Courage and impact
The new movie, American Sniper, has been in the news almost daily. Initially, it was the story of the courage displayed and the tactical impact of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s service during four tours of duty in the Iraq War. The story quickly moved to the record setting ticket sales of the movie and then to the different reactions of people. Some people celebrated Kyle’s courage and impact and others were upset at what they saw as the glorification of killing and war.
Just this week the publicity turned to the trial that started in Stephenville, Texas, of a Marine veteran suffering from PTSD accused of murdering Kyle. Kyle was helping this young man and had taken him to a gun range where the man shot and killed Kyle and another veteran in 2013.
I am thankful for Kyle’s service to our country and most every Sunday express my thankfulness to the Lord that I live in a country where there is a freedom of religion that has been paid for with the sacrifice of so many. I am thankful also for another group of people who display courage each week and have a tremendous impact for the Kingdom right here in Oklahoma. This group is the volunteers of OJPM.
The courage and impact of our OJPM volunteers is felt each week in the various jails where we have a presence. This courage is seen by men and women who step out of their own comfort zone to visit a place that is foreign to their everyday lives. This courage is seen by men and women who give up their time to commit, be trained and follow a regularly scheduled time of ministry.
The impact is felt by the individual inmates who experience deliverance from sin and bondage by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ. The impact is felt by a family who has prayers answered and sees a loved one reconciled with a parent, spouse or child. The impact is felt by society that experiences less crime and more productivity from a reformed individual.
If you are one of our volunteers, thank you! Thank you for your courage; the courage to step up and get involved. Thank you for ignoring your fears and questions and committing to make an impact. If you are not one of our volunteers, have you prayed about how God can give you the grace to overcome your fears and questions to make an impact?
The next training time for OJPM volunteers is Saturday, March 14th at the Character Inn Conference Center, 520 West Main Street, Oklahoma City. This mandatory semi-annual training held from 8:00 a.m. to noon provides helpful information on counseling inmates and the latest security best practices from the various county sheriffs.
If you are already a volunteer, I look forward to our fellowship and training time on March 14th! If you are praying about becoming a volunteer, please contact Diana at our office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-917-2242) immediately so we can get you set up to attend your first training.
Unleashing the captives,