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How to Get Involved in the Oilfield Christian Fellowship

Many times we are asked the question, “How do I get involved in the Oilfield Christian Fellowship?” We love to get that question, and this one equally as good, “How can I help?” However, there is not just a single easy answer to give. There are so many ways you can get involved in the Ministry of the Oilfield Christian Fellowship. This article gives you an idea of what we do and how you can help. While some of these answers may be specific to the Houston chapter, many of them are relevant at any of our chapters.

First of all, I preface these answers with the overarching thought that the depth of your involvement depends on the level you want to commit your time. With that said, we would love to have another Brother or Sister in Christ volunteering to help the organization. There is always work to do. Here is a list of things that we need help with.

13 Ways to Get Involved

1. We need men and women of prayer who keep the OCF and its mission and leadership before the throne of God. We can do nothing on our own. We can accomplish all things through Christ. Click here to submit your prayer request.

Get Involved2. We need people to help distribute Bibles, both the Oil Patch Bibles in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Portuguese, and the many other international languages that we can supply to people going overseas. You can help with this by getting Bibles out to the rigs, platforms, and offices. If you or one of your co-workers is traveling overseas, you can carry Bibles with you which the OCF can supply. Click here to view our store.

3. We need help getting Oil Patch Bibles cheaply into Canada and other foreign countries. International Postage rates are extremely high. The OCF is looking for someone who can ship a large volume of Bibles to Canada and other countries. The OCF can mail them but mailing costs have escalated tremendously. We like to be good stewards of donations and piggy back with cargo going into foreign countries. If you know how the OCF can get Bibles to Africa, Bogota, or Canada cheaply, you would be a blessing.

4. We welcome volunteers to join the core group to manage The Woodlands Chapter. Are you interested in that kind of involvement? If so, contact us or let us know at the meeting.

5. We need disciplers. Jesus told us to go make disciples. The time is right for some form of Bible study or discipleship program to be formed at offices around the world where men and women gather together under the banner of an OCF Bible study. We have been putting together materials. We could supply chaplains or teachers.

Get Envolved6. If you are a writer, we need contributors to the OCF newsletter.

7. We need volunteers to help at the entry tables at the luncheons, ushers at the Prayer Breakfast, and workers at the many events that are held around the country.

8. We need people willing to give their testimony at the luncheons.

9. If you aren’t already doing so, you can attend our monthly luncheons at Houston’s First Baptist Church and The Woodlands. If you are in another city, make plans to attend the chapter meetings in Midland/Odessa, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Tyler, Texas; Covington, and Lafayette, Louisiana; Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma; Denver and Grand Junction, Colorado; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; or the chapter at Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada.

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10. We have Bible testimonies translated into Russian and Chinese. We have held off printing these Bibles as we are unsure how many to print and how to get them into the country. If you have an inlet in any of these two countries, you could help with this decision.

11. We will have more College Leadership Forums. If you want to participate in visiting a campus or get a meeting organized at a college, you are more than welcome to get going and get it organized. If you are a college student reading this and would like someone to visit with you about helping organizing something on your campus, contact us by Email.

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Greg Garbe, (Far right) former A&M student and now part of Lighthouse Exploration, visits with A&M P.E. Students during pizza supper.

12. Our organization gets the funds to further the Bible Ministry, newsletters, and the other things we do through tax deductible donations. Checks can be made out to the Oilfield Christian Fellowship or a secure credit card donation can be made here. Click here to make a donation.

13. Start a chapter in your city or area. OCF President John Bird can help you with this if that is your calling.

Ready to Get Involved?

Many chapters already have outreach programs in place or are putting together their own Prayer Breakfasts at local Conference events, but if the chapter in your area doesn’t have a mission, then maybe you’re the person to volunteer to get something going. The Houston chapter leadership would be glad to help you get started.

We hope we haven’t overwhelmed you but start thinking and praying about the many threads the OCF has out there, plus a few the Lord may be leading us into. I pray God opens your heart and your time to do what He has called you to do. If the OCF is in His plans for you, don’t hold back.

Get Involved. Reach Out.

Contact OCF President John Bird or Bible Ministry Chairman Mike Chaffin via email. 
Or, contact your local chapter president if you want to help your local area’s chapter.

The OCF Bible App contains testimonies in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese in audio and print that are part of the Oil Patch Bible. The App also contains links to OCF social media and website. The App also houses an audio Bible that has over 1200 languages available to read or listen.

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Jul
24
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OCF Tulsa Luncheon @ Albert G's
Jul 24 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
OCF Tulsa Luncheon @ Albert G's | Tulsa | Oklahoma | United States

Meeting the last Wednesday of each month except December.

Time – 11:30am-12:45pm

Where:  Albert G’s located at 421 1st Street downtown Tulsa OK

RSVP to TulsaOCF@gmail.com for information.

See the Tulsa Chapter page for more information.

Jul
29
Mon
OCF of LAFAYETTE CHAPTER LUNCHEON @ Fezzo's
Jul 29 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

OCF OF LAFAYETTE CHAPTER LUNCHEON

WHEN:  11:30 AM EVERY THIRD MONDAY

WHERE: Fezzo’s -6701 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy, Broussard, LA  70518

SPEAKER: Benny Hasha

Bennie Hasha, born in Cameron,La grew up in an oilfield family. His dad and uncle started Gatorhawk in Lafayette. Benny owned an export packing company in Houston, retired and started a ministry to underprivileged kids and families in 1999.  Bennie and his wife Judy direct the ministry of Gospel Lakes Ranch in New Waverly, Tx.

COST: $23.00 pay at the door – Please RSVP

AN RSVP TO MIKE WOULD BE APPRECIATED SO A HEAD COUNT CAN BE ESTIMATED.  WALK INS WILL BE WELCOME.  BRING A FRIEND AND HELP RESTART THE OCF LAFAYETTE CHAPTER.

Contact

Mike Francis –  mike.francis@la.gov

Mackey Francis – mackey.francis@acmetruck.com

Aug
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OCF Oklahoma City luncheon @ City Rescue Mission
Aug 1 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
OCF Oklahoma City luncheon @ City Rescue Mission | Oklahoma City | Oklahoma | United States

OCF-OKC Lunch Meetings:

Who:       You (OCF-OKC and friends)

What:      OCF-OKC First Thursday Fellowship

When:    First Thursday, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Where:     City Rescue Mission Chapel / Banquet Hall, 800 W California Ave, OKC, OK 73106

Cost:      N.C. (Donations welcomed for Bibles & TttR; cash, check, or credit card accepted)
RSVP     no longer required.

For more information contact:
Jeff Hubbard, 405-550-4888, jhubbardsales@gmail.com OCF-OKC Chapter Leader.
Randy Patterson, 405-517-0820(cell/text), randyl.patterson@gmail.com, OCF-OKC Director of Communications

If you would like to donate by check, make it out to Oilfield Christian Fellowship of OKC and mail to:

Basin Engineering, attn: Jeff Hubbard 1117 NW 24th Street, OKC, OK 73106

Aug
6
Tue
OCF OF DALLAS LUNCHEON @ O’Melveny & Myers, LLP 16TH FLOOR
Aug 6 @ 11:30 am – 11:45 am
OCF OF DALLAS LUNCHEON @ O’Melveny & Myers, LLP 16TH FLOOR | Dallas | Texas | United States

Date/Time: ALWAYS THE FIRST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH – 11:30 am

Speaker:   Scott Royal, Founder of Woodbine Acquisition LLC and past board member for OCF Dallas & Fort Worth chapters

Cost:  Free meal is provided. 

Location: O’Melveny & Myers, LLP, 2801 North Harwood St, Suite 1600, Dallas, TX 75201

Parking Details: The parking garage is above ground in the same building, and it is free to park in the garage.  Garage entrance is located off Harry Hines Blvd. on the left – this is the West side of the building.   Drive up the ramp and park in any non-reserved spot in the garage. Take the garage elevators to the building lobby. Inform building security that you are a visitor at O’Melveny & Myers, and they will give you access to the 16th floor in the building elevators.  Someone will direct you to our meeting room on the 16th floor when you come out of the elevators.

Registration: RSVP here please CLICK HERE

Thank you to our lunch and venue sponsor, Jason Schumacher and the O’Melveny & Myers law firm. They have offered to provide us with a consistent meeting space so we’re trying this location out for a few months.  We will target 1 hour luncheons with arriving/self-serving lunch at 11:30am with a speaker starting by noon with a 20-30 minute session. There is flexibility for those interested in staying late to enjoy conversation. Inviting industry colleagues is encouraged!

 

Aug
7
Wed
OCF- ICT Wichita Chapter Luncheon @ Union Rescue Mission
Aug 7 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
OCF- ICT Wichita Chapter Luncheon @ Union Rescue Mission | Wichita | Kansas | United States

WHEN: First Wednesday of every month

Time: 11:30 -12:30

Where: Union Rescue Mission, 2800 N. Hillside St. Wichita KS

Speaker: Warren Martin – the voice of Kansas Oil and Gas

The Union Rescue Mission will provide lunch each month and a guest speaker will talk about how God has worked in their life.  A suggested $20 donation in cash or check to the Union Rescue Mission is suggested.  All proceeds go directly to them.  Currently no credit card charging is available. 

Email us at ocfict@gmail.com to RSVP and find out more about this new OCF Chapter. 

Call Justin Hamlin at 620-332-9066 for more information. 

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