“If your vision is for a year, plant wheat; If your vision is for ten years, plant trees; If your vision is for a lifetime, plant people.” Chinese proverb
My mentor and good friend Chaplain Floyd Bland is leaving Okaloosa Correctional Institution to minister in California. He has been a great blessing to me and this ministry. Too much to share in a short blog.
Suffice it to say that he was an extraordinary counselor and minister to the men he served. With respect to this ministry, he provided us training, help with clearances and special requests, and help with personnel issues too many to list. He is largely responsible for giving Burning Bright Ministries the vision and encouragement to be in up to 5 different correctional facilities on a weekly basis.
He has an extensive resume. He has a Doctorate in Divinity (his thesis was on prison ministry), worked with Chuck Colson Ministries as a director in California, and most recently served as head chaplain at OCI for over ten years. He has touched the lives of thousands, both inmates and volunteers. He has also written an excellent book on practical Christian living entitled “The Christian Heritage: God’s Answers for a Searching World.” (You can purchase it through Amazon.)
Great honor to have been able to work with you in the ministry Chaplain Bland!
God bless you and yours sir.
Revelation 5:11-14 Worthy is the Lamb!