“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 25:23).
Keitha Hall and Tom Pace will be honored as the 2020 OJPM Sower Award and Spirit Award recipients at the Spring Luncheon on Tuesday, May 5th at The Petroleum Club, downtown Oklahoma City.
Corporal Hall has served in the OJPM Female Chaplain’s Office on the sixth floor of the Oklahoma County Jail since June of 2002. Hall is a detention officer with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office who sees her responsibilities going beyond the normal job description to minister to the incarcerated ladies.
Pace is a mentor, author, founder and CEO of Oklahoma City based PaceButler. Pace is a sought-after motivational speaker that is as comfortable sharing with students, inmates and civic leaders as well as fellow CEOs. Pace’s book, Mentor: The Kid & The CEO, is especially popular with inmates. Pace has donated thousands of copies of Mentor as well as The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren to OJPM that have been distributed throughout the 16 jails in which we minister.
Previous recipients for the Sower Award have been Jay Tompkins, Joe Williams, Argyl & Janel Dick and George Rennix. Previous recipients for the Spirit Award have been Steve Trice, Anthony Jordan, Tom & Kay Hill and Jason Trice.
OJPM uses these awards to acknowledge servants who put their faith into action and have had a significant impact on God’s kingdom through its ministry. The Sower Award is for a ministry volunteer who has served directly to touch the inmates and the Spirit Award is for a financial supporter that has undergirded its outreach and discipleship with the inmates.
The Spring Luncheon is Tuesday, May 5th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Petroleum Club, 100 N. Broadway, Oklahoma City. Individual tickets are $25.00. Tables of eight can be purchased for $200.00. For more information and tickets visit our website at ojpm.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 405-917-2242.
Keitha and Tom challenge me to sow the gospel each day in the power of the Spirit. Join with me at our Spring Luncheon to thank the Lord for these two precious servants!
I want to give a shout-out to Bill Farley, OJPM Development Director. Bill announced Team 23 in February’s newsletter as our push to cover the $50,000 JASCO Giving Hope Foundation match. You will note in this month’s key graphic that we are up to $37,390. My prayer is that we reach this by or make it at our Spring Luncheon.
Unleashing the captives,
Cleveland County Site Chaplain Larry Heikkila and his wife, Janet, also a Cleveland County volunteer chaplain, hosted a staff luncheon recently in their home. Janet, I assume, decorated the tables with Mardi Gras mementos, cooked gumbo and made King Cake replete with its traditional hidden baby Jesus figurine.
Larry asked me before the meal if I wanted to share anything with the group. I felt it was best to be one of the team and to sit back and enjoy Larry’s leadership and the group’s fellowship. When the meal was finished, one of the two guests who had been invited to the gathering to hear more about our ministry asked me about the purpose of OJPM.
I easily shared our mission statement of “transforming people on both sides of the bars!” After a brief description of how that has developed over the years, Kathy Jones, Lori Rahhal and Bill Farley graciously brought the statement to life by detailing how it was being lived out in their lives.
Kathy, a five-year volunteer chaplain at Cleveland County, shared about her experience with incarceration in both jail and prison, her coming to know the Lord and her six years of sobriety. Lori, a first-year volunteer chaplain at Cleveland County, shared about her long-time walk with the Lord and how she was enjoying the hands-on ministry of OJPM.
Bill, long-time volunteer chaplain and director of development, excitedly told of how that morning he had picked up an Uber rider that recognized him as the chaplain who had shared with him back in June of 2009 and that he was walking with the Lord, married with children and had not been back to the county jail. Three transformations on display!
This Cleveland County OJPM luncheon was a sweet time of food, fellowship and testimony. I am so thankful to be a part of our OJPM family that the Lord is working through in “transforming people on both sides of the bars!”
Unleashing the captives,
“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.
To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ” (New International Version 1984, Romans 1:1-7).
The calling of God is a holy and personal touch. If you are a follower of Christ who has confessed Him as your Lord and Savior, then it is upon you.
With the start of a new year my pastor, Bill Hulse at Putnam City Baptist, Oklahoma City, preached on this passage this past first Sunday.
It was a fresh reminder of what God values and where His heart lies. People. Individual people. That one person. That chance encounter. That long-prayed-for loved one. That neighbor. That schoolmate. That fellow worker. That man, woman and youth who have lost so much and are looking for hope and direction.
Pastor Bill’s message was a renewed challenge that I am a key part of what God is up to in this world. That means you are also a key part of what God is up to. Do you find yourself getting lazy, apathetic and frustrated with life?
I would ask you if you are getting tired, but I know that is true for us all. How about a fresh kick in the pants from the Holy Spirit about how valuable you are in God’s eyes and for His kingdom? Also, how about those valuable other people?
I do not know about you, but I have a hard time finding people to talk with about God. Some of that is on me and I am praying about that. However, we have a great mission field in our county jails. Men, women and young people are waiting and wanting to talk about God, hope and forgiveness.
The question is not are you with OJPM in this new year of outreach to every county jail in Oklahoma. The question is are you with God and do you understand and accept His calling upon your life?
Grace and peace to each of you!
Unleashing the captives,
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (New International Version 1984, John 3:16)
You can celebrate your best Christmas ever by unwrapping three gifts!
First, unwrap God’s gift of hope. Jesus said in John 3:16 that the Father “gave his one and only Son.” God’s promise! There are over 100 promises of the hoped-for Messiah in the Old Testament.
It begins in Genesis 3:14, 15 where the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, ‘Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.’”
It continues in Isaiah 7:14 where it was prophesied that, “The Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”
It closes with Micah 5:2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” This is the season of hope.
Second, unwrap Christ’s gift of love. Jesus said in John 3:16 that “God so loved.” God’s presence!
God’s love demonstrated as God’s presence is declared in 1 John 4:9 “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.”
Third, unwrap your gift of belief. Jesus said in John 3:16 that “whoever believes in Him.” Your Action!
I say unwrap because even your belief is a gift from God. It is a graceful mixture of God’s work and your responsibility.
Romans 10:9–10 says, “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”
Several years ago, Mary and I had prayed, hoped and had even talked with our son, Joseph, hoping that he would be home from Iraq for Thanksgiving. He couldn’t tell us the specific day. Finally, he called and said that he was at Ft. Hood. We knew he was safe. We knew he was back, but we couldn’t see him yet. After a couple of days, he was notified that he was free to leave for Thanksgiving.
We believed he was there. We believed he was free to leave. But what did our belief ultimately do? We acted! We made arrangements to get off work and we got in the car and made the five and 1/2 hr. trip to Ft. Hood and picked him up. That is the difference between believing factual information and believing a truth that moves you to action.
Act out your belief in Jesus Christ as the Savior of your life.
- Surrender your will to Jesus Christ as Lord this Christmas season
- Share your faith with those around you this Christmas season
- Pray for and give toward OJPM this Christmas season
God’s presence is His present to you!