reaching inmates in eight Oklahoma counties (we are at two facilities in Oklahoma county) with only 69 counties to go. If you noticed that we ended 2017 with a financial surplus, rest assured that we are planning expanded ministry that will put that money and more to kingdom use.
Chaplain West is a local Bryan County pastor and has several years of hospital chaplaincy experience. He reported in January, “there were several precious souls added to the Kingdom along with the addition of six new volunteers. One lady is with Celebrate Recovery and the other three ladies are with the Gideon’s auxiliary. Two men who are with Celebrate Recovery are currently awaiting approval before restarting their ministry.”
Chaplain Martin is a local Lincoln County pastor whose church has been involved with the jail for several years. He recently reported, “in the past few weeks God has done great things in the jail house ministry. We have seven volunteers at this time. In the past two weeks seven inmates have asked Christ into their life. I was able to meet personally with one inmate and he rededicated his life to the Lord. God is giving us favor in the jail house.”
Last week I met with a prospective site chaplain and county sheriff who verbally committed to endorsing our ministry. Hopefully, I will be able to announce the beginning of our ministry in that jail in next month’s newsletter. This morning I had a phone call from a gentleman who read last month’s column about our vision to have a ministry in every county jail in Oklahoma. God has laid jail ministry on his heart and he wants to be involved in bringing OJPM into his local county jail.
The Lord is at work. The Lord has given us our commission. Join in with OJPM to bring a Christian witness to every county jail in Oklahoma through your prayers, volunteering and giving.
His vision is moving forward!
Unleashing the captives,