It’s a new year and it is worth repeating
“Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (New International Version, 1984, Philippians 3:1,13–14).
January is the time for New Year’s resolutions. According to Inc.com the most common resolutions involve losing weight, becoming more disciplined and focusing on the true meaning of life.
I can tell you that our OJPM chaplains and volunteers already do this. Our people are some of the most resolute people I have ever met. They love the Lord and by His grace walk a disciplined life of service with love and joy.
Since it is a new year, I believe our vision statement is worth repeating. Part of my responsibility is to cast vision for OJPM. As you probably have noticed from the repetition found in the Bible, vision needs regular recasting. The following contains our OJPM vision statement published in the January 2018 newsletter.
Our vision is built upon our mission statement and is carried out with strategic initiatives.
- Mission statement – Transforming people on both sides of the bars.
- Vision statement – We envision a ministry providing passionate, trained chaplains and volunteers to every county jail in Oklahoma.
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.
We envision chaplains and volunteers praying with, encouraging and giving Bibles and Bible study materials to inmates.
We envision chaplains and volunteers being the answer to the prayers of countless mothers, fathers, children and grandparents that are asking God to send someone to intervene in their loved one’s life.
We envision transformed inmates who are reconciled with the Lord, their loved ones, their victims and their community.
We envision transformed volunteers who no longer just sit in a pew at their local church, but have discovered how God can use them as they step out of their comfort zone.
- Enlist and train site chaplains and volunteers with introductory, maturing and advanced training in prayer, personal soul-winning, spiritual discernment, personal growth, jail security, fundraising and record keeping
- Contact and enlist sheriffs and jail administrators in every county in Oklahoma to partner with OJPM to provide a site chaplain and volunteer in their county jail
- Develop OJPM website as key resource for promotion, training and fundraising
- Strengthen fundraising efforts to sustain ministry operations
This is where God is going with His transformative power. This is where OJPM is going along with the Lord. Please join us for we “press toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called [us] heavenward in Christ Jesus” in 2019 with your prayers, personal involvement and financial support.
Unleashing the captives,