Honoring those who serve the Lord
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’” (New International Version 1984, Matthew 25:21).
Accountability is a clear theological principle that runs throughout the Bible. From Adam and Eve in Genesis to the prophets and kings of Israel in the historical books to the parable of the talents in the Gospels to the apocalyptic ending with the judgment of Revelation: the rewards and consequences of our obedience to God are clearly laid out.
In that spirit, our annual volunteer appreciation banquet is a time of honoring the many volunteers that are the hands, feet and voice of Jesus to the thousands of inmates ministered to each year by OJPM. This special time is coming up on Friday, September 18th at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Moore, Oklahoma.
Eric Pope, founding pastor of Life Restoration Worship Center in Oklahoma City will be the guest speaker this year. Pastor Pope has been on both sides of fame and the challenges it brings. He was an All-American offensive lineman at the University of Oklahoma and captain of the 1985 National Championship football team.
After graduating from OU and briefly playing with the Arizona Cardinals, Pope traveled from the height of his football glory to the valley of drugs and incarceration. The Lord used his future wife, Floritta, to deliver him from that road to the pathway of righteousness through Jesus Christ.
The Lord has used Pastor Pope for the last 20 years to preach the gospel, equip the saints and mentor youth and young men. In addition to his ministry at his local church he has been involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and various school and economic development boards.
You can RSVP for the banquet by calling Diana at our office at 405-917-2242 and leaving your name and total number of attenders with her. You can also email that information to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for RSVPs is September 1st.
As we get into the month of August remember that this is a month of transition. School starts back up, football season starts back up and as I mentioned last month, the budget planning season starts back up in your local church.
The schedule is usually to firm up the members of the finance or stewardship committee in August. The committee then begins gathering information and starts praying about budget priorities in September and October. In November and early December the budgets are usually formalized and adopted for the new year starting in January.
As a volunteer with or friend of OJPM, you are especially qualified to speak to your local church about the possibility of including OJPM in its ministry budget for 2016. Please contact me about any emotional or informational support I can give you to take this meaningful step that could directly impact our outreach to inmates.
Unleashing the captives,