Casting the vision!
“Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Provers 29:18a).
The OJPM Spring Luncheon held last month at The Petroleum Club atop the 38th floor of Cotter Ranch Tower in downtown Oklahoma City was all about vision.
From our height, you could see for miles in any direction. With the clarity of a windy Oklahoma day, the visibility was amazing. The testimonies and presentations in the room voiced a clear blessing of God on our past and a strong vision for the future of OJPM.
Reflecting over the past, Tom Hill, who along with his wife, Kay, received the Spirit Award declared that “OJPM is the most effective ministry that I know of in presenting the gospel.”
Argyl Dick, who along with his wife, Janel, received the Sower Award shared that “we have such fond memories of our twelve years with OJPM. Our service and sacrifice to the Lord through OJPM was worth every moment of the effort.”
Looking toward the future the OJPM vision of “providing passionate, trained chaplains and volunteers to every county jail in Oklahoma” was highlighted with the revealing of an Oklahoma County Map (see box below) showing where OJPM has ministry currently and where we are still praying and seeking opportunities.
Bill Farley, whose vision birthed this luncheon three years ago, has recently changed hats to help put legs on this dream. Bill has resigned as board member to become development director to work with me in enlisting new county jails across the state. As I write this article Bill is finishing a tour of northeastern Oklahoma where he is meeting with legislators, sheriffs and jail administrators.
Throughout the Old Testament you see God reminding the Israelites (through festivals, prophecies, the Word of God, etc.) that His faithfulness in the past was proof of His faithfulness for the future. The Spring Luncheon was just such an event of reminding and confirming.
Each year that we honor the heroes of our ministry with the Spirit Award and the Sower Award I wonder who we will be able to honor in the future. Steve Trice, Jay Tompkins, Anthony Jordan, Joe Williams, Tom and Kay Hill and Argyl and Janel Dick; these are giants of the faith.
Because we serve a great God, I know that He will continue to raise up faithful men and women to serve Him through OJPM. Be sure to note the pictures from the luncheon on the back page of this newsletter.
God is using OJPM to reach the men and women behind bars across this state with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Do you see it!
Unleashing the captives,
OJPM currently has work in ten facilities in nine counties. We have 68 counties to go!