Following WWII, a conviction to share the Gospel to Japan was lit in the heart of Christian Niseis (2nd gen. Japanese-Americans). However, they were rejected from going on missions by major U.S. Christian denominations, due to rampant post-war discrimination and prejudice against those of Japanese ancestry. Thus, in 1950, a group of Nisei pastors founded JEMS in order to reach Japan.
THE JAPANESE ARE THE 2ND LARGEST UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUP ACROSS THE GLOBE.
Less than 1% of Japanese profess faith in Christ. Many Japanese hold agnostic religious beliefs, although they may identify as Buddhist and/or Shinto. In an effort to support the church in Japan, JEMS has partnered with a variety of ministries in Japan. Will you help us reach Japan?
Reaching the Japanese Diaspora
Brazil has the largest Japanese population outside of Japan, with more than 2 million people of Japanese descent across the country. Other South American countries also have large Japanese populations, such as Peru and Argentina. We at JEMS desire to share the gospel with the Japanese diaspora in these countries through short-term missions and partnerships with local churches.
If you would like to find out more about JEMS Japan missions and how you can get involved contact our Japan Missions Director, Roy Toma at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to find out more about JEMS South America missions and how you can get involved contact our South America Missions Director, Pastor John Katagi at email@example.com.