Different stages of life bring different opportunities and
different ways to serve the Lord. Being a pastor’s wife for 46 years allowed me to be involved in teaching, music, children’s work, visitation and a lot of hospitality. I loved all of these ministries but when my husband retired, I was anxious to see what the Lord might have in store for me and for us, together.
When Randy told me of his interest in working with OJPM my first thought was, is it safe? In college I had worked with prisoners, going into the pods to teach. But that was another day! It was much safer then. My second thought was, counseling is at the bottom of my list when it comes to things I can do. The “unknown” is always intimidating. As I learned more about the ministry and Randy and I prayed about what to do, the Lord gave us peace about getting involved in OJPM.
I don’t have the gift of evangelism but I can tell the women what
Jesus did for me and I can share the gospel. I am not a counselor, but the Word of God speaks for itself. It gives peace, guidance, encouragement and it has power. Most importantly, it shows the way to have a personal relationship with God through the Lord Jesus Christ. These prisoners are desperate for hope. Without Jesus, there is no hope and there is no change.
I know many more chaplains are needed at the jails. I’m glad I moved out of my comfort zone to minister to these hurting women. I have been so blessed by this ministry. Proverbs 11:30 says, “he who wins souls is wise.” I want to be wise.