Hi everyone, My name is Jim Orcutt. I just began the core module, and I am excited to learn from RZIM and all of you to better engage other world views. My teen years were difficult. I abused alcohol and pot, & spent a month in reform school. I went in the Marines at 17, and did a tour in Vietnam, A few months after discharge I invited Jesus into my life. Several months later I was 1 of 5 police recruits hired out of a pool of 477 applicants to a large suburban department even though I had been in that jail 3 times as a teenager. I was well suited for law enforcement and enjoyed my job. I was a firearms and defensive tactics instructor for many years. I was also a member of a four man team that won a master class, pistol, national championship. In addition I was also an emergency medical technician. I saw many people revive while I did CPR and prayed. Jesus is so gracious and has done so many wonderful things in my life including healing a totally severed tendon in my hand two years ago.
I now live in East Texas, USA with my wife, & ministry partner, Linda. We met in high school and reconnected eleven years ago after not seeing one another for 43 years. I had the honor of leading her to faith in Christ and we married several months later. We are now 70 years young, and very engaged in several ministries. My wife and I lead a prison ministry team at one of two prisons near us. Most of our services are prerecorded, but a few times a year we conduct live services. Team members open and close the services, and pray with the attendees after the service. Our services average more than 100 inmates weekly. We also host a prison bible study that averages about 40 inmates. We are currently studying “Grace Revolution” with an accompanying work book, by Joseph Prince. Among our attendees are a couple pastors, and several inmates working on ministry degrees. The men are really enjoying the study and we are seeing many being set free from condemnation, guilt and shame. The chaplain asked us if we could create a study on grieving behind bars. We put together a 102 page booklet that is in the approval process with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). My wife teaches computer skills and bible study at a women’s ministry, I am mentoring at a men’s ministry, and we are about to launch a 12-step recovery program at a second, nearby prison We so enjoy the work God has led us into that we schedule fun times around our ministry events. Thank you for taking time to read my introduction. May God richly bless your journey with him!