Tom & Patty Maxham, OIC East Africa Director

Current Update on the OIC East Africa Ministry

c4b01544e3b0583c8c6f288ca40c185fUpdate for January 2017:

Our prayer request for the provision of books for Module 1 has been answered! We obtained a source for 200 Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands books at a discounted rate and the license rights to print 300 copies for Module 1 in March. Please praise the Lord for the support and generosity of Paul Tripp Ministries, P&R Publishing, and IBCD!



  • For 40 books donated
  • For 160 books provided at a great discount
  • For the license rights granted for 300 copies to be printed
  • For Paul Tripp Ministries, P&R Publishing, and IBCD
Prayer Requests:
  • For donations for the total cost to provide the books for Module 1
  • To transport 200 books in our luggage
  • For the printing of 300 copies in Uganda
  • God to be glorified! Isa 43:7

We need and appreciate your ongoing prayers for OIC in Uganda.

If you would like to support our ministry in Uganda please send your gift to: OIC P.O. Box 17566, Louisville, KY 40217

Please specify “Maxham” in the memo line. All donations are tax deductible. OIC is a non-profit 501(c)3.

Tom’s Story

I first learned about biblical counseling when I was given a book titled, How to Counsel God’s Way and soon after that read Competent to Counsel by Jay Adams. Ever since then I have recognized the sufficiency of God’s word for counseling. I believe that the concept of “sufficiency” sets apart true biblical counseling from all other types of counseling done by Christians. I’ve been counseling regularly since 2003. Early on, I realized that to lead this type of ministry I needed more training and so completed the Association of Biblical Counselors Association (ACBC) certification and a master of arts degree in biblical counseling from The Master’s College. I now counsel regularly within my local church and with the Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship (IBCD). Biblical counseling has consistently resulted in my personal growth and miraculous change in the lives of struggling people in a way that truly brings God the glory.

I retired early from my position as a Deputy Fire Chief to be able to serve more full-time in ministry.  I currently serve as the pastor/elder of Adult Ministries with Grace Bible Church in Escondido, California (San Diego county). After attending OIC’s first Missionary Training Conference in Fairview Heights, IL, I knew that the ministry of OIC was definitely of interest to Patty and I. We now serve OIC as the East Africa Director.

Favorite verse: John 21:15

Patty’s Story

roysI see my primary role as my husband’s helpmate (Gn 2:18) and so to help with his ministry calling to care for the church; not only our home church, but also teaching the greater church. I’ve learned much about biblical counseling through “on-the-job” training by getting involved in the lives of many struggling people as I am often called to be in counseling with Tom and to pray with him. I love to see people provided with solid answers from Scripture and given hope by pointing them to Christ. I am also learning to care for others through discipling ladies in our church and as a former college instructor really enjoy teaching women’s Bible studies. As our children are grown, I am now blessed with grandchildren, using my love for music as a part of the Sunday morning worship team, and being a part of many church activities as a member of the women’s committee.

Favorite book: Galatians

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