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).
Matthew 28:19-20, commonly known as The Great Commission, forms the mission for the Christian Church and most Christian ministries today. OJPM identifies its mission of Transforming People On Both Sides of the Bars as a contextualization of this challenge from our Lord.
The focus of The Great Commission is on making disciples, but it involves going. The English go is not the command that it seems but is a present participle best translated going. The command is to make disciples. It is both understood and specifically stated that you would need to be going to accomplish this task.
OJPM volunteers are involved in The Great Commission by going from a place of comfort to those who need to hear. Our mission field is the local jail situated in every county in this state. It is most likely that the nearest jail is less than ten miles from where you are reading this newsletter.
OJPM is committed to playing our part in the disciple making process. OJPM is committed to calling out volunteers from their place of comfort. OJPM has doubled down on spreading our ministry to every county jail in Oklahoma. Last year we opened three new counties. This year we have already opened three with two more in process.
It takes God’s hand of favor, prayer, willing sheriffs and jail administrators, volunteers and money to go. Are you committed to fulfilling The Great Commission? Are you going?
As OJPM executive chaplain, two events that I think and pray about are our fall volunteer appreciation banquet and our fall chaplain training. Our annual volunteer appreciation banquet will be held Friday, September 27th at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 301 N. E. 27th, Moore, Oklahoma. See RSVP information in insert box below. Each attendee will receive our newest challenge coin that highlights our vision to have ministry in every county jail. There will also be inspirational stories of how OJPM is transforming people on both sides of the bars.
Our keynote speaker for the banquet is Wayne Shaw, State Senator, District Three. Wayne served as the senior pastor at First Christian Church in Grove for fifteen years before being elected to the Senate in 2012.
Senator Shaw has been working with Dr. Joe Wilson in the Oklahoma Prison Chapel Program, which has successfully built six chapels in Oklahoma prisons. The senator has visited and spoken in several of our prisons. Wayne has a heart for jail ministry and is a great friend of OJPM.
Our fall chaplain training will be held Saturday, November 2nd from 8:00 a.m. to Noon at Genesis Church, 623 N Broadway Ave., Suite A, Moore, Oklahoma. One of the key reasons sheriffs invite OJPM into their county jails is because of the training we provide. Note that this is a change from the original date.
Unleashing the captives,