Japan Missionaries


JEMS is blessed by the many dedicated men and women who are serving with hearts of compassion and love for the Japanese people. Please join us in keeping our missionaries in your prayers!
Japan Ministry Team

Roy Toma, JEMS Missions Director (2017 – present)

From the time I first shared the Gospel as a college student, I knew that sharing Christ and making disciples was my calling in life. After college, I served in the church, started a plumbing business, got my M.Div. and later spent fourteen years in the mission field in Japan with my wife Nancy, and three children. I continue to enjoy spreading the Gospel message and equipping others.

Now as JEMS’ Japan Missions Director I look forward to continuing to share the Gospel and use my experience and skills to minister to the needs of the JEMS missionaries in Japan.

 

Darryl Wong, JEMS Missions Administrator

Darryl Wong graduated in the year 2000 from Fuller Theological Seminary with an MA in Cross-Cultural Studies. He started serving at JEMS in 2001. Darryl grew up in the Bay Area and moved to Southern California in the early 1990’s. He has been involved in mission activities since 1994, when he first served as an English conversation teacher in Japan.

Darryl has a significant role in the recruitment and training of JEMS missionaries, and is involved with the assignment of workers to churches overseas.

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Rev. Dr. Ryohei Kawano, Overseas Mission’s Consultant – JEMS米国内外宣教コンサルタント 河野亮平師レター

Rev. Dr. Ryohei Kawano is the JEMS overseas mission’s consultant and itinerant preacher to churches in Japan and in the US.

Kawano-sensei brings to JEMS over 54 years of ministry experience as a pastor in Japan and the U.S.A. with the Far Eastern Gospel Crusade and various churches including a Mennonite church. Tokyo Sendagaya Chapel and pulpit supply once a month for the Grace Mission church in Yao, Osaka. His experience in Japan also includes being a chaplain for a retreat site called “Orivu no sato.” While working there, he also was involved with a homeless ministry in Ueno park, Tokyo.

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Current Career Missionaries

 

Tim and Chie Burns – (2013 to present)

The Burns are working in Nagoya, the largest city in Aichi which is about five hours from Tokyo. The vision is to see a church near each of these campuses focused on reaching students. Together with Wayne and Amy Newsome and other team members, the Burns will be working in Nagoya. One of the goals of this outreach is to identify and train future leaders of the Japanese church in cooperation with Christ Bible Institute, a seminary in Nagoya.
Please pray for a great harvest in years to come. Pray for Tim, Chie, their son, Mitsuki and daughter Emi.

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Charles and Yumiko Chen – (2017 to present)

Charlie and Yumiko Chen have been serving with Oyumino Christ Church in Chiba, Japan since April 2017. Oyumino started as a single church plant by six missionaries in 1992. God has multiplied it to 3 locations, 6 Sunday services and 270 regular worshipers.

Charlie grew up in Pasadena, Calif. and learned to speak Japanese when he lived in Tokyo for 7 years in his twenties. Yumiko is native Japanese from Fukushima. The two met and wed in Tokyo but moved to Southern California to raise two children. “Our children are now grown and the Lord has called us back to Japan to spread the love of Jesus and the hope of the Gospel.”

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Roudini (Riz) and Anne Crescini – (2017 to present)

Our passion is to show God’s love to the Japanese people both through our work in Japanese society and our ministry in the local church. Our heart is to fully assimilate into Japanese society, and to be constantly striving to understand the Japanese culture and worldview. By doing this, we will be able to comprehend what they value and believe, giving us a deeper understanding of the most effective way to share the love of Jesus. We strive to follow the call of the Great Commission, and in the words of St. Francis of Assisi, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel–use words when necessary.” Our heart is that the love of Jesus will be evident more from how we live and love those around us than by the words that come out of our mouths.

We are involved deeply in our local church, Munakata Bethel Christian Center. We both serve on the church council, and Riz is on the worship team. Anne occasionally translates for the Sunday sermon and Sunday school, and both of us preach when the need arises. Recently, we just finished teaching a discipleship training class, and will begin a new one in the fall.

 

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Ethan and Michele Fisher – (2016 to present)

The Fishers are serving in Gifu as tent-making missionaries. Ethan is an Assistant Language Teacher at a public school. The Fishers participate in ministry to children and students in the community through their local church, Grace Chapel in Gifu. The Fishers have three young boys.

Todd, Jayne, Jeremy and Ayumi Fong – (2014-present)

The Fongs are missionaries to the greater Tokyo metropolitan area, living in Higashi-Kurume. Their ministry is “To the One Percent,” Japanese Christians and Christian workers in Japan, through whom God will reach the 99% of Japanese who are not yet saved.

Todd will serve local missionaries, Christian leaders and pastors to help develop and implement ministries that reach out to younger people (college students and younger) and young families. Of particular interest is to help churches develop ministries that leverage Christian returnees, those Japanese students who accept Christ overseas and want to share the gospel at home in Japan. Jayne will serve at the Christian Academy in Japan as a speech therapist, a role critically needed for Christian missionary families with children with special needs.

Paul and Yu Kang – (2014 to present)

Paul and Yu Kang are part of the missions team for Christ Bible Institute (CBI) in Nagoya. CBI is the parent organization of Christ Bible Seminary (CBS) which trains Christian leaders and pastors in Japan.  Paul serves as the Chaplain at CBS, , main interpreter of CBI and is an elder and staff at All-Nations Fellowship (ANF),  an international church plant started through CBI.  Yu Kang is a native Japanese born in Nagoya and leads a ministry to young mothers and children.  The Kang’s two children are Issac (Jesus is coming back) Soon Kang and Sara (We are saved by) Faith Kang.   Please pray for the Kangs as they minister and serve in Nagoya.

Michael and Chris Mason – (1997 to present)

Michael and Chris are career missionaries, serving at Oasis Church in Izumiotsu City, a suburb of Osaka, and at Kansai Christian School in Nara, Japan.

The Masons arrived in Japan in the Spring of 1997, and began serving at Sakai International Bible Church.  In 2001, they were installed as the head pastors of SIBC and functioned in that role until  2012, when the church transitioned to a simple-style house church.   At this point the church changed it’s name to Oasis Church.  Michael still provides leadership to the church, especially in the areas of teaching and leading worship.

Chris began serving at Kansai Christian School since 2011 as a teacher’s aide for the 1st-2nd grade class and as the homeroom and Bible teacher for the 5th-6th grade.   In 2015, she was offered the position as the full-time 1st-2nd grade teacher.  In addition, Michael serves as chaplain at Kansai Christian School and provides messages at the all-school chapel once a month.

Michael and Chris are also proud parents of their son Luke, who was born in 2000.

David and Yuka Mills –  (2008 to present)

Our mission is to reach the people of Japan in ways that are culturally sensitive, relevant to their lives and relevant to the spiritual conditions of Japan. Our vision is to see generations of Japanese believers reaching
out to new generations after them. Matthew 28:19 (Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit) and 2 Timothy 2:2 (And the things
you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others). That Japan might be transformed into the Land of the Risen SON.

Paul and Rie Mizuki – (Short-Term missionaries)

Paul and Rie Mizuki are preparing to serve in Tokyo, beginning in the fall of 2015. Paul will attend Horizon Bible College, a ministry of Tokyo Horizon Chapel, in Machida, where Paul will study the Bible and ministry skills in Japanese four mornings a week. In the afternoons, he will participate in the various ministries of the church. Rie, a California licensed psychologist, will focus on providing counseling for the missionary community and those in ministry. Japan has been called a missionary graveyard, as the spiritual darkness and lack of fruit has caused much discouragement for those ministering there. As time allows, she would also like to provide counseling for Japanese Christians and the general public, as there are few trained counselors and almost no Christian counselors in Japan. Together, Paul and Rie would like to minister to couples going through the transition of retirement, where husbands who were previously busy working will suddenly be home most of the time, creating potential conflicts in marital relationships. Since Paul will be about the age of these men facing retirement, he hopes to share with them the new purpose they can have in Jesus Christ.

Munetaka and Sandy Mori

We feel burdened to get God’s Word into the hands of Japanese seekers and to be used by God to share His Word through everything from tracts to full Bibles and to assist the recipients with opportunities to go deeper in their grasp of its truth. We believe that as seeds continue to be planted in the hearts of the Japanese that seekers will need more than ever to have access to opportunities to be saturated in the richness of Scripture.

Between spring of 2018-spring of 2019, Munetaka will be enrolled in a one-year theology and doctrinal course at Tokyo Bible Seminary (TBS), Munetaka hopes to be trained to walk in the discipline of hearing and allowing God’s leading to infiltrate his ministry work. He has received other training through the online Bible study program known as Bible Broadcast Network (BBN).

Sandy plans to shadow Christian workers and missionaries while getting hands-on experience using different evangelical approaches effective in Japan. She will, simultaneously, undertake advanced reading classes in Japanese to improve her literacy skills and continue studying God’s Word through an online course through Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and Bible Study Fellowship (BSF).

Following this initial year, they will follow God wherever He leads, but they are praying that it will be on the field in Kyushu alongside a fellow JEMS missionary.  Both feel that a key part of their ministry will be helping seekers to engage in God’s Word and doing outreach through Bible distribution.

“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.  (Isaiah 30:21)

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Julie Nitao – (2016-present)

Julie started serving in Rifu in June 2017.  Rifu is in the area devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011. Julie has a heart for pre- and elementary school children. She was a teaching assistant for early childhood education. Her sending church is San Lorenzo Japanese Christian Church in California.

Mitsuyoshi and Kristin Nakamura – (2016-present) Nagoya

The Nakamuras will be arriving in Nagoya in March, 2017! God has called us there to minister in our gifts and learn about church planting. Mitsuyoshi is a native Japanese from Tokyo but has spent the last 13 years living in the United States. Mitsuyoshi will have the opportunity to support a local church as an intern to learn about church planting. He plans to use his past ministry experience in the areas of preaching and worship leading to reach the hearts of the Japanese in Nagoya. His wife, Kristin, is from Kentucky, and her father is a third generation Japanese living outside of Japan. Kristin will support an outreach of CBI (Christ Bible Institute) called Heart and Soul Cafe. She is excited to share the gospel through English club and Mommy and Baby club! She has past experience leading worship, organizing prayer meetings, and leading bible study groups and looks forward to see where she can use her gifts in Nagoya.

 

You can help support us through your prayers, encouragement, finances and resources. We are very aware that we cannot do anything of ourselves but we know that all things are possible with God! Our departure date is arriving quickly, and we hope to be at 50% at least by December 15th. Would you consider a one-time gift or a monthly support pledge to help us in our ministry? We have a monthly support need of about $3,700 as well as about $6,000 need in one time start up expenses. We would love to share our journey with you as we seek to make the name of Jesus famous in Nagoya! Please email us to receive our blog updates. May the Peace of God rule in our hearts, Amen!

 

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Kuni and Kristen Onishi – (2015 -present)

The Onishis will be serving as church planting missionaries in Japan. Kuni is fluent in Japanese. He was born and raised in Japan. He also speaks English and some Korean. Kristen was born in South Korea. She
speaks fluent Korean, English and conversational Japanese. They have a one-year old daughter. They took a vision trip in September 2015 to Tokyo and Osaka. Kuni’s father is a church planting pastor in Osaka.

Kuni and Kristen most recently served with Korean Campus Crusade for Christ, from 2013-15. Kuni previously served on staff with Sa-Rang Church from 2007-13. Kristen served on the Japanese Campus Crusade for Christ from 2007-09. They anticipate departure in a year.

Dave and Tomo Robison – (2012-present)

Dave and Tomo Robison are serving in Iwate Japan, to work with the Iwate 3.11 Church network. Their goal is to aide in establishing reproducing churches among the Tsunami devastated coastal towns of Iwate, Japan. Dave has served as a youth pastor, bible study leader and elder at their local church. Tomo is Japanese and was raised in Tokyo, serving faithfully for many years at the church where her father pastored. In 2003 Dave participated in a short-term trip to serve at Tomo’s church, where they met for the first time. They were married in 2009, and began raising support to serve as missionaries in Japan. In 2011, after the events of the March 11 Earthquake and Tsunami, they felt God leading them to serve among the Tsunami devestated region of Tohoku.

Along with their one-year old son Titus, Dave and Tomo moved to Iwate in March of 2013, where they are spending their first two-year term in preparation to begin church planting. During this time they are prayerfully seeking out partners with which to join or form a church-planting team, determine which city God is working in to raise up new believers in need of a church, participate in survivor care ministries, and dedicate time for Dave to advance in language acquisition.

Jon and Maki Robison   – (2013 – present)

Jon and Maki Robison are evangelical church planters in Iwate, a northern prefecture in Japan.  Currently they are serving with Morioka Minami Church.  They started their ministry with JEMS in February 2013.  The Robisons have two sons, Aquila and Leon.

Please pray for the Robisons as they assist the church in Japan with long-term church planting in the areas devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011.

Lily Suzuki – (2000 to present)

Lily Suzuki’s home residence is in Canada. From July 2000 to June 2003, she was serving at Machida Christian Center in Tokyo, where she was involved in witnessing and many church activities, as well as teaching English. She served at New Life Church Omochanomachi for one year. She currently serves in a ministry of JEMS in Amakusa, Kyushi region in Southern Japan.

Fabio and Elizabeth Tsukayama – (2017 – present)

Meet the team: Fabio + Elizabeth = Joshua, Dominique, Israel, Johann, Olivia and Annaliese. Our family is a mixture of size, hair color, birthplaces, skills and spoken languages.

Our main goal is to impact unreached cities in Japan through establishing healthy churches, as well as reaching and discipling children and their families through after school programs that meet the needs of modern Japanese society.

Fabio and Elizabeth met in Japan in 1999 where they got married and also served at a Latino church. In the States, from 2004 to 2009, they pioneered a Hispanic ministry in an American church in the Chicagoland area. In 2010 they went to Brazil where they served through street evangelism and later pioneered a family ministry, producing books, study material and ministering seminars in churches and schools.

John and Kazumi Van Farowe – (2011-present)

John and Kazumi VanFarowe are currently serving as tent-making  missionaries with Japanese churches in the Nagoya area. John teaches  English at a private school and they also run a “juku,” a special tutoring  program for students.

The VanFarowes have two children, Cherry and Bianca. Please pray as they  raise support to expand their ministries.

Joseph and Yumiko Wu – (2015 to present)

They are excited to move to Kobe (Yumiko’s home town) in 2015 as tent making missionaries. They would like to connect the two house churches where they have built relationships in the past few years. They meet on different days of the week so it’s possible for them to attend both of them. They would like to start a small Bible study group in their area since they have seen much transformation in the lives of small groups. They will keep their relationship with the Ishinomaki house church to be a bridge with their home church in the States.

Reo Yoshida – (2016-present)

Reo was a former JEMS diaspora missionary and worked at JEMS as the  Accounting Assistant. He is part of a church planting team together with former JEMS missionaries Kevin and Nozomi West. They have planted the “Mustard Seed Christian  Church” in Kobe, Japan.  Reo joined the rest of this team in the Fall of 2016 as a long-term missionary.


Short-Term Missionary Opportunities

If you have an interest in the following opportunities, please contact us through info@JEMS.org

(Posted Summer 2016)
David and Yuka Mills, J-Lodge in Kanagawa:  Their mission plan for 2016 is to continue building the business of the J-Lodge Coffee Shop so that it becomes self-sufficient and no longer a financial burden to the Chigasaki Church.

They are looking into an exciting possibility of opening a 2nd Coffee Shop ministry in partnership with a couple living in Shizuoka prefecture. Like J-Lodge, this ministry will focus on university students.
They also plan to extend our outreach to students at Tokai University through a hospitality outreach as we bring more and more students into our home for dinner and conversations.  In partnership with a local Japanese pastor, we are planning to extend our church planting efforts from monthly meetings to a weekly service.

They are interested in short-term career missionaries who can serve here at J-Lodge. This is a support-raised position.

 

(Posted Summer 2014)

New Life Church Omochanomachi in Mibu, Tochigi prefecture. The primary ministry is teaching conversational English to children and adults as an entry point to share about Christ.