Dr. Don & Elizabeth Roy, OIC西ヨーロッパディレクター

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Current Update for the Western Europe Ministry

Don & Elizabeth sqIn March of 2015, we were part of the Overseas Instruction in Counseling (OIC) teaching team for a one-day Introduction to Biblical Counseling Seminar in Amsterdam. We had 55 people from 21 churches attending.
In November 2015, we were again part of the OIC team in Amsterdam and taught the three-day Module 1 of OIC’s four module program.
After Amsterdam, we went to Paris to teach the One-Day Intro Seminar. The horrific terrorist attacks in Paris occurred the night before we were scheduled to teach the seminar.  Despite the shock of the attacks, our hosts decided that we should go ahead with the seminar.  We had a small group, but enough to determine that we will continue with the full modular program.
Also in November 2015, we taught Module 1 to a group of 60 people in Syke, Germany (just south of Bremen).

Don: I started serving with OIC in May of 2014 when we accompanied Wayne and Susa915702074fe9e653e3980375678a9d0ie on a survey trip to the Netherlands, followed by an observation trip to Word of Life Hungary.  Since then, I helped Wayne teach an Intro to Biblical Counseling Seminar in Amsterdam and have been coordinating the start of a Modular program in the Netherlands, Germany and France.  I’m excited to see what God is doing in Western Europe as opportunities to bring biblical counseling training to the church in Europe are also opening up in England with the possibility of other counties soon to follow.

Elizabeth: My first ministry has always been to my husband and my family.  We’ve been married for 36 years and I homeschooled all ten of our children – and am still homeschooling the youngest three. Throughout the years, women would often come to me for counsel, so I sought training and was certified by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) in 2005. Since then, I have counseled both formally and informally as occasions arise and serve as a support to my husband as we frequently minister together.

Don’s Story

unnamed-2I grew up very religious and looked to my good works as the way to heaven.  At the end of my junior year of college in 1977, I was experiencing an emptiness in my life. Though I had accomplished most everything I wanted to through high school and college, each achievement failed to being the fulfillment I had come to expect. Right at that time, God saved my father who, in turn, asked if I would read some books he wanted to send to me. I read the books, was captivated by the descriptions of a relationship with Jesus and immediately prayed the sinner’s prayer at the back of the book. Through a 30 year Navy career, 4 years working at a local consulting company, and raising 10 children, God was gracious as both my wife and I learned and grew spiritually over the years. Like my wife, I started counseling as a ministry and was certified by ACBC in 2006. I left my job at the end of 2011 to pursue a DMin in Biblical Counseling and began teaching biblical counseling in churches and prisons in my area. Working with OIC was a natural fit since counseling and teaching biblical counseling has become a passion and one way in which I can serve God’s people.

Elizabeth’s Story

roysHaving grown up in a non-Christian home that was full of strife, I moved out on my own while still young.  I found a job to provide for myself and pay for college. At age 22, while working as a bank teller, one of my co-workers witnessed to me frequently and invited me to church.  At one point, I agreed to attend just to get him to stop bothering me. While at the service, the preacher spoke about having a personal relationship with Jesus, which was an entirely new concept to me.  I went home and asked God that, if this was true, to show Himself to me. That night, I was convicted of my sins and wanted nothing more than to know more about Jesus. A week later, I met Don.  We married about a year later and have enjoyed growing in our relationship with God and serving Him together. I became interested in biblical counseling because it is really about applying Scripture to our lives in very practical ways. I love to share the glorious Good News with people and biblical counseling is a special part of that.

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