Historic events, as they progressively occur among all people group, tribes, nations, and tongues, do not happen by accident or chance as some may argue. The exclusivity of divine providential sovereignty over history must be acknowledged. The story of the rise of biblical counseling as a movement in Brazil is an example of God’s providential dealings among Brazilians. . .
Tom Sugimura lives in southern California with his wife, Amanda, and their four children. He is a team member with the biblical counseling training ministry, Overseas Instruction in Counseling (OIC),…
From the early years of his ministry, biblical counseling became the driving vigor for Roberto’s ministry to God’s people. He is convinced that the words the Holy Spirit spoke through Apostle Paul to Timothy are trustworthy and worthy of acceptance for the world today, namely that “All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:16-17 ESV). . . .
Dennis Pires and his wife of 15 years, Ivette, serve as one of the Overseas Instruction in Counseling (OIC) Coordinators in Brazil. At the early age of 19, Dennis sensed the Lord calling him to Christian ministry. While Dennis did not know how or where the Lord intended to use him, he was convinced of this call.
Both Tom and Patty have had a heart to serve in Uganda since the Lord called them to a life in the ministry of biblical soul care. Being local Southern Californians, Their passion for ministry at home matches one of their hearts’ greatest desires, to see the ministry of the Word taught to local pastors in Uganda so their churches are strengthened and more lives are brought to Christ.
Dan and Mam Rutledge faithfully serve the Lord in Thailand at Heart Redeemed Ministry, a ministry oriented towards training church leaders in biblical counseling. Although Dan and Mam come from very different backgrounds, God brought them together to serve in Mam’s home country, Thailand. . .
The ministry of Overseas Instruction in Counseling (OIC) in Brazil began in June 2018, through Tiago Wagner’s desire for more qualified biblical counselors, for Tiago saw his country’s desperate need for biblical counseling.
s. In Adrian’s early pastoral career, he was told that he should be a psychologist instead of a pastor because of his interest in relational ministry. But, by that point, he had already come to recognize the most powerful tools available for transforming lives, “All major transformations have come from the Word of God and being accountable to the local church.”
The desire and passion to pastor missionaries defines Jenuan Lira’s purpose in ministry. He is one of the newly elected national coordinators of Overseas Instruction in Counseling (OIC) in Brazil. Having been born into a missions-loving family, Jenuan’s love for missionaries was influenced and nurtured from his youthful age.
Nic Wassell is a teacher for Overseas Instruction in Counseling (OIC) who serves periodically in Ethiopia leading OIC’s Church Leadership Training program (CLT) for a local group of pastors in eastern parts of the country, a region that is predominately Muslim. . . Nic originally intended to go to medical school in his early years. . .
A decade ago, upon his return home after theological training, Tiago quickly identified two major dilemmas that were present in his home state in Brazil. First, his home state was the least evangelized in the country. Second, there was no biblical counseling training center or any local church that modeled biblical counseling in their ministry.
While working with a youth organization in Belgium, Anne Dryburgh began to see the great need for certified biblical counselors to minister to and train the local women. She also met many abused women in marriages where children were present and/or fellow victims, which led her to pursue work in the areas of substance addictions, abuse, and depression. . .