We are passionate about providing soul care to God’s people. We have been privileged to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in seventeen countries around the world.
As active members of a local church, both Tara and I possess a combined ministry experience of over forty years. We are convicted that every New Testament church, both locally and globally, should be centered on and dedicated to the absolute authority, sufficiency, and inspiration of Scripture (Psa 19:7-11; Rom 12:1; Gal 3:10; 2 Tim 3:16-17; 1 Thess 2:13; Heb 4:12; Rev 22:18-19). Such a commitment to equip the saints in the transforming knowledge and wisdom of God’s Word will inevitably give churches a great opportunity to create a culture of soul care, which focuses on biblical discipleship, counseling, and fulfilling the “one-anothers.” Through OIC, we desire to come alongside and assist local churches in the Japan to establish a culture of soul care.
The goal of OIC Japan is to come alongside pastors and other church leaders and train them to build biblically based, Christ-centered counseling ministries within their churches. We train them to train other brothers and sisters in Christ to adequately provide effective biblical counsel for believers struggling with various spiritual heart issues. This soul-care training enables local churches and individual believers to effectively reach out into their communities to bring help and hope to the lost and suffering. Each soul care provider points them to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, His Word, and Spirit… the only true source for lasting change that glorifies (Isa 43:7) and pleases God (2 Cor 5:9), and produces lasting joy in every believer committed to a Christ-centered life (Ps 37:4).
In addition, as the OIC Japan Director, I prayerfully reach out to network with other churches that are interested in biblical counseling training. I am also committed to challenge, motivate, recruit, and equip other ministry partners to continue to invest in biblical counseling training and teaching in other churches.
As the Lord provides new short and long-term avenues of ministry, both Tara and I remain committed to seeking out more effective biblical means to enhance OIC Japan. We desire to remain aware of and evaluate the current trends affecting OIC Japan and any partnering local churches.
We are also committed to continually raising awareness of OIC among U.S. based churches by participating in local church mission events and conferences. The hope is to increase partnerships, financial support, and prayer support among various churches and age groups.