Finding forgiveness at the feet of Jesus 

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease, where there are tongues, they will be stilled, where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 New International Version

My name is Jason Reece and I am one of the chaplains for OJPM in Logan County. What a privilege it is to be able to be a very small part of OJPM. I am allowed to take the gospel of Jesus Christ into this jail and work with some very fine men. I have been a part of OJPM for roughly two years. There is nothing that makes me any happier than seeing someone completely surrender to Christ and become what they were created to be.

In 2015, I was incarcerated in this facility. I was hopeless and a complete wreck. I had strayed away from Christ and was doing things some that no man that claimed to love our creator should do. I recall very well the morning where everything changed in my life. I completely surrendered my life to Jesus Christ.  Up until that point I truly thought that I had a spiritual experience, I was wrong. I often tell people that if you think you have had a spiritual experience, you probably are mistaken. Once you’ve had that experience, its undeniable.

One thing I have learned in my time with OJPM, is that you can’t just go in there and quote scripture and give out lessons. You must first get to know these men and form a relationship up with them. If these men can’t trust me, what makes me think they would believe anything that comes out of my mouth. There is nothing that makes me any happier than watching someone give their life to Christ.

When I first started going into this jail, I met a man that we will call Jack. Jack is nearly 30 years old. He has been in/out of jail for most of his adult years. I spent a little time with him for about four weeks and then he was released. A couple of months later he was back in on similar charges. This cycle repeated itself over the course of the next few months. Each time he would come back he would always ask if I was upset with him. I always told him that no I was not. It was almost like he was wanting me to become angry with him. Come to find out, he had enormous trust issues. He was exposed to many things as a child that most kids aren’t. Jack and I spent lots of time together. The day before he was released the last time, I asked him if he really knew Jesus Christ and had Jesus in his heart. He was uncertain. In a small room later that evening, Jack asked Jesus to come into his heart. The great thing about Jack is that since he made that decision, his life has totally changed. He hasn’t been back to the jail since. I say that and that’s a little fib. Jack now runs the kitchen as employee in that jail and has been sober for two years as of September 3rd. God has really done something special in his life. Not only that, he is also an asset in our community and is leading other men to Christ and helping other men fight the same substance that once had him in shackles.

I am so grateful and so humbled to be able to share the gospel of Jesus Christ to other men. Through a lot of pain, I have found my purpose.

Chaplain, Jason Reece

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