Daily Life

The good and bad aspects of tentmaking

Looking back to when my husband ‌and I first felt ‌called to the mission field of Japan some 25 years ago, I’m struck by how little we knew. We were young and maybe a bit […]


JEMA adopts new constitution

After years of discussion and multiple drafts, JEMA’s member mission delegates to the 2017 Plenary Council on February 20 unanimously adopted a new JEMA constitution. The document reflects a new era and provides flexibility to allow […]

Member Care

Launch of new JEMA member care initiative

Alan and Judy Steier of Barnabas International (a JEMA-endorsed ministry) were our primary presenters February 21 and 22 at JEMA Connect 2017.  Barnabas International is dedicated to “Shepherding the Hearts of Global Workers” in over 100 […]


The benefits of working together

B‌efore coming to Japan as a tent‌maker, I prayed and asked for advice from several pastors and missionaries. All of them advised me to get a job in Japan, so I could earn my own […]


Independent, not self reliant

Two missionaries had high blood pressure,” I reported, “because they ate instant noodles every day.” My husband nodded gravely. “What else did you learn?” I recited the alliteration of doom that befalls some missionaries: “depression, […]

Daily Life

Doing mission when you’re not a missionary

As a pastor’s kid, I grew up listening to missionaries ‌by the boatload. They were the super Christians— translating the Bible, preaching to the masses, and saving the savages. Although (typically) badly dressed and over-enthusiastic […]


Bringing the gospel to Toda city

The second Toda City Mission Forum was held at Nishikawaguchi Baptist Church (Japan Baptist Convention/Nihon Baputesuto Renmei) on July 31, 2016. Pastors and church members from four churches in Toda City, Saitama Prefecture, gathered in […]