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established May 1991

June/July 2010

1 John 1:3 “. . . Our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ.”

Our Heroes To the family and friends of these men, the Oilfield Christian Fellowship and the Oil Patch Chaplains extend their sincere condolences and prayers.

Blair Manuel

Stephen Curtis

In Memorial


he Oil Patch Bible has a dedication page. Its first paragraph reads; “This custom NIV Bible is dedicated to the thousands of unsung heroes, men and women in the oil industry, who literally help keep billions of us earthlings mobile and healthy, from the depths of the oceans to the Moon and beyond.” This hit home in a big way when, on April 20, 2010 nine Transocean Deepwater Horizon employees and two MISWACO mud engineers were killed in an instant. There aren’t any words to say when an accident of this magnitude happens. All who work in this industry are family and we have lost part of our family. Remember that when you pray. Pray for the families left behind. Pray for their loved ones. Comfort them in whatever way you can. Let them know they are loved. From the website you will find information on how to offer condolences. A memorial fund has also been set up and this website gives you the information and opportunity to donate. Transocean held a memorial service to honor the 11 lost crew members of the Deepwater Horizon. The service was held at the Jackson Convention Complex in Jackson, Mississippi. The event was a time of remembrance and honor, bringing together the Deepwater Horizon crew members, their families and friends, along with others touched by this tragedy.

Donald Clark Karl Kleppinger

Roy Wyatt Kemp

Aaron Dale Burkeen

Dewey Revette

Gordon Jones

Adam Weise

Shane Roshto

Jason Anderson Jason Anderson - Toolpusher Dewey Revette - Driller Donald Clark - Asst. Driller Stephen Curtis - Asst. Driller Dale Burkeen - Crane Operator Roy Kemp - Derrickhand Karl Kleppinger - Floorhand Shane Roshto - Floorhand Adam Weise - Floorhand Gordan Jones - MI SWACO Blair Manuel - MI SWACO page 1

The Smile Corner UNANSWERED PRAYER: The preacher’s five-year-old daughter noticed that her father always paused and bowed his head for a moment before starting his sermon. One day, she asked him why. ‘Well, Honey,’ he began, proud that his daughter was so observant of his messages, ‘I’m asking the Lord to help me preach a good sermon.’ ‘How come He doesn’t answer it ?’ she asked. BEING THANKFUL: A Rabbi said to a precocious six-year-old boy, ‘So your mother says your prayers for you each night? That’s very commendable. What does she say?’ The little boy replied, ‘Thank God he’s in bed !!!’

Mission Statement: To share the good news about Jesus Christ. Giving men and women in the oil industry the occasion to accept Christ as their personal Savior, and encouraging everyone in their walk with our Lord.

Seven Hundred Men and Women Attend 12th Annual Prayer Breakfast


t is always a blessing to see how God put’s everything together for the annual prayer breakfast; the exact attendees, the exact speaker in Mike Bahorich, the exact musical guests in Buddy Greene and Jeff Taylor, the men of strong faith in Don Carpenter and Jim Cook who lifted everyone up in prayer and Mike Chaffin who shared about the growth of the Bible ministry around the world. The words spoken, the songs selected and the prayers voiced were all inspired by the Holy Spirit and seamlessly conveyed to an attentive and appreciative audience. Appreciative in the fact eleven fellow workers had died and this being heavy everyone’s mind, the Holy Spirit comforted all with the tone of the program. Mike Bahorich spoke about each of us having so many days here on earth and we either live it for Him or live it for ourselves. He spoke about a friend John Slack who God used to lead him to the Lord in college and of his recent unexpected death at an early age. One way that he honored this man was to have John’s mom and dad at his table, whom he introduced. His analogy was of an hour glass and asked the question in closing, “Have you ever thought about how much time you have left to serve Him rather than your selfish desires? Have you ever thought about how much sand is left in your hour Keynote speaker Mike Bahorich, Apache glass?” “Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered, and that my life is fleeing away. Psalm 119:19 “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18

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Co Founder of the OCF Jim Teague surprised John Bird, flying in from Pittsburgh

Mike Chaffin spoke about the Bible Ministry . . . continued on p. 4

Bird’s Eye View by John Bird

Don’t Do It!!

— I am not just a twitter away!


lease don’t do it! Please don’t ask me to join you on Face book. Don’t text me, don’t Skype me, don’t drop box me, don’t blog me and for heaven’s sake don’t put me on your Twitter list. Why do I ask you not to do this? I have no time left for them! No, I’m not antisocial, rather just the opposite, I want to have more time to socialize; namely with my wife! You know, actually make eye contact and engage in a civil conversation rather than staring at a computer screen or I Phone screen for hours. Maybe she I need to twitter each other for more time in conversation: She: “I’m at the store. Do you want white bread or wheat? Hold it..I need to go to the bath room.” (Do I need to hear this?!) “Can you believe they are out of toilet paper and by the way this floor is a mess.” (Is this important to me? Is it that important for her to take the time to thumb this message to me?) Me: “Hey Hun I gotta run. I think some Mormons are at the door.” She: “Don’t let them in! Are you sure they’re Mormons? Me: “Well, they’re either Mormons are two guys from the geek squad at the wrong house! She: “Don’t let them in!” Me: “I’ll see you when you get home and pick me up some Bing cherries; I think I may have a gout attack coming on.”

Who needs this! ‘Thumbs” down and pardon the pun, a bad waste of time and who cares about knowing every detail of a person’s life including bodily functions? Here’s a novel idea…….call the person! As you can tell, I look upon these things as time consumers, fads and impractical! But wait there’s more, there are ‘app’ wars going on now between phone companies. (Short for applications.) I kid you not. With a straight face this store clerk, (They’re called associates now.) this associate tells me, that I need to get an I Phone because AT&T has over 100,000 apps while the Verizon Droid, yes this is the name of a phone and not a character from the Tales of Narnia, has only 20,000 apps! (I pity the kid who might have to go through life with only 20,000 apps to choose from.) Without looking into these apps I can tell you it is a vast wasteland just like having 1000 TV channels to choose from. And some of the apps you don’t

want to know about. For example, recently I was shown an app that lists the calories for every item at every fast food restaurant in the US! I did not want to learn that a Jaffa Mocha Chiller from Sonic has 760 calories and 25 grams of fat!! It’s one of my favorite drinks, so it ruined my day! TMI! I have a Black Berry Storm which only has enough capacity to hold 6 apps. I have the Bible with concordance, Fox News, The Weather Station, Google Search, The dictionary and a level. What else do I need? No, I don’t need the sound and video of every firearm known to mankind like my grandson demonstrated recently on his Dad’s I Phone. Clever, but I’m already deaf from actually firing some of the weapons he listens to for amusement. Well enjoy all this mass of electronics now because the Bible tells us that the path to Heaven is narrow; no room for I Phones, Wii’s and luggage and certainly no need for them. The Narrow and Wide Gates “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.” Matthew chapter 7:13-14

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12th Annual Prayer Breakfast

12th Annual Prayer Breakfast. . . continued from p. 2

Don Carpenter, former Jim Cook, OCF board world wide drilling manger member and engineer for ExxonMobil had the voiced the closing prayer opening prayer

John Bird, president and cofounder of the OCF gave the traditional challenge

This year’s challenges are two fold

Each year a challenge is given to the audience to act upon opportunities to further serve our industry by sharing the Good News about Jesus Christ. Whether it be to build a chapel within the man camp in Big Piney, Wyoming, provide nearly $80,000 for a winterized trailer and diesel truck for chaplains to drive each day into the Wamsutter oil fields with the Word of God, or the funds to provide over 100,000 Oil Patch Bibles sent around the world, men and women in the oil patch have always responded.

First Challenge

Ever since John was inspired by God one September morning in 2003 to create a custom made NIV Bible for the oil patch, a particular scene has never left his mind. It is a vision of a Russian roughneck on a rig in Siberia. It is very cold and it is bleak. The worker has never owned a Bible much less ever seen one, but on this day he is handed an Oil Patch Bible written in his own language and he begins to read the testimonies and the scriptures for the very first time. He quickly identifies and is intrigued when he reads the poem written by a fellow derrick hand in Texas. “He does what I do!” He reads about how Elijah Baxter found this same book on a rig much like his and by reading it, he came to know this Christ and to “…really be free.” At first he doesn’t understand what this man is saying; “But I feel the warmth of my Savior, it’s so good to be alive.” “Alive” he murmurs, ‘warmth’, he asks almost mockingly! I’m miserably cold, no one loves me and no one cares whether I live or die.” But inspired by the peace and joy this Elijah seems to have, he begins to read the scriptures and soon he invites Christ into his heart, his life is changed forever and he can hardly wait to share the Good News with others. “…it is (indeed) so good to be alive!” It is John’s desire and the board of directors desire for this scenario to be repeated anywhere in the world where there is an oil and gas production presence; not only for rig hands but presidents of oil companies and anyone in between. Therefore, God’s Word for the Oil Patch; Fuel for the Soul, aka Oil Patch Bible, has been translated into Russian and Chinese and they will be printed when the funds are provided.

Second Challenge “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

Psalm 27:17 A couple of months ago OCF director Jim Schmidt made a suggestion that the OCF reach out to the heads of companies, both operators and service leaders. He suggested that we send them a Bible and a letter and sent John a general letter to consider. John’s response was that it was a good idea but he was focused on the final days of the prayer breakfast and would not be able to consider it until after May 4th. Moreover John asked if he had a follow-up plan after the Bibles and letters were sent which he thought would be needed. John pretty much put it on the back-burner and mostly forgot about it . . . continued on p. 5

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12th Annual Prayer Breakfast. . . continued from p. 4 until awakened at 3:18 AM one morning thinking about this subject again and it instantly became clear; God put on his heart that the most powerful thing that one can do for another is to pray for them! This said the plan is to send a very short letter to every President/CEO in the country and let them know that two people from the OCF are praying for them every day for a year beginning September 1st. There are approximately 2500 heads of Service and Operating Companies including the U.S. and Canada, so potentially up to 5000 volunteers are needed to commit to commit to this endeavor. (If you are one of those who would like to do so, simply go to the OCF web site www.OilfieldChristianFellowship. com , then go to the bottom right hand side of the home page and click on ‘contact us’. Then under John Bird, click on ‘e mail’ and another screen will come up. Fill in the information and then write in the comment section; “Yes, I will volunteer to pray for the president of a company for two years, beginning September 1st. Send me this persons name when it becomes available.” We are doing this because these leaders are under a lot of daily pressures to make the right decisions; decisions that corporately affect all of us in this industry. And secondly it is a way of saying thanks for their help in putting food on our tables, kids through college and so on. Some of you have already volunteered to do this and we say Thanks!

Also, a big thanks to someone you know by name but not by sight, our treasurer Gayle Stimson and his wife Norma. Gayle and his wife spent eleven years in France as administrative missionaries with the International Mission Board after they finished their careers; he in the family furniture business and she a librarian. He is also on staff at the Second Baptist Church, north campus and manages the book store. Last but not least we could not have had such a great event if it hadn’t been for everyone who donated to the OCF through individual tickets, table sponsors, underwriter tables, platinum underwriter tables and title underwriter tables and they are as follows:

Earl points out some good topics in his latest book to Mike Chaffin.

A Special thanks to Earl Heard, founder and owner of BIC magazine who donated several of his latest book Earl’s Pearl’s which raised several hundred dollars for the general OCF fund.

More scenes from the event!

And thanks to our great group of ushers who volunteer to do everything needed to make the event run smoothly: left to right, Ken Lyons, Earl Babin, Blake Bird, Jay Sims, Pat Hudson and Bill Humppi and others who served are not shown. . . . continued on p. 6 page 5

New Beginnings by Mike Chaffin “I wish I could start over,” she said. Many people wish this every day. Maybe it’s regrets about their job, a relationship that has been damaged, or life in general hasn’t gone as they planned. Something has gone wrong and they wish they could start over. Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” John 4:39 The Samaritan woman came to the well to gather water in the mid-day, a time when only outcasts collected water. She had been rejected, or shamed, from gathering water in the morning with the other women of the village. How many times she must have made the walk in the heat of the day, alone, wishing she had done things differently. Jesus, having just arrived for this very encounter, asked this woman for a drink. She, seeing he was a Jew, asked why he even talked to her. Jesus, who knows all things, told her about her past and her present condition. He also told her He was the Messiah. She believed and left her water at the well to run and tell others in the village that the Messiah was here, in their town. Of course, this cursed woman, this outcast, wasn’t believed at first, but many of them did believe her story and others believed her enough to go see Jesus for themselves. She encountered Jesus and received Him as Savior, changing her so much that she didn’t fear the ridicule of the villagers. She went and boldly told them of her encounter. Jesus changed her life and those of her fellow villagers and she was given a new life and a new start. You can bet the next morning there was a rap at her door. It was the other ladies with their water pots, waiting for her to go with them to the well. Are you burdened today with the woes of this world, regrets of things gone wrong or burdens too hard to bear? Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” The answer is only a prayer away.

First Wyoming Prayer Breakfast Held at Western Wyoming Community College by Chaplain Pam Crabtree


he Oilfield Christian Fellowship of Wyoming celebrated its first Prayer Breakfast, on April 17th with guest speakers, Quint Wagner, Sales Representative for Quail Tool & Tom Beddow, Coordinator of Oil Patch Chaplains from Oklahoma City. Our special music guests were Connie Scott and Wendy Jepson. There were 44 guests attending the event, held at the Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs. Everyone there was challenged as Quint shared about the importance of keeping our values & virtues while under the pressures of the oil patch in a slow economic swing. Tom guided us in seeking out the lost and the importance of sharing Christ with them. We look forward to how God is going to use this Chapter to bring glory to Himself in the Oil Patch and beyond.

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special thanks goes out to all those who financially underwrote the singing talent for the 12th Annual OTC Prayer Breakfast. Buddy Greene and Jeff Taylor made everyone feel at home with their brand of music and humor. Buddy, who travels and sings with the Gaither Family, put together six songs that couldn’t have been more appropriate for the message brought during the breakfast. It was no coincidence the sequence of songs as God had His hand on the entire event. Our thanks go out to Buddy for hearing the Lord and responding. Jeff, a multi-talented musician joined in on accordion and keyboard, and kept the banter light hearted and uplifting. Jeff had just flown in from a music festival where he had headlined with Elvis Costello and the Sugarcanes. He will be touring Europe with Elvis and the Sugarcanes for five weeks this summer. Buddy and Jeff, where ever they go, and whatever kind of music they play, always lift up the name of Jesus, letting His light shine through them. If you didn’t get a chance to purchase some of their music you can go to and make a purchase from his website. The OCF board of directors and advisors are already praying and planning for next 13th Annual Prayer Breakfast to be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 See you there!

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

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Jeff Taylor

The Oilfield Christian Fellowship of Houston

When: 11:45 am until 12:45 pm Wednesday June 2, 2010 and July 7, 2010 Guest Speaker June: Eric Gentles with Encana - career change to become a missionary to Tanzania Guest Speaker July: Heber Morales, Transocean Place: Houston First Baptist Church, SW corner of I-10 and 610 Web Site: E-Mail: – Hm. 281 359 1258, 1st Wed. each month

The Oilfield Christian Fellowship of Perryton, Texas

When: Tuesday June 8, and July 13, 2010 Always 2nd Tuesday of each month • Time: 6 AM Breakfast - $15 Where: Smoke House Restaurant – 210 SE 24th Street June Speaker: TBA • July Speaker: TBA For more information: Call, Mike Riley • 806-228-8393 or Bill Skaggs (806)-435-0686

The Oilfield Christian Fellowship of Pittsburgh, PA Time: 11:30 AM until 12:45 PM Date: Wednesday June 9 and July 14, 2010 • 2nd Wed. each month June Guest Speaker: TBA • July Guest Speaker: TBA Place: Tambellini’s in Bridgeville Web Site: E-Mail: – Cell#: 724-331-8638

Oilfield Christian Fellowship of Dallas

When: Tuesday, June 15th and July 20th, 2010 ([3rd Tuesday of month] 11:45 am to 12:45 pm • Where: Brookhaven Country Club Cost: Lunch $25 (no credit cards please) June Guest Speaker: Judy Youngs Executive Director/Director of Development Rocky Top Therapy Center; July Guest Speaker: Dr. Michael Relton Subject: “Dear God...Prayer Book - Simple, Powerful Prayers That Work!” For Reservations call Hoss Smith at 972.239.3666 or NOTE: reservations must be made by Friday prior to the Tuesday Meeting

The Oilfield Christian Fellowship of Fort Worth

Monday June 7 and July 6, 2010 11:30 AM to 12:45 PM June Guest Speaker: Eric Gentles with Encana - career change to become a missionary to Tanzania July Guest Speaker: Bill Chamblee with Sports Ministry of North Texas Where: The Petroleum Club of Fort Worth Lunch: $20.00 • Contact Scott Royal for details 817-339-0831 - – 1st Mon. each month

Oilfield Christian Fellowship of Oklahoma City

When: June 3rd, 2010, July 1st, 2010 [lst Thursday of each Month] 11:30 AM – 12:50 PM -Twin Hills Country Club (3401 NE 36th, just east of I-35) Speaker: TBA • Just show up (no RSVP needed; cost: $20) Rick Johnson, 405-426-4310 (O), 405-313-9417 (C), or Joye Andarakes, 405-426-4524, Visit:

Oilfield Christian Fellowship of Tulsa

When: 11:30 AM until 12:45 PM Wednesday June 30 and July 28, 2010 June Guest: TBA • July Guest Speaker: TBA Where: BOK/WILLIAMS CENTER CAFÉ. Information: Jim Schmidt at 918 810 7114 •

The Oilfield Christian Fellowship of Denver

When: 11:45 am until 12:45 pm Wednesday June 23, 2010 and July 28, 2010 Guest Speaker June: Patrick Rutty, Urban Missionary Experience Guest Speaker July: Lon Stuebinger, Lifewater International Mission update Place: 1401 17th St., Suite 1200 Web Site: E-Mail RSVP: ; 3rd Wed. each month

Oilfield Christian Fellowship of Midland-Odessa

[3rd Wed. each month] CALL FOR SPECIFICS -11:30 a.m. to 12:45p.m. NOTE: Scott and Don are changing Venues: Call for updates RSVP by emailing or call • Speaker: TBA Contacts: Scott Willingham -Cell- (432) 238-0458 •

The Oilfield Christian Fellowship of Corpus Christi When: 11:30 am until 1:00 pm Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 and July 14th, 2010 Cost: $15.00 (cash or check) June Guest Speaker: Mr. Walt Tehan, VP-Operations, R. Lacy Company July Special Presentation: Gospel Force; gospel singing group Place: First United Methodist Church of Corpus Christi Web Site: Contact: Greg Garbe or Bo Waters @ 361-693-4001

The Oilfield Christian Fellowship of Tyler

When: 11:30 am until 1:00 pm Wednesday June 9, 2010, July 14th, 2010 Cost: $15.00 (cash or check) Guest Speaker: Dr. John English, Bethesda Medical Clinic July Guest Speaker: TBA • Place: Hollytree CC Web Site: Contact: Caroline Powers 903-526-4680

The Oilfield Christian Fellowship of Fort St. John, B.C.

No meetings during the months of May, June, July, and August Our next meeting will be @ 7:00 PM Thursday Sept 23, 2010 (4th Thursday of each month thereafter) Fellowship, Coffee, and Dessert at Whole Wheat & Honey Café (100th & 100th) A local FSJ oil patch person will share their walk with our Lord or speak about oil patch faith issues Tickets available at the door $7.50 each Call Pieter Hoogenboom for more information • 250.262.5747 or 250.827.3936

The Oilfield Christian Fellowship of Grand Junction When: 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm Thursday June 10 and July 8, 2010 June Guest Speaker: TBA • July Guest Speaker: TBA Place: Canyonview Vineyard Church Web Site: E-Mail: – Hm. 970-314-7628 2nd Thurs. each month

The Oilfield Christian Fellowship of Morgan City

When: June 25 and August 27, 2010 June Guest Speaker: Jerry Gauthier – Oceaneering VP and General Manager Americas August Guest Speaker: TBA Cost: $15 • Where: Dixie Grill 7408 Hwy 182 E, Morgan City, LA 70380 Call Greg Roussel: 985.397.2360 Last Friday of every other month (bimonthly)

The Oilfield Christian Fellowship of Wyoming

When: June 3, 2010 Where: Wamsutter Baptist Church 219 McCormick Road; Wamsutter, Wy. 82336 What Time: 6 pm • Cost: June Guest Speaker: • July Guest Speaker: Contact numbers are Pam Crabtree, 417-880-8727 or Barbara Lundsford 828.713.8189

The Oilfield Christian Fellowship of Covington

When: NOTE: July 28th , 2010 (Now meeting every other month) Time: 11:30am-12:30pm • Cost: July Guest Speaker: TBA Where: Fleur de Lis Event Center, 1645 N Causeway Blvd, Mandeville Louisiana Call: Jody Blaylock-504-400-7768 or Normally last Wednesday of the month

Oilfield Christian Fellowship of Lafayette

Note: Meetings held quarterly When: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm – Date: Where: First Baptist Church Lafayette Speaker: TBA Cost: $15 per person For reservations call Greg Bruton @ 337-593-8700 on Prior Monday

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