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At the heart of any ministry lies the heart of their staff. The warm and loving staff of OAIM are volunteers who give of their free time to help those who are hurting find God's answers to their everyday problems. Because of the nature of our work, we have had some lately who have added the OAM to their name but who are merely trying to stand in the way of the work God has set before us. We also have some who have used their affiliation with us to counsel on their own. This is why we ask you to always consult this page for verification as to whether someone who is using the name OAM is really one of our staff members or not. Please note that capitalization is not a factor with Yahoo so the letters may or may not be capitalized. 

Our staff members go through an intensive application process and are trained in both the Bible and biblical counseling as they work with people. We do not do pyschological counseling (see our article on biblical counseling and on psychology for more information on our stance on psychological counseling). We believe that God asks all Christians to guide each other through life's problems by applying the Bible to our own lives and then helping others to do the same in their own lives. If you are interested in joining the OAIM staff, please read our page for those who are interested in becoming counselors with us. We strongly suggest that prospective counselors read the book, "PyschoHeresy" by Martin and Deidre Bobgan (you can also view their site), which we consider a prerequisite to being accepted to work with OAIM.






Pare's Testimony

I am 67, been married to Charlotte since 1962, and they've been wonderful years. We have three daughters who have blessed us with nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. I grew up in a Christian family, and at the age of 17, I joined the Navy for a four-year hitch. During that time, I met and married my wife.

For the next 23 years I turned from my Christian roots and ran from God as far and as fast as I could.

After years of futile searching for answers to life, God called me back to Himself at the age of 40. I attended and then graduated from Faith Bible College on June 1, 1986.

I have been part of a jail ministry for a time and have been involved in many small home-bible-study groups. I believe God has called me to be a pastor, but not in the traditional sense. I have discovered that my real heart is in personal one-on-one witnessing and counseling.

As a result of my past involvement in world religions, the occult and cults, and a span of several years as a self-professed atheist, I have spent many years on the studies of comparative religion, the occult and cults so as to be equipped to give an answer to every man who asks of me a reason of the hope that is within me (1 Peter 3:15). I have devoted many years to the study of His written word to show myself proved unto God, a workman that need not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15), believing that all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 4:16). God has blessed me richly by leading many godly Christians to help and to be a part of this Internet ministry, which has gone far past any expectations I originally had. Many have been blessed through Open Arms Ministry, and those of us who have been involved have been blessed as well. I thank God for each and every one of them.


I'm 50, and Ive been a Christian since July 19, 1969. I don't have any children, but I do have two cats and a dog. I've been divorced since July 1999, after being married for three and half years (yes, I did have biblical reasons). I come from a Christian family (I've been a Christian since I was 9) and my parents just celebrated their 61st anniversary this past September! I enjoy working with teens (I've taught high school Spanish and French for 22 years) and singles (I was single until I was 36). I have spent many years in various forms of Christian service, including 6 months in Paris as a missionary working with a French church. Presently I operate a home-based company, Chalkboard Productions, and write, as well as working with OAIM in my spare time.

Officially my job title in the chat room is the bouncer (to maintain an atmosphere that is conducive to allow people who are hurting to share their problems, which means I report trouble makers to Yahoo). I do many of the secretarial tasks and am the webmaster for this site. Pare and I started this ministry together in January 1998 and it's been a real blessing to me ever since! It's been amazing to see how God has worked in bringing the two of us together. Either one of us by ourselves would not be capable of running a ministry like this, but Pare has the skills I lack and vice versa. God has really blessed me by bringing me into partnership with Pare, one of the most genuine, sincerely godly men I have ever had the privilege to meet. 





































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