Founder – Fellowship

Fellowship in the Mission Field

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Isaiah 55:11  Amplified Bible (AMP)  So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

Reporting in from the mission field I am overjoyed to share God’s purpose being fulfilled right here behind prison walls.  God says His Word will prosper and accomplish what He sends it out to do!  I believe every promise written in God’s Word.  So when I began to see a reoccurring problem, fatal to my fellow brother in Christ’s walk, I became greatly concerned!  It has been a problem I have been witnessing for a little over a year now and couldn’t figure out why nor formulate a solution to it.  I began to continually ask myself, “what more can I do in order to prevent this from happening?”

Each of you are probably familiar with this ongoing dilemma where you and your Christian brothers and sisters attend church and are just as concerned as I was about what to do.  I am talking about drifting.  The drifting of our fellow brothers and sisters away from God, away from church, Bible Study, Sunday School and all other church functions that help believers stay plugged into God’s lifeline of love.  These drifters that disconnect from the vital lifeline to God always begin immediately to spiritually wither.

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The results?  Adrift they float again  into the very sea of sin that Jesus just delivered them from.  Back on the road to destruction and isolated from all of the love and help of their Christian family.  What happened?

Here in this microcosm world called prison we often live with the other members of the church, our brothers (and sisters for the women’s units) in Christ, 24 hours a day.  This has given me the advantage to observe my Christian family closer and facilitated the opportunity for the Holy Spirit to open my eyes to the source of the problem.  He also simultaneously gave me the solution!  Praise God!

Being called to ministry in the prison mission field, I share the Word of God with my brothers twice a day at our small group Bible Studies.  These groups range from 6 to 14 in attendance, Christians with hungry hearts seeking more of the Word of God and a change in their lives.  After living among my brothers over a period of time I have had the privilege to watch them grow and mature in Christ, these are treasures in life.  Adversely, I have also seen many drift away and get sucked back into the ever continuous gravitational pull of the world.

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The burden of “what more can I do to help prevent this?” became heavy on me and I began asking God for help and understanding with my heart.  Then one day as I was looking out across the day room, the Holy Spirit opened my eyes, allowing me to see what had been right in front of my face the whole time.  The flock had No Fellowship!  Oh sure they eagerly gathered to hear the Word of God but immediately afterwards scattered their own separate directions engaging in worldly activities with everyone but their Christian brothers.

I immediately began researching God’s Word for all it had to say about fellowship amongst the church body and one of the very first verses I was let to was a quote by Jesus Himself that summed it all up.

John 15:12  New King James Version (NKJV)  This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

John 15:17  New King James Version (NKJV)  These things I command you, that you love one another.

I knew right away this commandment spoke of the fellowship of our brothers and sisters in Christ as well.  As I continued to search the Holy Spirit “brought to my remembrance” (John 14:26) and all that Jesus had said about the seventy He sent out “as lambs among wolves” (Luke 10:3) and He sent them out “two by two” (Luke 10:1).  Jesus sent out His disciples amongst the wolves two by two so that they could help and encourage each other to stay on the mission Jesus assigned them and in the faith, so they would not be devoured.

Hebrews 10:24-25  New International Version (NIV)   And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,  not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

“As some are in the habit of doing” This is the fatal habit many Christians are prone to fall into, isolation or fellowship with unbelievers.  An isolated Christian is a Christian in danger like a wandering sheep from the protection from the fold, as well as the Christian brother we don’t offer our time to.  Making them feel shunned not liked or unloved, driving them to seek companionship amongst the wolves!

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2 Corinthians 6:14-18 Amplified Bible (AMP)  14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers [do not make mismated alliances with them or come under a different yoke with them, inconsistent with your faith]. For what partnership have right living and right standing with God with iniquity and lawlessness? Or how can light have fellowship with darkness?  15 What harmony can there be between Christ and Belial [the devil]? Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?  16 What agreement [can there be between] a temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God; even as God said, I will dwell in and with and among them and will walk in and with and among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.  17 So, come out from among [unbelievers], and separate (sever) yourselves from them, says the Lord, and touch not [any] unclean thing; then I will receive you kindly and treat you with favor, 18 And I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.

If we are to be separate from the world that means we are to fellowship with one another.

Romans 12:10 New King James Version (NKJV) Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;

We are a very blessed dorm here as God continues to spend more and more of Christian family to us.  I quickly realized all my waking hours could never be enough time to spend with all our brothers and tend to all their needs.  The solution was they had to learn to fellowship amongst themselves.  To “spur one another on toward love and good deeds” – lack of fellowship with each other was an open gate for a curious or un-expecting lamb to wander through to his or her own peril.

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1 Peter 5:8 New King James Version (NKJV)  Be sober, be vigilant; becauseyour adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

It became clear as the pieces fell into place that we had to learn fellowship or we “the body of Christ” would continue to lose members to the cunning snares of the adversary.

I know that God’s Word “will not return to Him void” and it will “accomplish” and “prosper” what God sends it out to do; the last step, get the message (God’s Word) out to the flock!

  •  Fellowship!
  • Don’t let your brother fall!
  • Lift your brother up, encourage them!
  • Stand fast with them through fun and games, tears and sorrow.

Not just only at church, Bible Study and prayer meetings, but when we exercise, play games, watch movies and eat, do it together.  Making ourselves available to each other with our time, be approachable to your brothers.  Shake hands; give knuckle bumps (daps) and encouraging words all throughout the day.  When our brothers are down take time to spend with them, encourage them and lift them up.  Speak God’s love and promises into their lives.  Share God’s love with each other in a brotherly manner, supporting one another.

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Brotherly love, kindness and fellowship has been the subject of our Bible Studies for the past couple of weeks now.  Sharing the Iron Sharpens Iron series available through All For HIM Ministries has been an excellent vehicle to spread this powerful and essential message to all our Christian brothers here.  I have seen immediate results as the body of the church are learning how powerful fellowship amongst each other is.

Where ever you are, whether a pastor, minister or disciple of Jesus Christ, be aware of the fellowship in the body of Christ around you.  Be an Active Christian, always ministering to your brothers and sisters sharing God’s love and your time with others that they may be encouraged in their faith.

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God’s Word will not return to Him void, so spread the Word today and help believers everywhere stay plugged in to the life line of God’s love with the vital message of fellowship.

John 15:12  New King James Version (NKJV)  This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

Citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven,

D. W. Ojemann, July 2013

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3 Responses to Founder – Fellowship

  1. Colleen Simons says:

    Hey Genie, I really found this one speaking to where I am right now.  God has been showing me too how well things go when I share with others how He is working in my life to make this current transition easier.  Notice I didn’t say easy.  I could use a good hour or two call with you but right now I don’t know I have time for a 5 minute call so I am sending this message.  Praying for you and your family amd looking forward to the day when we can “catch up”!  Sure do love and miss you.  So much to share when we have the time.   Love,

    Colleen

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    • all4him2013 says:

      Colleen, we are so blessed that God knows exactly where we are and how to speak to our hearts. I will be sure and share your word of encouragement with my beloved and All For HIM Ministries founder! Genie

  2. Clay Rebert says:

    Hi my name is Clay. I am a chaplain for a rescue mission in Lebanon Pa. Your ministry has been a Godsend to me.

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