Dr. Don & Elizabeth Royvandersuzy2018-01-18T02:08:16-06:00
Dr. Don & Elizabeth Roy, OIC Western Europe Director
We’re headed back to Europe in November 2017 to teach Module 4 in France. We completed our program in Germany in April and we’re currently talking with the elders of another church in southern Germany who want us to start a program there in the Spring of 2018. Also in April, Tarkus and Autumn Mossberg represented OIC at the Gospel 21 Conference in Hamburg, Germany. There were people from all over Europe at the conference, so we’ll see what the Lord does in terms of new pastors who might desire our training. In May, we went to Paris to teach Module 3 with an enthusiastic group there (as they are everywhere we go!).
That the Lord would bless our teaching time in the Fall in such as way that the church in Europe is strengthened.
That God would use the Gospel 21 Conference to connect us with people who resonate with OIC’s mission and strategic objective.
That God would make known to us where he would have us go after we complete Module 4 this year in all three locations where we are currently teaching.
I 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.
I started serving with OIC in May of 2014 when we accompanied Wayne and Susie 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.
Nasci em um lar não cristão, cheio de conflitos, e acabei por sair de casa ainda jovem. Encontrei um trabalho para me sustentar e para pagar a faculdade. Aos 22 anos, quando trabalhava como caixa em um banco, um dos meus colegas de trabalho testemunhava para mim constantemente e me convidava para igreja. Em um dado momento, concordei em ir apenas para que ele parasse de me incomodar. No culto, o pregador falou sobre a ideia de ter um relacionamento pessoal com Jesus, o que era um conceito completamente novo para mim. Fui para casa e pedi a Deus, que se isso fosse verdade, que ele mostrasse a Si mesmo para mim. Naquela noite fui convencida dos meus pecados, e não quis saber de mais nada além de Jesus. Uma semana depois disso, conheci Don. Casamos cerca de um ano depois e temos, até hoje, aproveitado o crescimento que Deus nos dá em servir juntos a Ele. Me tornei interessada no aconselhamento bíblico porque realmente vejo que ele é sobre aplicar as escrituras em nossas vidas, de maneira muito prática. Amo compartilhar a glória das Boas Novas com as pessoas, e aconselhar biblicamente, certamente é uma parte especial disto.