Going after the lost sheep
Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent” (New International Version 1984, Luke 15:3-7).
My wife, Mary, and I attended church in Ada with my mother for Easter. On the way down and back I noticed several pastures with sheep. Mary and I immediately recalled the little lamb that she got to hold a few years ago and how precious it was (see picture).
It is no wonder Jesus used the picture of a lost sheep to emphasize His love for the lost and our responsibility to go after the lost sheep until we find him or her. For OJPM, Jesus has challenged us to leave the open country and go after the lost sheep in county jails.
I have shared the first part of OJPM’s vision statement before. “We envision a ministry providing passionate, trained chaplains and volunteers to every county jail in Oklahoma.”
The second part of that vision statement is, “We envision chaplains and volunteers sharing the gospel with inmates and challenging them to turn from their self-destructive ways and to follow Jesus Christ as Lord.” This is why we want to bring our ministry to every county jail in Oklahoma; so that the gospel can be shared with every lost sheep.
Just as Christ challenged the people in the parable of the lost sheep to “Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep,” I want you to rejoice with the Lord over the opening of OJPM ministry in the Logan County jail.
Sheriff Damon Devereaux and the Logan County officials have approved a memorandum of understanding with OJPM and Lincoln Kosa has been selected to be our OJPM site chaplain for the Logan County jail. Kosa and new site chaplains Kevin Martin from Lincoln County and Jesse West from Bryan County all were introduced and gave their testimonies at our recent spring training mentioned in last month’s newsletter.
You can also rejoice with the Lord over each man and woman represented in the reports on the back page of this newsletter. Those reports show the far country that our chaplains and volunteers go to in search of the lost sheep. Those reports also show how many of these lost sheep are being found!
One more item that you can rejoice about is our upcoming spring luncheon on Tuesday, May 8th (see box for more details). Tom and Kay Hill will be honored with our Spirit Award and Argyl and Janel Dick will be honored with our Sower Award. I hope that if you are able you will choose to attend this special time of recognition for two couples who have been so instrumental in going after the lost sheep!
Unleashing the captives,