“Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (New International Version 1984, 1 Corinthians 15:58).
There is discouragement, there is irrelevance and there is plain ole forgetfulness. All of these can battle against us as we walk with the Lord and fight the good fight to maintain our faithfulness.
These emotions and thoughts (or lack of thoughts) seem to compound as I get older. My life and ministry have had several compartments. I have lived in Oklahoma, Texas, California and Oklahoma again. I have pastored, served in denominational positions and now minister in a parachurch organization.
There is much of my ministry that I do not remember unless prompted. Facebook posts from old friends will remind me of past ministry. Phone calls to and from ministry peers bring up former events that saw God at work.
Honestly, when someone brings up ministry from the past that I have forgotten, I think, “Well, maybe the Lord has used me to impact lives and His Kingdom for eternity.”
Throughout the Old Testament you see things repeated to remind God’s people of His faithfulness. God also has a way of reminding His people of their faithfulness. It is called brothers and sisters in Christ. It is called encouragement. It is called the fellowship of believers. It is called the annual OJPM Volunteers Appreciation Banquet!
This annual time of celebration, remembering and honoring is coming up on 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 OJPM’s vision to have ministry in every county jail in Oklahoma. We will also be showing the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma’s new missions video of how OJPM is Transforming People on Both Sides of the Bars.
Our keynote speaker for the banquet is Wayne Shaw, Oklahoma State Senator, District Three. Wayne served as the senior pastor at First Christian Church, Grove, Oklahoma, for 15 years before being elected to the Senate in 2012.
Senator Shaw has worked with Bill Farley, OJPM Development Director, to open several county jails in Northeastern Oklahoma to our ministry.
Thank you volunteers for your service! We want to honor you at our banquet. In our small way, we want to give each faithful worker, supporter and friend of OJPM their just due.
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10).
You labor in the Lord is not in vain!
Unleashing the captives,