Sports ministry

There were a number of factors involved in my coming to trust in Christ. Key ones would be family, church youth group, and ultimate frisbee. You may not have heard of ultimate frisbee—it’s a sport. […]


Children of the outcastes

My wife Karen and I first learned about burakumin—descendants of Japanese outcastes—in 1994, while praying through Operation World. Two years later, I retired from the US Marines, and we began a trip through western Japan […]


Ministering to the homeless

Homeless people are a hidden minority group in Japan. They are found everywhere, but are frequently not acknowledged. While the number of homeless people appears to be decreasing (the government seems to be assisting as […]

Social Ministry

Modern-day slavery in Japan

Long after the abolition of slavery in countries around the world, human trafficking, the modern version of slavery, is becoming internationally widespread. According to a 2016 estimate by Walk Free, an Australian-based human rights advocacy […]


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 […]