Will you serve our Lord? 

I was raised in a small church where my dad served as Lay Leader. Because our church body was small, and definitely not wealthy, whenever the pastor was out of town, for any reason, my dad filled the pulpit. When Dad was choosing the hymns he almost invariably chose the hymn “Are You Able”.

The first verse of this hymn, taken from Mark 10:35-40 where Jesus asks His disciples just how committed they are to Him, begins: “Are ye able said the Master to be crucified with Me?”

The second verse is taken from Luke 22:39-42 when, Jesus from the cross, tells the repentant thief that “today you will be with Me in paradise” begins with: “Are ye able to remember when a thief lifts up his eyes that his pardon soul is worthy of a place in paradise”.

This second verse, to me, is very much applicable to us as OJPM volunteers. It points out just how serious are the eternal consequences of our work when visiting with inmates in jails across the state of Oklahoma.

I think we all know that we, as human sinners cannot bring anyone to faith in Christ, only the Holy Spirit can accomplish that. But we, humbly, are the essential tools that the Lord uses to accomplish His purposes. I know we all take great joy when our proverbial thieves lift up their eyes to Christ and gain eternal salvation, if they are sincere. And, of course, only God can know their hearts.

OJPM board president George Rennix has already stressed prompting inmates, who claim to already be believers, to pray a prayer of recommitment. This prayer can, and probably should, closely resemble the prayer of salvation, with a commitment to Christ clearly implied.

The OJPM Board of Directors has been made aware of a fairly large number of volunteers who do not plan on coming back to the ministry after this long layoff.

While this attitude is more than understandable, the mission field in our backyards still remains. Inmates are still just as lost and definitely haven’t lost their need for Christ and volunteer care.

Covid 19 has reaped some terrible harvests throughout the U.S. and the world. Let us rekindle our zeal for the lost souls and get back to ministering to this very needy group of individuals who are precious in God’s sight. And, if you can, bring along another new volunteer when you come.

Will you come to serve the Lord?  Remembering that He told us to be ready (Matthew 24:44) for we do not know when He will come for us and we should minister to others until He comes (Matthew 25:35-40).  Need more information call 405-917-2242 or email ojpm@ojpm.org.

For His Kingdom

Dave Seibel

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Training? Do we really need it? 

“And He will judge between many peoples And render decisions for mighty, [a]distant nations.  Then they will beat their swords into plowshares,  And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation will not lift a sword against nation, And never again will they [b]train for war.” Micah 4:3, New American Standard Bible

On November 6, 2021 beginning at 8 am we will have our semi-annual fall training for volunteers.  The place will be Genesis Church, 623 NE 5th St, Moore, OK 73160.

With many county jails still closed and not allowing volunteers in, you may wonder if we really need it?  Of course, we do.  There are many changes in the jails more now than ever and to stay in good standing and able to keep working for the Lord in those places we need to stay up to date on changes.

Hebrews 5:14 refers to God’s word as food.  Just because a baby has moved from liquids to solid, would you stop feeding them?  Of course, you would not, as we should not stop preparing for the battle we face when we go into the jails.  We need to stay fed up in the policy and procedure changes.

With that being said, we hope to see you at the training on Saturday, November 6.  There you will have a chance to see the various Site Chaplains and meet other Volunteer Chaplains .

We will have a time for questions and answers.  As always, there will be coffee and snacks ready when you arrive.

Please if you know of a friend that is interested in the ministry, bring them with you.  We love to meet new prospective volunteers and answer as many questions as we can.

If you have any questions or just need directions, feel free to give me a call 405-917-2242.  No worries, if I am not at the office the call will be forwarded to my cell.

God Bless

Diana Cummins

Office/Finance Administrator

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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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Clinging to His promises

“The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. The Holy Spirit Promised and being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”  Acts 1:1-8 New King James Version

Just as in the Bible verses above we are given a command to trust the Lord and walk according to His promises.  Which brings to mind the OJPM Volunteer Appreciation Banquet that is just around the corner.

Our banquet is set to be held at First Baptist Church Moore on September 17, 2021 doors opening at 5:30 pm.  We would love to see everyone of our volunteers there.   Please bring family and friends with you.  This is a night of celebration of the work that the Lord has allowed us to do in 19 counties across the state.

If you do plan to attend, we would like to ask for RSVP so that we can ensure there will be plenty of food.  You can do this by either calling Diana at phone, email or text text.  It would be great to hear from you before September  10, 2021.

This is our 30th year celebration and we would like to concentrate on the good that God has provided for us throughout these years.  As we cling to the promise that we have so many more years to go.

Even with the many shutdowns we have had over the last year and even some at the present time, we are looking forward to praising God for the work He is doing.  Remembering that God can take this bad situation and use if for His good to save many people alive. (Genesis 50:20 paraphrased by me)

Masks are not required but are welcome.  So come as you feel comfortable. 

With some of the changes, this year we will be having two testimonies, Shaunte Gordon and Brian Tidwell, and a key note speaker, Craig Freeman, The City of Oklahoma City—City Manager.

Please again RSVP by phone, email or text text.

God Bless

Diana Cummins

Office/Finance Administrator

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