Transforming people on both sides of the bars – the proof
“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (New International Version 1984, 2 Corinthians 3:18).
Our 2019 Spring Luncheon was a time of celebrating God’s faithful and fruitful work in our ministry through the many prayer warriors, volunteer chaplains and financial supporters that make up the OJPM family.
Our mission statement speaks to the fact that not only are the men and women jailed in the many county detention centers across our state transformed with the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ, but also the volunteer chaplains who step out of their comfort zone to follow the Lord’s leadership are impacted.
Three testimonies at our luncheon spoke to this transformation. Bill Farley, OJPM development director and Canadian County chaplain, George Rennix, OJPM board president and Oklahoma County chaplain and Tammy Franklin, Prison Fellowship academy program manager.
Farley, by way of introducing 2019 Sower Award recipient Rennix, spoke of how uncomfortable he was the first time Rennix spoke to him about visiting the Oklahoma County jail to share the gospel with the men there.
Farley had several job opportunities available, but after much prayer, felt like the Lord wanted him to become a volunteer chaplain and eventually assume a key leadership position with OJPM. Farley could have made more money elsewhere; he knew the cost of following the Lord was steep, but he also knew that he needed nothing more than the security of being in God’s perfect will.
Rennix, shared how the Lord had delivered him from a tough youth and given him great joy in sharing with incarcerated men in both state prisons and the
Oklahoma County jail. Rennix related that he is more comfortable being in the background and does not like to draw attention to himself. However, he said that when the Lord opens doors, he tries to always be obedient and walk through them.
Farley, as presenter and Rennix as receiver, both acknowledge how their lives had been transformed through their faithfulness to the Lord and through service in our ministry.
Franklin shared her testimony of deliverance from drugs through the ministry of OJPM in our sixth-floor female chaplain’s office in the Oklahoma County jail. Edna Keith, long-time OJPM volunteer chaplain who passed away last year, led Franklin to a commitment to the Lord.
Franklin shared, “I always felt that Edna refused to judge me by what I’d done and always viewed me through the eyes of her Savior.” Franklin’s testimony of transformation through Christ was the highlight of the luncheon. Several commented that you could sense the moving of the Holy Spirit in a powerful way because of Franklin’s openness and honesty of where she had been and Who had touched her heart and her mind.
Jason Trice, co-president & CEO of Jasco Products Company, gracefully accepted our 2019 Spirit Award on behalf of the Jasco Giving Hope Foundation and the employees of Jasco. He expressed his excitement to be able to support a ministry that is making such an impact in our state for the kingdom of God.
We did not have any dessert at our luncheon (I heard from one close confidant that we better have some next year), but there was proof in the pudding that OJPM is transforming people on both sides of the bars!
Unleashing the captives,