Sidewalk Chapel

E‌arly every Saturday morning around 100 people gather in Yoyogi Park for worship. Most of them are not even believers yet. Many hear the good news for the first time. Regardless of the weather they […]

Member Care

JEMA Women In Ministry retreats – 2017

It’s special for women in ministry to take a break from family and ministry responsibilities and gather for a time of teaching, fellowship, fun and rest. Space and freedom to share our stories, joys, pains, […]


Three kinds of missionaries

I’m thankful for the day I met “Bun” in Japan. For more than 20 years I traveled to his apartment every week to read the Bible—all of the New Testament and some of the Old. […]


Evangelism Explosion in Japan

One night, in our quiet neighborhood in Shiga prefecture, a Peruvian woman knocked on our door. “I’m looking for spiritual peace,” she said. “Can you help?” Over the next hour, I watched in amazement as […]


Two decades of family ministry in Japan

“Your broadcast saved our marriage.” “We had no idea how to be parents until we read your book.” “I never understood God’s plan for gender until we attended your seminar.” These are some of the […]


Building bridges to spiritual topics

Famous names from Christian history like Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Wesley, and Wycliffe are widely known in the West, even among non-believers. For some, these names even evoke strong emotional responses. In Japanese culture a different […]

Modern Tech

Spring cleaning your computer

Each spring, my family goes through the grueling process of sorting through mountains of clothes. We pack away last season’s clothes, get out the next season’s, figure out what fits and what doesn’t, and then […]

Book Reviews

Book Reviews – Spring 2017

Why bother with church? And other questions about why you need it and why it needs you Sam Allberry (The Good Book Company, 2016) This short, delightful book explains from the Bible what the church […]


The importance of face in Japan

The importance of showing face I remember attending my first pastors’ retreat 36 years ago in Hokkaido with JECA pastors and OMF missionaries. My Japanese was limited, the topics challenging, and I floundered. While enjoying […]