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We are happy to present to you
this fourtii issue of JAPAN MIS

SIONS. Previous issues were pub
lished in 1966, 1968 and 1970,
with a supplement in 1971. Thus,
it has been six years since the last
full issue came out.

In 1971, there were 53 mission
aries in Japan (24 couples and five
single workers.) Since that time,
there have been some changes in
missionary personnel. The follow
ing are no longer in Japan, but are
serving the Lord elsewhere: Claire
and Donna Boulton, Claude and
Evalyn Likins, Donnie and Char
lotte Mings, and Barbara Courtneya loss of seven workers. (Stephen
and Carol Fleenor, Walter and Mary

Maxey and Marvel Hurt, althou^
not included in this issue of Japan
Missions, ARE still working in

additional workers have

come to Japan, however. They are
Mark and Lynn Pratt, Ben and Nobuko Hirotaka, Larry and Joanie
Lambdin, Lee and Sandra Jones.
Daynise Holloway, and Jerri Lynn
Anderson - a gain of ten. A loss of
seven - a gain of ten. This makes
a net gain of three workers since
1971. Counting Carolyn Barricklow, who has already served as an
intern and plans to be back in the
summer of 1976, there would be a
net gain of four. (Although others
are thinking about Japan, their
plans have not progressed far
enough to announce.)
During these same five years, the
population of Japan has increased
from 104,646,017 to 111,897,763an increase of 7,232,542 or 7%. We
sincerely thank the Lord of the
Harvest, and those of you who
prayed to Him, that He has sent 11
new laborers; and especially we
thank Him that this is an increase
of four harvesters.
But to even

keep up with the population in
crease, many, many more must put
themselves in the Lord's hire in Ja

We need new missionaries to pio

ary, no witness of any kind." (M.
Maxey, p. 18). We need new mis

vest, earnestly. Hoping you will be

sionaries in the cities like Tokyo
where "secularism, as a whole, has

send, we have also written a little of
the HOW. We are sure, also, that
those of you who are helping the
Lord send laborers to Japan will

replaced the traditional Japanese
religion? - creating even greater
hunger within the souls of the

people." (J. Fleenor, p. 11).
We have written this issue of JA

PAN MISSIONS for YOU-to help

you understand Japan and WHY
you must pray the Lord of the Har

one of those whom the Lord will

also be interested.

You will find

the index of articles concerning the

work of each Japan missionary on
page 32. Other articles ~ written
for you - are:

We Came To Pre-War Japan
I Wish Somebody Had Told Me

Harold & Leone Cole...2
Ray Mings

We Came In The Post-War 40*s When

Harold Sims


In Defense Of The Young

Norma Bumey


We Came In The 50's
We Came In The 60's

Ernest Faber
Robert Warrick



Question Rather

Exie Fultz

We Came In The 70's

Dale Wilkinson


I Spent My Life In Japan
I Married A Missionaiy
I Married An M.K. And Became A Missionary

Grace Famham
Betty Patton
Coral Mings


A Do-It-Yourself Kit

Lee Jones


I Came From Another Field
Betty Turner
I Was A Summer Intern — Twice!
Carolyn Barricklow...10
I Was A Chaplain
Harlan Woodruff
I Was A Serviceman In Japan
Larry Lambdin
An Annotated Bibliography
Martin Clark
I Married A Missionary
Bill Turner
When Do Japanese Lau^?
Lois Sims
I Work In English Temporarily
Jerri Lynn Anderson..14
Exotic Disease? -- Or Everyday Sniffles
I Evangelize Down-Country
Mark Maxey
I Work Mostly In Japanese
Audrey West
A Prayer
Vivian Lemmon
Learn Tlie Language?...Or Use An Interpreter?...Don Bumey
I Was A School Teacher

Neva Faber


Books Are Education
Children Can Be Educated In School

Norma Bumey
Betty Tumer


Pauline Maxey
Paul Pratt


I Evangelize In The World's Largest City - Tokyo ..Julius Fleenor
We Came As A Childless Couple
Ethel Beckman
Does A Japanese Face Help? Or Hinder?
Ben Hirotaka
The Forwarding Agent
Lonnie Mings
Going To Nihon? Leam Nihongo
Lynn Pratt
We Came As Parents Of Half-Grown Children
Mattie Mings


Children Can Be Educated At Home -

Even If You Are Not A School Teacher
The Missionary And His Newsletter

So Did We
Can You Ever Get...On The Inside
Culture Shock — Fatal?
What Do You Do When ~?

Robert Warrick
Exie Fultz
Warren Christiansen ..28

How Do I Feed My Family With Prices Like That?.Kathleen Pratt


neer in new areas ~ to enter "un

Must Missionaries Be Married?


touched territoiy. There are about
8,000 villages in Japan today of
several thousand people each, with

A Visitor's Viewpoint
Food Prices In Japan

no church, no minister, no mission-


Mary Harding



Jerri Lynn Anderson

by Ray Mings (p. 20)
...that the "Learn Japanese in Three
Weeks" plan doesn't work. Neither
is it a good plan to jump into the work


6-25 2-chome, Ushita Asahi
Hiroshima 730 Japan

with an interpreter with the intention

of learning the language little by little


Cecil and Janet Buffalow

703 West Herbert St.

in spare time. Many, or perhaps most,
missionaries now working in Japan
have taken two or more years intensive
language study. Anything short of
that may be too short — unless one is
bom here, which seems to be the best
way to get the language.

Demopolis, Alabama 36732

...that it isn't wise to try to help a man
solve his problem unless you know
gave her a good opportunity to use the
Jerri Lynn was in the first class to oe

Japanese language wliich she was study

graduated under the Missions Program
of Atlanta Christian College. Before

Gradually she has taken on more and

her senior year she served as a summer

more Bible classes; and devotes a good

intern with Go Ye Chapel Mission in New
York City. Very soon after graduation

bit of her time to the work at the Hiro

in May of 1974 she went to Hiroshima

what his problem is — as well as the
answer. It is true that the Gospel
contains, or is, the answer to all

of a man's problems. But,if you don't
know how he is thinking about his
problem, and approach

him from

that standpoint, you may never get

shima Christian Center, which is a joint

through to him with the answer.

effort on the part of the Hiroshima mis
sionaries. She plays the little electric

...that not all people have a guilt feeling

to work with Bill and Betty Turner.
Besides starting into language study,
Jerri Lynn immediately began teaching
some English classes, having Sunday
school for the missionary children, and

&om time to time has a series of film

helping with secretarial work and music.

"guilty conscience" into Japanese.
It seems the idea does not naturally

strip meetings using the Visualized Bible

Her talents include playing the piano

exist here and therefore no termi

Study lessons. She also is in charge of

and the guitar.

making posters and doing other adver
tising for the programs at the Center.

In August of 1974 she had a bicycle

accident which caused a broken ankle,
and this slowed her down for a while.

However, being in a Japanese hospital

organ for services, teaches a Sunday
School class, leads a discussion group
once a month on Sunday evenings, and

and are therefore looking for a means
of salvation.

Some of us are still

looking for a simple way to translate

...that not all men fear hell and seek a

means of escape. The religious culture

As she becomes more fluent in Japa

of Japan seems to condition people

nese, she hopes to become more involved
in a program of Bible classes.

to have little or no fear of punish
ment after death whether they follow
any religious teaching or not.

...that the old religions of Japan teach
that there is life after death although
the teaching is sometimes vague. A
host of "New Religions" in Japan

by Harold and Leone Cole (p. 9)
Over 200 people were present to see
us off to Japan as our freighter left in

M^h, 1937.

Many thought we were

going to the ends of the earth—in fact,
we sort of had the same feeling ourselves.
We shipped only a few things — clothes,
linens and a few dishes. Once in Japan
we bought a small gas range, a bed and
a chest of drawers. A friend purchased
a table and chairs for us. We rented a

sometimes become very explicit and
promise much more than the Christian

gladly sent their untaught children to
us six days a week. It was a wonderful

way of bringing Christ into their lives

is true and all the others false is a

and homes.

When Osaka Bible Seminary began in
the fall of 1937, little was available in

the Japanese language. The books for
the Seminary library came from a retired
preacher in the States.

Those who responded to the Gospel

small apartment. It was great!
A cook for the Christian kindergarten



youth, and


prepared our noon Japanese meal. We

Soon after our arrival in Japan, the coun

studied Japanese language with a private
tutor an hour a day, five days a week.
Afternoons were spent practicing the
langu^e on the trades people of our

try went to war with China (July, 1937).
emphasis upon "Japan and things Japa
nese" robbed us of what might have been


a more fruitful term.

On our very first night, we began
teaching English in the mission's Eng
lish night school. Soon two English

hindered from preaching or teaching
the Gospel until the United Church of
Japan was formed in 1940. We were

Bible classes were begun. There were
English Bibles available, but no other

ament, the miracles of Jesus, nor Jesus

Christian literature for children or adults.

as God.

We had to prepare our own.

Church but closed Osaka Bible Seminary,

Later we were able to rent another

dwelling place for meetings. The families
of the area were busy making airplane
parts in their home factories, so they
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missionary can promise. (The emphasis
is on the word "promise" here.)
...that the idea that some one religion

Men were being sent off to war.

strange idea to the average Japanese.
Even Japanese Christians sometimes
have a problem with this idea. One

elderly Japanese Christian, being ques
tioned about attending Shinto and
Birddhist places of worship, said
proudly, "I'm not one of these onereligion people!".


We were never

then directed not to teach the Old Test
We did not enter the Union

and continued to preach.

became difficult for the Japanese Chris
tians. They were questioned by secret
police if they even greeted him on the
street, and were followed if they attended
services. Harold promised we'd return
again as soon as possible. This we did in

1947. We returned to a new and very
different Japan!

Today the doors are

Harold remained in Japan

open wide and the opportunities are
staggering. Come over and join with

until April of 1941, when his presence

us in bringing Christ to the Japanese!

Leone returned to the States in Octo

ber, 1940.

Carolyn Barrlcklow
the community would enable me not
only to share Jesus, but also to intro


duce my students to the fellowship of


Japanese Christians.
The fact that I will be teaching English
does not mean, though, that I wish to

Everybody in Japan is learning English.

avoid learning Japanese; two years of

School children take English from the
seventh grade up; factories, hospitals
and business firms provide conversation
are crowded with English students, and

study at the University of Cincinnati
have taught me that it is a language not
easily learned, and will require intensive
study after my arrival in Japan.

practically every missionary in the
country is teaching English or English


classes for their employees. The YMCA's

After finishing the required work for




degree in Education, I will begin working
in Hiroshima during the summer of

Bible classes.

As I dreamed of working in Japan
as a missionary, 1 learned about the
country's high educational standards, anc
about the high esteem in which teacheit


are generally held. Convinced of Japan'j
need for an educated ministry to an edu
cated people, I felt the best way foi
me to share Jesus would be as an English
teacher, using this position as a point
of contact for evangelism.
To test the viability of these thoughts,
I spent a six-week teaching internship
in Hiroshima, and had more offers to
teach than I could handle! My weekly
schedule included five junior high school
classes, a college conversation group,


c/o Mr. & Mrs. Bill Turner
5-6 Kaminobori-cho

Hiroshima 730 Japan

Mrs. Natalie Johnson
R. R. 1 Box 65

adult conversation classes at the

YMCA, and an English Bible class.
Especldly in the adult and college classes,
I was able to witness to the renewing
power of Jesus both in and out of class.

The junior high students enjoyed learn
ing songs about Jesus. I enjoyed teach
ing, and learned that a teaching role in

Orleans, Indiana 47452

2366 Ohio Ave.

Cincinnati, Ohio 45219

—Ernest Faber

by Harold Sims (p. 24)





Mrs. Cunningham and Mr. and Mrs.






situation here.

Almost everyone arrived by ship, bringing

BUT: The Japanese people had their
hearts open to the Gospel as never


I fondly remember the joy

several tons of baggage,including much

and excitement of those days:

food, with them.

*The floor of a home broke through

Two hundred dollars a month was con

sidered standard and adequate livinglink support.

Japan was suffering from the shock of its
first defeat in war and the great de
struction from the bombing.
And there were severe shortages of

Fuel: I burned the crates our freight
was packed in.

Electricity: Almost every night it was
cut off for several long periods.
Money: The official exchange rate
was 50 yen to one dollar.
Housing: We lived in 2 rooms of a
Japanese house.

to the ground under the weight of
the lai^e group gathered for the
Christmas meeting.

*1500 High School boys sat motion
less on a cold gymnasium floor as I

told them through an interpreter
the true meaning of Christmas.



requested that we

begin a Bible study in their home.
*Enthusiastic crowds filled the Seta-

gaya church building for Sunday
night preaching services often held
by candlelight with winter wind
blowing through broken window-

panes for which there was no glass

Food: We lived almost altogether
on things we brought with us for the
first winter.

Transportation: Every ride on the


by Norma Barney (p. 5)


Still had preceded us, and helped
us very much in adjusting to the

Come prepared to leam another culture,
to see Japan as the Japanese see it, and
to evaluate in terms of the Scripture
rather than your native culture. You will
never fuUy achieve this for you are the
product of your culture and your
thinking will never be Japanese. (Nor
would your white face and big nose ever
become identical to theirs!) but if you
strive to understand and appreciate the
culture you will see things in a different
light. The degree of insight you gain
will largely depend on the extent to
which the language is mastered.

Most missionaries who came in those days
are still in Japan and look back with

One reads in many places (including
this publication) that the missionary

recruit should be "mature" and "exper
ienced". I was a young inexperienced
missionary once, and now I'm a "mature

experienced" one. Let me tell you that
the young adapt more easily to the culture,
bounce back faster from problems, leam
the language faster, have more energy,
more optimism, and a lot more time left
to serve the Lord. Trained in the Word-

yes! Love the Lord—yes! Love peopleyes! But all the "experience" and "ma
turity" gained in America is NOT going
to make up for impaired ability to adapt,
to bounce, or to remember; or take the
place of bubbling physical and mental

The "Mission Field" is neither a dragon
who eats you alive, nor is it a place
where only the "elite" — "the welldeserving" are allowed. It's a place
where you tell your neighbors about
Christ, starting with Who God is. Put
whatever time you have left in God's
hands. Never mind "young"or "mature".
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by Ernest Faber (p. lo)
In July, 1954, the S.S, Topa Topa, a
freighter with twelve passengers, left
Long Beach for the Orient. In the
fifties and well into the sixties, ships
were the cheapest means of travel.
We arrived in Yokohama in late Aug
ust after over thirty days enroute. During
the fifties, fifteen couples and six women
came. Six of the couples and four of
the women have since left.

Language School was our life for the
first eighteen months. The need to study
the language hasn't changed over the

years, ^though the choice of schools
is greater.
At that time hair cuts were 50 cents

compared to $5 now. (Neva cuts mine.)
Overseas printed matter was 2 cents;
now it is 10 cents. Gasoline has gone
from 38 cents to $1.53 and kerosene has
doubled in price. Bread was 25 cents
compared to today's 72 cent loaf. Japa

George & Ethel Beckmon
Since arriving on December 28, 1948,
George and Ethel Beckman have been
affiliated with Osaka Bible Seminary,
Osaka, Japan. George is head of the New
Testament department and teaches
exegesis of all the letters and Revelation,
plus the Inter-Biblical period, Introduc
tion, and Text and Canon. He started
the Greek classes which are now taught
by one of his first students, Mr. Akira
Oda. (Mr. Oda edited the first GreekJapanese lexicon, now in the third print
ing, and has recently completed a Greek
grammar manuscript in Japanese ready
for printing. He is a graduate of the
University of Athens.)
Ethel has taught the History of Chris


tian Missions, a course in Christian Women

they are at least $330. We came with a

in the Home and some religious education
courses. The latter are now taught by
Mrs. (Naomi) Saito, MA graduate of
Lincoln Christian College.
During their first five years the Beckmans started the Sakyo Church of Christ

Nishinomiya, 662 Japan

budget of $3000 a year and today we
need over $12,000.

in Kyoto, which has been completely
independent of.any n^issionary help for


The availability of a mission house in
Tokyo took care of our first housing.

several years.
Since 1963, they have lived in Nis-



nese wages were $25 a month; today



have built three times

because of unavailibility of adequate
housing and for economical reasons.
It costs five times more now but resale

value of former property compensates.
Our first baptism in Obihiro in 1957
was a year after we began the work in
our house. Tomakomai's first baptism
was two years after starting there, and
in the new work started in Sapporo,
December, 1974, there have been no
baptisms, as yet.
In Obihiro the early contacts were
youth, Tomakomai's contacts were youth
and younger children; whereas the people

attending services in Sapporo are Chris
tians (some denominational) and adults
from the area.

When we first came to Japan no one
had a TV; today no house can be found


they are


working with two churches that meet
in their home. Ethel teaches Sunday
school for the Koyoen Church of Christ,
which meets Sunday mornings.



of Christ


also been meeting in the Beckman home


8-40 Kamizono-cho

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Saevre
R. R. 1

Brodhead, Wisconsin 53520

to another group, in English, every
Thursday morning.
Both groups are
increasing in number and interest.

in the afternoons since the church lost

Ethel is on a continuation committee

the use of their meeting place in Kobe
in 1974. Meetings for junior and senior
high school students are held after the
Sunday afternoon service. Ethel works

that plans Christian Women's Luncheons

with the women of this church in a meet

ing once a month.

held twice a year in a hotel in Kobe.
These luncheons give fellowship for
Christians and a witness to non-Christians,
and reach a great many people.
All the Beckman children, bom and

There are still other midweek Bible

study meetings in the Beckman home.

One class meetsevery Wednesday evening.
Ethel teaches the Bible to one group of
women, in Japanese, on Wednesday and

reared in Japan, are now in college:
John, Oklahoma State University;Jenann,
Minnesota Bible College; Mary, Univer
sity of California at Berkely; Ruth,
Manhattan Christian College.

without at least a black and white one.

Few fathers had Sundays off; today with
more leisure there is more travelling,
sports, and family centered activities —
usually on Sunday.
Children, now as then, attend Sunday
English classes remain well
attended. But the type of class which
attracts is different. Many are seriously
seeking the Christian's God. The results
are no greater today but the opportunity
to proclaim Christ is as great as it ever

by Bob Warrick (p. 26)
We arrived in Japan on July 7, 1965,
aboard the P & 0 Orient Lines passenger

ship "Orsova".

At that time, a ship

was still cheaper than air travel, and in
addition, a good amount of luggage
was permitted.
At the time of our arrival we had


pledged support of $290 per month with

Question Rather. . .
by Exie Fultz (p. 12)
If God is calling you aS a missionary
to Japan, question not so much, "Would

I be accepted by the people of Japan?"
but rather question, "Would I be able to
accept the people of Japan?".
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an average total income of $467. But —
we have never to this day been required
to pay rent, so God has provided in other

ways than just casli from the States.
Our present income, ten years later, is

pletely unavaUable in the Tokyo area.
There are not many houses available at
any price, and almost none rent for
under $200 per month.
We began work within 24 hours of
arrival, by teaching English Bible in sum
mer camp, and went from there as the
Lord led. We studied language in Karuizawa at a school especially for mis
sionaries, and later with a private tutor
at home. I prefer the school myself,

approximately $750 per month. I would,


however, recommend at least $1000

Churches supporting new missionaries
will get more for their investment if
they encourage their missionaries to

per month for any new missionary couple
coming to Japan.
Housing was reasonably available in
the 60's, especially near the U.S. military

However, it is now almost com




THE LANGUAGE and assure

that they have the funds to do it.

(Continued p. 5)

Don & Normo Burney


(Continued from p. 4)
When we arrived in Japan, labor was
still very cheap. Industry was thriving
and everything was on the increase.
Many laborers who, in the mid-60's,

were eaming little more than $100 per
month are now dissatisfied



2-1-6 Asahi machi,Tosa Yamada cho
Kami gun, Kochi ken
782 Japan

with over

Very few people owned their

own cars when we arrived, but now one
in three homes requires garage space.
Within two weeks of arriving in Japan,
we saw our first baptism. The nation
remains open to the Gospel today — there


is complete freedom to preach Jesus.
HE did say we were to go to ALL
NATIONS, and that includes Japan.

Harold R. Jones

R.R. 1

La Fontaine,Indiana 46940

transportation, language study, chUdren's
schooling, and of course work funds.
Japan is an island nation with few

Exhortations to come and serve the

Lord in Japan—from both missionaries
and Japanese Christians^ed Don and
Norma Bumey to Japan. "Please come
back to Japan and help us preach the
Gospel here." "Come and live in our
house during our furlough and study

the language."

"There are millions

who have never heard who may never
hear unless you tell them." Don heard
some of these things while in the Navy in
Japan during the Korean War. Norma
heard others during Missions Emphasis
Week at Lincoln Christian College. Even
though they had planned to spend their
lives among the American Indians, they

natural resources and little usable land.
lished and met in their home for several

They also started printing with an
offset press—VBS courses, children's
lessons, newsletters, posters, etc. The
printing eventually "took over" the
house and room used for the church, and
the Bumeys returned for furlough in
1968 knowing something must be done
toward a permanent meeting place for
this church.

Most supplies are imported, and food is

Missionaries arriving in this decade

must plan ahead to secure housing,
especially those with families.


no one can afford to buy land and erect
buildings. Houses and apartments are

for rent, but are usually small and expen
sive. Rural and semi-rural areas are more

reasonable, but still expensive. We rented

a small Japanese-style house near Sendai

both wrote letters which crossed some

Arriving back in Japan, they found
the Lord was well on His way to solving
their problem. First,a typhoon absolutely
wrecked Don's preparation to build on

where in the Pacific, suggesting to the
other that Japan should be their field of

Then, they were offered a price for their


land that was almost enou^ to buy new

difficult to master Japanese in the 70's

The Bumeys arrived in Japan in 1955.
They studied language for two years
while engaging in limited evangelistic
work through English Bible Classes and

land and build a church building and
parsonage in another section of the same
town. (A loan was obtained for the
TTie Bumeys moved to a near-by
town where they have a church in their
rented home. The other two churches,
with their own buildings, parsonages
and preachers, conduct their own pro
grams. There are 5 Bumey children:

as it ever was, or as it will be, for that
matter. There are excellent language
schools in most major cities. The stand

personal contacts. In 1957, they moved
to Shikoku and began classes and Sunday
services in





church started meeting in its own build

ing in 1960; then built a parsonage in

After their first furlough, the Bumey
family moved to a town about 5 miles
away, bought land and erected a quonset house. Again, a church was estab

to the house to accomodate the church.

Paul (22), Sarah (20) —both in college
in the U.S.; Joe (18), Tom (15) —both
in high school in Tokyo; and Rachel

(6)studying at home.

by Dale Wilkinson

(p. 28)

We began our missionary work on
November 7, 1970. We flew by jet from
the U.S. West Coast. Getting around
within Japan was relatively easy after
we adjusted to driving on the left. Japan

already wild inflation of Japan. Most
missionaries went through a time of
financial difficulty. But after priorities
were re-examined, and fresh commit
ments made to the Lord, we were blessed

has one of the most modem and efficient


public transportation systems in the world.
Modem roads go to remote villages,
and expressways connect major cities.
When we arrived, the cost of living was
higher than we had prepared for. Soon
afterward, the devaluation of the U.S.
dollar and the oil crisis spurred the

How much support does a mission
family need these days? It depends on
family size, location, type of activity,
and other factors, but I suggest a mini
mum of $200 per adult and $100 per
child for living expenses. In addition,
funds will be needed for housing, office.




meet needs.

for about $110 a month. It would have
cost much more in Tokyo. We are now

living in another missionary's house
while they are on furlough for a year.
It is just as necessary, and just as







two years and costs about $1000 a year.
Due to a shortage of funds, when we
first came I could only attend part time
for about a year. At present, I am in
full-time study in Tokyo.
The 1970's offer many thrilling and
productive avenues for mission work in
This is an era of friendship
between Japan and America, and we mis
sionaries are usually treated with respect
and favor. (There are communist and
anti-Christian Buddhist elements in high
governmental places, however, and some
predict that one day Christians will again
be harassed, if not persecuted. At the
present time though, that seems to be
We are finding our place in a church
planting ministry. Others are serving in
many other ways. The missionary of
the 70's serves in a modem and sophis
ticated land but a land of many conflic
ting ideologies and false religions, — a
land where over 100 million lost and con

fused souls are searching for meaning
and direction, —a land still open to
those who are willing and able to point
out the Way.
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Stanley & Mable Buttray

by Grace Farnham
Miss Fomham



the Cun

;;-t m

ningham Mission for several years, and
then in 1934 began a new work with
two other missionary ladies in the Mabashi
district of Tokyo.


Grace remained on

Christian Camps are a vital part of

after the war started, and was interned
by the Japanese in September of 1942.
She was repatriated to America after a
year of imprisonment. She returned to
Japan in 1947, and the Mabashi church
was reorganized. In 1956, she helped in
establishing a new work in Chiba pre

the work of churches in America.

Grace retired from active mis

The New Year 1976 has dawned and

with it the beginning of the end of this
20th century!

Over 50 years ago, in September of
1925,a steamship anchored in Yokohama
Bay and I was thrilled to know that I
was in Japan, although I had wept at

leaving home, knowing that I could not
see loved ones for five years.
I had been inspired to be a missionary,

learning in a mission study class of the
millions who do not know of a loving
God and of the few who are willing to
leave the comforts of home to take the

On shore, the unusual sounds and
sights — the clatter of wooden sandals,
the kimonos worn by many, the babies

on mothers' backs, and the jinricksha
drawn by running men — made me feel

Like a drugged Giant

in Christian work, as workers have
gathered young people in small or rented
facilities. The Buttrays have had a 25
year dream of having our own spacious
camp site which can be used by churches
for year-round camp programs—even for
ski camps in the winter. This dream is
beginning to come true. A large tract
of land has been purchased, and part
of it has been cleared for tennis courts,
a ball field, and space for a residence.
There is hope that the property on which
the Buttrays have been living in Tokyo
can be sold soon to provide funds to
erect the necessary buildings.

reeling to his feet to do battle with some
unseen enemy...the nations of the world

have staggered to their feet to face an

intensely hostile last quarter of the
20th century!

According to the Japanese calendar,



26-4 2-chome, Kamiochiai

this is the year of the Dragon. During

Shinjuku Ku,Tokyo 161 Japan

the three-day New Years' holiday, 65

Telephone: (03)-361-6056

million Japanese made their way to
famous shrines and temples hoping to

receive special blessings for the New

With the economic situation at its

lowest since World War II, immorality
on the rise, divorces, crime, smoking,

Mrs. Homer Anderson
622 Cullum Street

Meadville, Pennsylvania 16335

drinking on the increase, one wonders
where it will end.

On April 27, 1950, Stanley and Mabel

like the characters in a book which I

was reading had come to life. There
were many things new and interesting,
and the people were very kind. As I
began to understand their speech, I
could "laugh with those who laughed

and weep with those who wept".
The years flew past. There were times
of rejoicing and times of discourage
ment and loneliness.

The verse which

came to me was "Nothing shall separate
us from the love of God which is in Christ
Jesus our Lord".

Now after having returned to my
homeland I become homesick for Japan.

Some may think, "Does the Lord
want me to be a missionary?" Of course
God wants you if you have a sincere
desire to bring the Gospel to those who

not heard.

He does not want

millions to die not having heard the
message of eternal life.

Pray for God's leading and go where
He sends.
to endure.

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He will give you strength


Japan, camps have also proven effective

sionary work in 1961 but came back for
a visit to Japan from September of 1971
to June of 1972. She now lives with
her sister in Eugene, Oregon. They
have a Bible study for older women in
their home once a week, and they are
active in the local church.

Buttray first set foot on Japanese soil.
They taught in Tokyo Bible Seminary
their first term, started two churches,
and evangelized through many other
means. At present they are involved in
the establishing of a Christian Camp

When most people think of Japan they think of
Mt. Fuji and cherry blossoms. Mt. Fuji is not a
God but it is an object of worship in Japan.


Warren & Eileen

by Betty Patton (p.2i)


We are one of the new families of the

70's to come to Japan, and have not had
our own work as yet. My first visit to
Japan was in 1964-66 when I was station
ed here with the U.S. Navy. I visited
many missionaries then and as a result,
I saw that Japan is a great country that
has yet to be reached for Christ on a
wide scale. So, I returned to the States
and entered Pacific Christian College,
where I met Eileen. We both graduated
in 1970 with a degree in Missions.
Feeling the need of more preparation,
I entered the M.A. program at the School



Mission, Fuller Seminary,

Pasadena, CA.

While in the middle of

To BE a missionary and not TO
MARRY a missionary was my goal when
I entered Bible College at the age of 21.
Those who had been an influence on my
life were missionaries from foreign
fields. However, I had already decided
that I would not go to a foreign field
unless I was married. After working 3
years on Indian Reservations, marry
ing a missionary and going to a foreign
field became a reality.
Nine months after our marriage,
Andrew and I set foot in Japan. It was
a rainy Monday morning because a
typhoon was nearing Tokyo. On Tues
day, Andrew started to teach in the
Bible College 22 hours a week and
studying the remainder of the day.
Wednesday, I got lost going to language
school and could not speak Japanese.
Thursday a giant typhoon hit Tokyo;
on Friday came my first earthquake;
on Saturday came the aftershocks; on
Sunday there were potato salad sand
wiches and green tea for our reception
at the church.

There was no return

ticket or perhaps I might have used it.
Because of Andrew's previous work
and knowledge of Japanese I had a hard
time finding my place of service. For
the next 5 years he taught in the Bible
College and visited churches on the
Lord's Day. I finally found a church
where I could play the pump organ on
the Lord's Day. Also, I became the
treasurer and did the correspondence
for the Seminary. All of this was very
different from teaching Bible classes.
We moved into our new home within

the year and found that caring for tra-

that program, we took a year (1971-72)
to serve furlough relief for the Harold

Coles in Ono, Japan. That was a good
year during which we observed the
Japanese church there, learned some

basic Japanese, and became parents for
the first time. (We now have three
I returned then in 1972 to finish my
remaining year with the School of World
Mission, but am still working on my
thesis and language requirements. Fol

lowing that, we began organizing the
Kansai Christian Mission, which is a non
profit corporation registered with the
State of California, and speaking among
the churches, mostly in Southern Cali

fornia. In September 1974, we began our
first official term in Japan as we entered

continued by the Coles. With both the
Coles and the Fleenors in the States,

we will plan to continue working in
this area for the rest of this term. In

Asashina, there is a new church (3 Chris
tians so far), a Sunday School, and a nice
building to meet in, so we plan to move
out there this coming Spring while
finishing up language study. Tatashina
and Mochizuki are being kept open with

an English Class and a Bible Class respec
tively. In cooperation with the camp

program of the Stan Buttrays, we will
do what we can to plant new churches
in this area.

into the 2-year language study program
of the Karuizawa Language School.
Because my mother has been here to help
us, we have both been able to study

Following language study, it has been
our plan to return to the area between
the churches of Ono and Okayama to
work. However, due to the Coles'recent
return to the States because of illness,
we have assumed the responsibilities of
the three preaching points in the Karui
zawa area begun by Steve Fleenor and

2254-3 Karuizawa-machi

Nagano-ken, 389-01 Japan
Telephone; (02674)-2-2452

c/o Miss Marge Phipps
734 Loma Street, No. 12

Long Beach, California 90804

velers and new missionaries to the field

was of great service to others. Our home
has been blessed greatly as we have served
in this way. Since 1960, Andrew has
restarted 2 churches and begun one new

I have been contented in shar

ing in the music program, and the food
and fellowship part, and also in camps
and coffee house evangelistic programs.
Many women would not have been

satisfied to be in the background of
mission work.

But I feel I have found

my place there. It will not be long until
all of our children will be grown and
away from home. Then perhaps I will
find other and new ways of serving.
I thank God for our marriage and for all
the tests and trials I have had being

Here are some practical things that
might help you. For a few examples, try
I wish someone had told me

...that visas may take several months
to be granted, and that in some places
you need a sponsoring group in the
country before your visa can be granted;
...that there are, in many countries,
special missionary travel centers which
can reduce the cost of overseas travel


...that if you travel by air and have
baggage traveling by sea, you have to fill
out an "Unaccompanied Baggage Form"
while on the plane; it saves a lot of
trouble and import taxes;
...that it would be helpful to have a
course in bookkeeping. It's needed al
most daily;
...that you may need to learn a few
things about repairing. For example,
can you change a faucet washer? Better
learn how;

...that you should check ahead about
the availability and suitability of elec
tricity before taking American appliances
with you;
...that you should inquire about avail
able parts and/or service and ribbons
for the kind of typewriter you are taking
...that you may need to take with you
some types of medicine from America.
You can't always find what you need.
...that your size of shoes or clothing
might not be available. Think carefully

about your sizes if you are going to a
place where the local people are generally
smaller than Americans;
...that heating a house can be an un
expected problem. I wish someone had
told me that Japanese houses don't

usually have any form of heating already
supplied. I wish I had checked out the
kerosene oil heaters while in America;
they look mighty good now.
~Lee Jones

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Martin & Evelyn Clark
The work to which Martin and Evelyn

Clark were called was that of educating
preachers. Osaka Bible Seminary was

there were 25 students.)

Every one

of those first students, and all those

until ten years ago, were recruited by

instituted by Harold and Leone Cole


at the invitation of M.B. and Maude

In school mainly as a result of Japanese
influence. These students today need
little, if any, subsidy compared to full

W. Madden in the fall of 1937. War years
interrupted the program before any
students were graduated.

The Clarks arrived April 23, 1950.

Harold Cole had begun the school upon
returning to Osaka in 1947. Paul Nielsen

and Geoi^e Beckman were assisting and
classes were in progress for the school

Today, every student is

subsidy in those early years.

We now

have one of the most useful and appro
priate buildings adequate for at least
fifty students. The Alumni association
is giving thrilling demonstration of their
concern for their Alma Mater and the
needs of each other. We still lack ade

year of 1950-51. There were no seminary
buildings since they had been destroyed

quate dormitory facilities, but what we

in the bombing.

do have is sufficient for now. Our faculty

Re-organization was

the first objective — finally accomplished
by the following school year.
It must be remembered that, in
enumerating achievements, the present
status of Osaka Bible Seminary has not
been the work of one person. When we

arrived there were eight very diligent,
but dissatisfied, students with no alumni,
no buildings of their own, no dormitory,
no supporting churches or Christians and

consists of five Japanese and five Amer
icans all of whom have at least Master's


degrees. Financially speaking, the story

4-21 Nakamiya,4-Chome,

a few years ago there were no Japanese
sources of regular income, Osaka Bible
Seminary's regular reports now show
ten or more, totaling at least ten percent

Asahi-ku, Osaka
535 Japan



more encouraging.

of the budget.

There are always times of discourage


Osaka Bible Seminary

an ail-American faculty with a minimum

ment, but the song writer was correct.

of experience. (We still have an enroll
ment of eight, although at one time

Count your blessings—name them, one

Box 696

by one! SEE what the Lord hath done.

San Jose, California 95106

Praise His Name


m.k: and became a


by Coral Mings (p. i9)
Everyone is familiar with the slogan
"Join the Navy and See the World,"
but how about "Join a Missionary and

time of groping for words, leaning on
interpreters (who, though well-intention

U.S. (just into Canada) only once in my

ed, sometimes get things exactly back
wards), and generally feeling inferior
and left-out. 1 can't stress enough the

twenty years when my husband of 16

importance of adequate language study.

See the World?" 1 had been out of the

months whisked me across the ocean to

My advice to M.K.'s returning to the

Japan. "Seeing the World" meant look

ing at nothing but ocean for 16 days, so
when 1 first saw Japan 1 thought it was
the most beautiful place I'd ever seen.
It was landl

It was difficult to leave my parents
that first time, but they promised. Lord

willing, that they would make one trip
to Japan per term, and they have kept
their word. It is becoming increasingly
possible for relatives to visit the field,
thus lessening the homesickness so many
experience. How we praise God for

Not' having children right away, I
should have been able to study the
language for a solid two years, but 1
didn't—for various reasons 1 thought
good at the time—and now how I wish

1 had! Japanese is a difficult language—
not impossible—but difficult, and there

fore a basis of two years of study is
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Anything less means a life-

Study hard and leam quickly. In so
doing, youll earn the respect of your
husband, your in-laws and the people
with whom you work, and SO important
you'll be happy with yourself.
*Missionary Kid

field with wives in tow: get your own
living quarters. My mother-in-law would
be the first to agree, I'm sure. The
closest and most loving of families
can and do have problems when forced
to live together.

by Lee Jones (p. 15)

My advice to wives of M.K.'s: learn



of the

culture in

As an "experienced" {VA years) mis

which you are going to live before you
get there. Learn how to greet people

sionary, I should be expected to be able

politely—you'll be doing a lot of that
and you'll save yourself much embar
rassment if you learn ahead how to do
it correctly. Know something of the
money of the country and carry some
with you—at least enough to make a
phone call. Study maps of your arealearn your way around quickly. Don't
be a hot-house plant—get out and explore.


to give expert, exact advice concerning




overseas. At present, being here is like
a giant do-it-yourself kit, with no instruct
ions included, and a strict deadline to

meet for it's completion. In such a case,
no person can do an absolutely complete

job of giving advice; we can only try.
Even veteran missionaries sometimes for

get, or run up on a new regulation or

And finally, be patient with your M.K.

piece of red tape. Novice missionary,

husband. He can't imagine your not
being able to say the simplest words in

be sure your cup runneth over with
patience, for you'll need it on the mission

the language in whichi he is so fluent.


Harold & Leone Cole
Harold and Leone first went to Japan
in March, 1937 as members of the Osaka
Christian Mission (Madden). Harold had

been asked to be^n a Bible College for
the training of national preachers and
workers. Osaka Bible Seminary began
in 1937 with Mr. Shibano as interpreter
and Mr. Kaneko, his first student. The
Coles worked

with the

Asahi Church

Leone returned to the States in Oct.,
1940 at the third order of the U.S. State

Department. Harold returned in April,
1941 when his presence in Japan became
an embarrassment and trial to the Japa
nese Christians.
three weeks later.

Harold Jr. was bom

The Coles spent the summer visiting
their supporting churches and in Sept.

in building an all year round Bible camp.
Harold's present work is assisting in

getting the grounds ready for buildings.
The Coles teach and preach in Karuizawa;
Asashina, where a Christian Center has
been esUblished in a rented building;
Mochizuki and Tateshina towns. All are
located within fifteen minutes of the

camp site. Harold and Leone also minister

and Christian
kindergarten, taught
English Bible classes and English classes
in a night school as they began the study

accepted a second ministry with ^e

once a month to the Christians in a

Yuma, Arizona church. (Previous ministry

leprosarium in Kusatsu City.

was Sept., 1935 to Dec., 1936). From

David (19) is a sophomore in Pacific

of the Japanese language with a private

March, 1943 to March, 1946, Harold
served as a chaplain in the U.S. Air

Christian College (FuUerton, CA) and


After travelling among our churches
in forty states for eleven months with
a house trailer and three children,(Harold

5, Karen 3, Barbara 2), Harold sailed
for Japan in April, 1947 with the family
joining him in November.
Harold reopened Osaka Bible Seminary
and invited four other families to join
the Mission. The Coles' work has consisted

of teaching in the Seminary, teaching
Bible classes, preaching, evangelistic trips
into rural areas, women's and children's
work, Sunday schools, VBSs, intensive

plans to return to Japan as a missionary.
He spent the summer of 1975 in evangel

ism in Japan.

He was of great help in

contacting new youths in many areas
and in the opening of the Bible Center

in Asashina. Sept., 1975 marked Harold's
fortieth anniversary in the ministry,
38 years having been dedicated to Japan!


31-1190 Karuizawa Machi

Nagano Ken
389-01 Japan

childrens' meetings, printing of tracts,
booklets and books for all of our churches

Ll..i '4l ^ Jik.^
tutor. They began another Christian
kindeigarten and worship services in a
rented Japanese house at Amijima,

in Japan and Okinawa, work in Old
People's Homes, a blind ministry and
film evangelism in homes,schools, offices
and factories. They assisted nationals in

Mrs. Genevieve Kuhn

1829 Oregon Avenue
Long Beach, California 90806

establishment of eleven churches.

In Dec., 1973 the Coles moved to
Nagano Prefecture to assist Stan Buttray

by Betty Turner (p- 25)
I was a missionary to the Philippines-

first single, then married, and then a




ground, have a general belief in the
existence of one true and living God,
and of Jesus Christ His Son, and of the

some adjustments. However, the greatest

Bible as the Word of God. The task there

adjustment I ever had to face was when
I as a missionary wife and mother came

is to lead people to follow what the
Word teaches. In Japan there is no such
background. We must teach that God IS
before we can proceed to teach about

from the Philippines to Japan. It was like
entering a different world!

In the Philippines, English was widely
spoken, but I also learned the dialect of
the area where I worked. On my arrival
in Japan I was not only "deaf and dumb"
but totally illiterate as well.
The place of women in society was
another adjustment. In the Philippines
women are held in high respect and
treated well.

I learned jQl too soon that

this is not true in Japan.

Women are

expected to stand on trains, carry heavy
loads, serve the men,etc.

In the Philippines there are only a
few missionaries, but there are five Bible
colleges, training hundreds of national
workers, and there are several hundred

New Testament congregations. In Japan
there are more missionaries, but few
trained nationals, and only one Bible
Filipinos, with a history of over
400 years of Roman Catholic back

His Son and His Word.

In the Philippines there is freedom



to have released time Bible classes in the

public schools. Also in the warm climate
there, a year-round program of intensive
evangelism is carried out, with many
converts each year.
Results in Japan are painfully slow.
However, having worked in what is termed
a "responsive field" I can testify to the
fact that there is a great need for the
seed to be sown before there can ever
be a harvest in this land. Millions of

Japanese people have still not heard
the gospel.
If I had my "druthers" I would
prefer to work in the Philippines. How
ever, I don't regret having come to Japan
with my husband to share in the difficult
work of plowing and planting. We are
confident that in due time there will be
a tremendous harvest!

Kannon — Goddess of Mercy
The average Japanese is an idolator.

He worships a god that he can
understand and appreciate with his

five senses. Thus Satan holds an
idolatrous sway
over Japan^s
millions with an iron grip.
Page 9

by Carolyn Barricklow (p. 3)
The summer of 1970 was a dream

Ernest & Neva Fober
Ernest and Neva Faber, with their
18-month-old daughter, Linda, came to

Japan in August 1954.

After eighteen

months of language study they moved to

come true: traveling in Japan with the
OHAYO SINGERS. For our sponsors,
the Pratts, it was a costly venture in time,

Hokkaido to begin a work in the city of

planning, and money (even though the

Stephen lijima, a Tokyo preacher and a
native of Obihiro, led them in selecting

singers raised their own air fare). But
the singing group attracted attention.

Obihiro, an agricultural center.


the southern part of this city where

We were able to sing in schools and other

services were begun in their home. By

public places to large crowds; we could
witness to a lot of people and make con

that time their family had increased by
two more children, Charles and Allan.

tacts for evangelistic services later on,
or for correspondence courses. We met
a lot of people, made a lot of friends,
and saw a lot of sights. Most important,

The third son, Donald, was bom during

though, we learned that missionary life

the Tokyo Bible Seminary, took chaise

is not exactly fun and games. We had to
learn to cope with each other as well as
with an alien society. Some of us were

there has its own building and a small

shocked by Japan's integrated public

of the mission. They have reimbursed
the mission for the price of the land.

facilities (No

MEN'S or


Gotta be kiddin'!), some rebelled at shar
ing a public bath, some were drowned
in green tea or surfeited by bean jam
sweets. It was a beginning, a look into
the life of another world.
The summer of 1975 was a dream

come true, but in a different way. I went

their first furlough in 1960.
They continued to work in Obihiro

until 1967. Mr. Sugiura, a graduate of
of the work at that time.

The church

parsonage. It is financially independent
The Fabers moved to the new port
and industrial city of Tomakomai in


Two years after beginning the

work in a small apartment they were

joined by Mr. Kimura. Mr. Kimura, a
graduate of Osaka Bible Seminary, is a
native of Hokkaido who was baptized

alone to Hiroshima, to spend six weeks

community on a day-to-day basis, and

in scope and nature, but both were

low days in between the peaks of feverish
activity. I faced frustration at the in

adequacy of my college Japanese for

valuable in seeking God's will for my
life. During the summer of travel, I was
able to see lots of missionaries doing lots

of different things: it was a great way

simple things like shopping or catching

to survey the field. In Hiroshima, I was

a bus. How I learned to appreciate the
virtues of patience and persistence I

able to zero in on my own chosen

saw in my missionary friends!

wife, assumed the responsibility for the

work. His salary is partly paid by the
mission but other expenses are met







these funds

three lots were purchased and a mission

My two internships were very different

to see the missionaries struggling through

in 1973, Mr. Kimura, with his young


I was able to relate to the


added two years later. When the Fabers
went to America for their third furlough


in one place as a teacher instead of

traveling as a semi-celebrity. I unpacked
my suitcases, and followed a fairly regular

by Ernest in Obihiro. A church building
was built in 1971 and a parsonage was

ministry, to learn to create my niche in

house was built in a new residential area

in the northern part of Hokkaido's capital
city, Sapporo. The house and a church
building were completed in December

of 1974 and the work was opened. At

present six adults plus the Fabers attend
services regularly. One of these. Miss
Yoko Fujii, is a former member of

Obihiro's church and a graduate of Osaka

missionary life, seeing the kingdom grow


day by day.

assistance to the work.


She lends valuable
These adults

provide a nucleus for reaching into the
new communityThis small group
budgets 15% of the offerings to the
mission in payment



the church

They also meet all operating


English classes are extensively used
to reach the adults, children, and youth


of the area.

Vacation Bible Schools

with averages of 25-30 children are held
both during the winter and summer

vacations. Tliese are in addition to regular

Sunday school and worship services.

Evangelistic meetings, specif services,

tract evangelism are also used.

North 49, East 15
Higashi ku, Sapporo
065 Japan

Telephone; (011)-731-8118

This is a Shinto Shrine. Few people

Page 10


John Noe

come to worship at the shrine


Box 173


Adel, Iowa 50003

Julius & Virginia Fleenor



When the Japanese bombed Pearl
Harbor, I was preaching in Willamina,
Oregon. As young men, answering the
call of Uncle Sam, left for the battle
fields of the world, I felt called to enter
the chaplaincy. The path led from Willa
mina to Massachusetts, to California,


by Harlan Woodruff (p. 29)


when Julius and Virginia Fleenor arrived

in Tokyo. Grace Famham (see p. 6),
faithful missionary in Japan for 35
years, provided them housing for their

After that, land

was donated to them by Japanese Chris
tians. A mission home was built, and
the first church was planted. Since then


1-5-15 Naka Ochiai

they have been used to plant four other

Shinjuku, Tokyo
161 Japan

churches in Tokyo and surrounding areas,

all of which are self-supporting and under
Japanese leadership. Plans for relocating
the first church in two separate areas of
Tokyo in order to expand its ministry

Telephone: (03)-951-6025

Mr. & Mrs. George Crawford

son, Stephen, to Japan in 1950. He and

1075 NW 123rd Ave., Apt. 16
Portland, Oregon 97229

his father have worked together in min
istry. During the last four years Stephen
and his family have served here as full





were also bom to Julius and Virginia

in Japan, and in 1968 they adopted two
Japanese sons who were ages 4 and 5
then. God has used the children to open
many doors for the gospel.

llie following methods are used for
evangelism: (1) A summer camp pro
gram in the mountains since 1952, (2)
Preaching and teaching in homes and
churches, (3) Helping those in trouble,
(4) Opening Christian kindergartens, (51
Calling in homes and hospitals, (6j
Teaching English Bible in high schools
and colleges, (7) Printing tracts for
evangelism, (8) Giving and selling Bibles

and Bible portions, (9) Street meeting
work, (10) Film evangelism in schools,
rented halls, homes, and camps, and
(11) Training Japanese Christians to
witness to others.

Japan has many open doors.


greatest problem is too few workers.

by Larry Lambdin (p. i6)
As a U.S. Army specialist transferred

send, and who will go for us?" The only
response that could be made was: "Here
am I! Send me".

But the real beginning was in Colo
rado ten years before when I dedicated
myself to the Lord and headed for
Northwest Christian College to prepare
for a work within the will of God.

Editors' note:

strong Christian home, I had rebelled.

Maxey were also chaplains.

The Christian influence was still in my
life, however, as the first thing I did was


school I had committed myself to go
where the need was the greatest; here on
Okinawa I saw that need. God put it
all together and we were headed for a
lifetime of service in Japan's most south
ern district, Okinawa Prefecture.

from Vietnam to Japan, I was a typical
young GI. Although brought up in a

Harold Cole and Mark

to contact the nearest missionary to my

That contact led a "fallen" Christian

Twenty seven years ago when planning

to studying the Bible in order to teach

to come to Japan as missionaries we

English Bible on weekends to Japanese
university clubs. From this study I came
to see Jesus, the crucified and risen Lord
as a reality in my life.

travelled thousands of miles and visited

many churches. At the end of nine
months, fifteen churches had made a

On leave from the Army to drive the

total promise of $200.00 monthly! Now,
twenty-five years later (except for about

first "Ghayo" Singers, we stopped at
the church in Ono. While the singers

two exceptions) the same churches are

were witnessing to the Japanese, the

creased four times!

We ask your prayers. Jesus said, "The

minister, Mr. Masatami Kikkawa, decided

harvest truly is plenteous, but the labour
ers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord

to witness to me.

of the harvest that He will send forth
labourers into His harvest." Matt.9:37-38.

of 1945. During one full year in that
war-torn land came experiences that led
me back as a missionary. Never to be
erased from memory was the sight of
those 10,000 white crosses in seven
American cemeteries. Reports indicated
that 100,000 Okinawans had died;
100,000 Japanese soldiers had been
killed, and ninety-four percent of all
buildings had been destroyed. In the
midst of this utter desolation, where
multitudes groped without hope and
without God in the world, came a voice

both loud and clear: "\^om shall I

are now in process.

The Fleenors brought a three year old

New Caledonia, and then to

battles was about to end in the summer

existed in ministry since October 1950

first year in Japan.


Okinawa, where one of the war's fiercest

The mission was incorporated in 1975
in Portland, Oregon, but has in fact

continuing their support which has in
— Stanley Buttray

With Leone Cole

translating, Mr. Kikkawa said, "Japan
needs Evangelism!" I said, "America
needs Evangelism." Mr. Kikkawa then
stated, "America has Christians in the

There may be outward culture changes

pews who can do the evangelism, Japan

in the Japanese but attitudes remain


We need missionaries, not for

oriental. Anything the Japanese import

Advice to anybody wondering about an

the money they bring, but for spiritual


I earnestly believe God was
using Mr. Kikkawa to show me the need
for missionaries in Japan. Could it be

becomes Japanese—it has an oriental
flavor. You also will absorb the aroma!

It will be that certain something that

that God is calling you to Japan as well?

causes children to tell your son that he

Editors' note:

sticks out like a sore thumb!

3. Get a pair of chopsticks and learn to
use them.

in Japan are: Mark Maxey, Don Burney,
Bill Turner, Harlan Woodruff, Ernest
Faber, Warren Christianson, Robert

1. Go! Take any opportunity you can,
but prepare for it.

2. Read all you can about Japan and
Japanese customs.

4. Pack a lot less than you think you'll

— Carolyn Barricklow

Others who were in the

military service and now serve the Lord

Warrick, Harold Cole, and Milton Jones.

relatives can't put their finger on which
It will

be that which caused the priest's friends
to tell him he was no longer Italian.

But it will be a personal blessing im
— Ernest Faber

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by Martin Clark (p. 8)

those whose language of communication
might be said to be English-Japanese.
Included in this evangelistic opportunity


Gibney, Frank.


are Japanese nationals who enjoy study
ing and expressing themselves in English.
For the purpose of using this opportunity
for Christ, The Nations Church of Christ
came into being. Perhaps in the U.S.A.
it would not be called a church, maybe
more of a dream, a hope, a prayer. We

Five Gentlemen of
Charles E. Tuttle

Company, 1953.
Japan: Fragile Super Power. Tokyo:

Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1975.
Frank Gibney writes well and captures
interest with a style that is highly infor
mative yet records history as a narrative.
In his first volume, the five gentlemen are
actual persons whom he knew intimately.
The two volumes give the reader a per
sonal view into what actually happened
in the life of a Japanese from pre-war
days to the present, including current

believe it is more than that. It is a task

given to us by the Lord Himself. It is my
privilege that the Lord sees fit to use me
to labor with this particular church in its
early development.
The Lord has not, however, confined
me to Tokyo. We continue to pray and

work for the development of Christian
Summer Institute on the lovely little
island of Awaji in Osaka bay. Here we

(1975) international situations related to
Japan and the United States. Both books
are a MUST for all missionaries, recruits
or anyone interested in Japan, in my

hope to develop a progr^ geared es
We sat, six of us on Jan. 4,'76, around
a table ladened


Japanese New

Year's delicacies; our host and his wife
Reischauer, Edwin.
Japan: Past and
Present. Charles E. Tuttle Company,

nese ancestry, and myself. The discus
sion had drifted to what they would real


Edwin 0. Reischauer was bom in Japan
of Episcopal missionary parents. His
wife is Japanese, the daughter of a former
ambassador to the United States. He
served a term as U.S. Ambassador to

Japan in Post-War years. His more recent
work along with this one is an excellent
review of Japan's role in current history
through the eyes of a diplomat who
knows his material as no one else can.

Sansom, G.B.

(Japanese), three young women of Chi

The Western World and

Japan. New York: Alfred A. Knopf,
Inc., 1931.
G.B. Sansom has written into his histories

of Asia a viewpoint not seen in ordinary
works. This particular book gives a basis

for understanding Japan's unique place
in the world as well as analyzing the fac
tors in geography and history which re
sulted in Japan's becoming "Japan." He
begins with the fail of the Roman Empire
and proceeds to the present.

ly like to be if they could forget cultural
backgrounds, qualifications, the reces
sion, etc. Finally one of them turned to
me and said, "Mrs. Fultz, what would

you really like to be?" A little startled
by the question, I answered,"A mission
ary." There was a ripple of laughter,
and I added, "The work is difficult and
the pay is small but there is no other
work that I'd want to do."

To the answer, "A missionary," I

could have added, "in Japan." Japan
may not be the melting-pot of Asia but
there are large numbers of Asians who
find their ways into this small-island

country. Especially in Tokyo there is an

of the Gods.


Isoda Bldg. Apt. E
15-8,6 chome, Minami-Aoyama
Minato-ku, Tokyo
107 Japan

Mrs. Velda Clatfelter
Box 222

Marshall, Illinois 62441

to the Japanese by pointing out the

aspects of the Japanese way of life.

Roman Catholic Jesuit coverage. The
history covered prior to World War II is
excellent, but his liberal, Council of
Churches bias decidedly weakens his
treatment of the post-war developments.

Nakane, Chie. Japanese Society. Berkley:
University of California Press, 1972.


differences. Agreeing or disagreeing with

The Rush Hour

New York: The Mc

Millan Company, 1972.
Many books are available about the var
ious religions of Japan. This one by
MacFarland, however rather than deal
ing with one religion only, analyzes the
basic tenets of the more recent religious
developments and gives the reader a view
into the philosophy of the Japanese mind
in religious thought.


kyo. Her ability and sense of humor in
viewing her own people from a cultural
view-point is not only interesting reading,
but one of the most concise (160 pages)
and accurate assessments of Japanese life
to be found.




Drummond, Richard Henry. A History
of Christianity in Japan.

Jews. New York: Weatherhill, 1972.

The unique and exclusive character of
the Jews is well known. This book makes

a highly interesting use of this similarity


Nakane is a Professor of Social

Anthropology in the University of To

Ben-Dasan, Isaiah. The Japanese and the

Page 12


Christ among these peoples. These are

the insight it bring.s into the cultural
MacFarland, H. Neill.

build them. Then will come the need for

helpers, especially for summer help.
Write us if you would like to be kept

opportunity, I believe, for a work for

the author does not lessen the value of

pecially for the Junior-highs and the
Senior-highs on the island (There are no
colleges). The facilities, when completed,
will serve others too. Two small groups
of Tokyoites have already had retreats
there in previous years. We hope there
will be more. The need -- urgent and im
mediate - is for buildings, or funds to

Rapids; Errdmans, 1971.
This is the best y«;t written on the sub
ject, mainly because of the section on the

Garst, Laura Delany. A West Pointer in
the Land of the Mikado. New York:

Fleming H. Revell Co., 1913 (out of
If this can be found, you have a real
Western Frontier novel type introduction
to a thrilling life story of our first mis
sionary to Japan. Charles E. Garst and
his wife chose a pioneer field in Japan Akita • where no other foreigner lived
in those primitive days.
(Continued p. 13)


Ben & Nobuko Hirotako

by Bill Turner (p. 25)

Ben Hirotaka was bom in 1937 in

Portland, Oregon, and was taken back to

Japan in 1941. He was placed in the care
of his uncle who was a Buddhist priest

From 1950 to 1952 while serving in
the U.S. Army in Japan, I became inter
ested in mission work. After getting out
of the Army I studied at Atlanta Chris
tian College to prepare to be a mission
ary, in hopes of coming back to Japan.
The idea grew in my mind that to be a
successful missionary it would be better
to be like the Apostle Paul and remain
single. Most people, however, seemed to

until he returned to America in 1956. He

became a Christian in 1957. He then at

tended Northwest Christian College,
Christian Theological Seminary and Cin
cinnati Bible Seminary.

Nobuko was bom in Japan in 1939
and was raised here. She visited America

in 1966 and became a Christian there in

1967. Shortly after her conversion she

believe that one cannot do overseas work

as a single male missionary, so I was per
suaded that it would be better to marry
in order to do a better job for the Lord.
In 1956, I met Betty Yarbrough dur
ing her first furlough from the Philip
pines. I was very impressed with her
ability to serve so well as a single mission
ary. During her next furlough our re
lationship continued to grow, and we
were married in March of 1962.

We went to the Philippines instead of
to Japan because of Betty's obligations
and experience in mission work there.
It is a little ego-deflating to go to a mis

married Ben.


4-6 Keiyu-danchi, Shime machi,
Kasuya gun, Fukuoka ken,

cause of our son Tim's health and came

to Japan. Here I was at a slight advan
tage because of having served in Japan
with the Army. However, we were both
relative newcomers to the work, so we
labored together in establishing our work
in Japan.
To recruits, we would point out that

there may be difficulties in marrying
someone who has already been in mis
sion work, but they are not insurmounta

ble. I feel that the advantages outnumber
the disadvantages. I am thankful to have
a helpmeet who is a dedicated missionary,

and not just "tagging along" behind a
missionary husband.

quarters and some of their work. Ben

811-22 Japan
Telephone: (09293)-5-6079

also ministered to the Nakamiya Church
of Christ during that time.
In September, 1974, they moved to


their present location, Shime, in Fukuo
ka Prefecture, Kyushu. They rented a

sion field depending almost entirely upon
your wife because of her experience in
the language, culture and work. Betty
was very patient with me in my inexper
ience, and I was slowly brought into the
position of leadership in our mission
In 1965 we left the Philippines be

Ben and Nobuko returned to Japan in
August, 1973, with the purpose of wit
nessing for Christ Jesus. Tljey lived in
Osaka for one year, and during Geoi^e
Beckman's and Martin Clark's furlough,
looked after the two missionaries' living

Mr. & Mrs. Art Holden

little house on the outskirts of Shime and

3550 S.E.eSth Ave.

began their missionary work. Their first
step was to make friends with the neigh

Portland, Oregon 97206

bors and to get to know as many as they
could. Before converting the people they
must gain trust through friendship. Their

daily lives are concentrated on winning
Japan. Tokyo:
Ltd., 1975.

The Japan Times,

This is a new publication giving an excel
lent summary of answers to the questions
about bi-cultural life in Japan related to

such items as visas,landing permits,taxes,
insurance and more.

It is a MUST for

They teach English and have Bible

study for about 30 children on weekdays.
They started regular Sunday morning
services in August, 1975, with 5 adults.

By December, 1975, the meeting had
grown to 15 to 20 adults every Sunday,
which is just about the maximum their
little house can hold. None of these had
ever read the Bible or heard about Christ


Note "A"

The most important and most difficult

There is no history in any form of the

task lies in the future-that is to make


this group a strong and lasting Church of


of Churches of Christ in

Japan, Maude Whitmore Madden wrote a
number of books, but not histories. All
are out of print as is also the Garst book


and A. McLeans History of the Foreign

Christian Mission^ Society which con
tains a good section on origins of work
in Japan.


(Continued from p. 12)
Maxey, Mark G. Way Down Here. San
Clemente, Calif: Go Ye Books, 1972.
Mark Maxey found an area in our modern
times almost as isolated and unknown as

Akita was to the Garsts. Do you pray-


Note "B""

If these books cannot be located they
may be ordered from Go Ye Books,
147 Ave Cota, San Clemente, CA 92671
or Go Ye Books, Box 14, Kanoya, Kagoshima 893, Japan.

or get down and get under when the
Jeep breaks down? What do you do
when a typhoon threatens to lift the

roof off the house in which you are
sheltered? Way Down Here is a blow by
blow account of the present day life of
a missionary in Japan.
Research Committee.

Now You Live in

by Lois Sims (p. 24)
Anger is sometimes expressed or
hidden with a short laugh. Embarrassment
usually is covered by a laugh. Grief—often
a person laughs when informing you of
the death of a loved one.

The non-Christian native may be more
strongly Influenced by the attitude of
the missionary than the teaching of the
missionary even though that teaching
is very Biblically based.
— George Beckman

They don't want to cause any dis
pleasure or sorrow to you. Happiness is
of course expressed with healthy laughter.
Jokes—most American jokes are not
translatable, and many Japanese ones
are plays on words that cannot be under
stood by foreigners.. Kidding is seldom
understood or enjoyed.
Page 13

is a problem. Good interpreters are hard
to come by. Christian interpreters are

Daynise Holloway

even fewer.

So we can never be sure

if the message we want to send is being
received in correct form or not.

It is

better to leam and use Japanese.
I think that even while we are learn

ing Japanese we must be about our task

of preaching Christ. But I don't think

Susai, Yoshii-Cho
Akaiwa-gun, Okayama Ken
701-25 Japan

we should be satisfied with using only
English. We can be so much more effec
tive if we will only be willing to tackle
the language and let the Lord help us
to put it into use for Him.

Lee Dummer

2014 SW 7th Avenue

West Linn, Oregon 97068


a satisfaction that is difficult to describe.

At times Daynise wonders why it took so





and years of persistent nudges from
Christian friends were the tools God used

to direct Daynise Holloway to Okayama
Ken in Japan. In San Jose Bible College
the first suggestion came from Rebecca
Still. During her teaching years in Oregon,






and missionaries—especially Stephen and
Carol Fleenor. From 1970 through the

long to answer God's leading to come
to Japan. If you feel that God is speak

ing to you, please, don't delay—come.

who couldn't wear short shorts like she


had done all her life in California; the
Japanese big city girl who couldn't stand

by Jerri Lynn Ar]derson (p. 2)

going to a Missions Seminar who were
told to "put on dresses, girls—we are
going to Texas"; the Japanese Christian
who was "shocked at the language and

summer of 1973, Daynise served as
Stephen and Carol's personal repre
sentative—giving slide presentations of
their work in Japan throughout North
west Oregon.
In July of 1972, Daynise came to
Japan to help Stephen and Carol in
English Bible camps in Karuizawa. In

the fall of the following year she returned
to Japan to teach missionary children
in Nagoya. The next summer,she joined
Audrey West in Okayama Ken to serve
while Audrey was on furlough in America.
The last year has been full! At the
Christian Center she taught English Bible
classes as well as meeting guests of the
Center. There were messages at Emi and
occasionally at monthly joint worship
meetings, a girls' Bible class in Emi,
and oi^an music each Lord's Day morn
ing at Hayashino, as well as the Bible
study that goes with teaching. It was a
most satisfying year.
With Audrey's return from America,
both Audrey and Daynise began to look
earnestly to the future. Plans are being
made to enlarge the work in Okayama
by establishing a church in Susai, a village
of 3,000 people about twenty minutes
south of the Christian Center.

On her return the first of March,

I came to Japan in June, 1974. I
buckled down to studying Japanese for

yet do so in Japanese, So I began telling

I need some privacy." "Why do they

about Him in English. That helps me to

lie?—I want the real reason." "He almost

obey Jesus' command in a small way
while I prepare to obey it in a much
larger way in the future.

caused an accident. Why does he sit there

There is a great need to use Japanese

Why did they scrape the icing
off?"" Why do they think they are so

in spreading the Gospel in Japan.
Although a lot of Japanese speak English,
we can only go so deep into Christianity
using English. There is a point at which
comprehension ceases.
In order to
present Christ effectively to the most
people we need to use their own native

"Why don't they leave me alone—

and laugh?" "Why don't they eat my
delicious cake I made just for the meet

also at a (isadvantage. However there

superior when they can't even drive
without disobeying the law?"
Why! Why!
Sniffles CAN develop into pneumonia,
however, if not taken care of. If you
will make an effort to really find out
"Why?", and then eliminate the attitude
that groups the Japanese into the word
"they," you can deal with each case of

is a difference.

sniffles as it arises.

language. Because of the limits in using
a foreign language we missionaries are

ready Christians.

We missionaries are al

We know what we

want to say, we understand already. It
is easier for us to put our experience

into Japanese than for the Japanese to

try to grasp it for the first time in a
language that is not native to them.
If we learn Japanese diligently we can


clearly and effectively present

The greatest problem in cultural releam-

the Good News.

ing is the unknown. If one comes to

Although many Japanese use English
nowadays, there are great numbers of

Japan with some understanding of
Japanese culture and a basic knowledge
of the language, there should not be a

middleaged and elderly people as well

Daynise plans to establish residence in
Susai, continue her weekly Bible studies
with Mr. Takamore, a private English
teacher in Susai, and work toward making
contacts for the gospel. She will also
help at the Christian Center and continue
playing organ at Hayashino Church of

individuals are important to Jesus also.

Page 14

behavior" of the children—on the other

side of the tracks—in his own city.

as small children who don't.

The last two years' work has brought

the "needless, senseless gossip" of a small
Japanese community; the college girls

about 15 hours each week. Jesus said
to tell others about Him. I could not

1976, from a brief stay in America,


Culture shock, that is. I vote for
everyday sniffles.
My definition of
culture shock comes from my experience
of finding it everywhere I have ever seen
a person out of his own environment:
the preacher's wife in southern Illinois


They need His saving grace just as much
as anyone else. There is only one way
to get His message of love to them.
That is to communicate it in the only

language they undei-stand—Japanese.
I can imagine the question in some
minds about now. "Why don't you use

an interpreter?" We do. But again there

traumatic "culture shock".

One could

say that culture shock is like getting into
a bath without knowing the temperature.
If it is a scalding hot Japanese bath, the
person will have a traumatic experience.
However, the person who is forewarned
will be able to take proper precautions.
Read books. Learn all you can before
you come.

— Warren Christianson

Lee & Sandra Jones

22-11 Ushita Higashi
3-Chome, Hiroshima
730 Japan
Telephone: (0822)-27-8750
David and Ina Shaver
3775 Pitman Road

College Park, Georgia 30349

Lee and Sandra Jones came to Hiro

time of training for them. They have a


strong conviction that God can use many

September of 1974, after being members

kinds of people on the mission field.





of the Capitol View Christian Church

for twenty years.

Lee was bom in

Their work in Hiroshima is primarily

Atlanta and Sandra was raised there.

centered around the Hiroshima Christian

God led them to the mission field, al

Center, a joint work with Bill and Betty

though Lee's work was in architecture/

Tumer and Jerri Lynn Anderson. There

engineering, and Sandra's work was bank
ing, later to be a housewife and mother.

are Sunday morning and Sunday night

in making contacts.
Mission bookkeeping.

Sandra does the

The Jones' home is on a mountain side,
cool in the summer and quite cool in
the winter. They enjoy living in Japan,
finding the new culture very interesting
and the Japanese people always friendly.
Lee and

Sandra have three children:

Gary (8), Jennifer (5), and Peter (bom
in Hiroshima in April, 1975).

They felt very strongly the need to be

worship services as well as English/Japa
nese Bible classes at various times during

missionaries, and they were led to Japan.

the week. Special activities have included

In their home church, they were active

Please pray for their work and their

weekend retreats, which have been very
well attended. Lee also has some English
classes which seem to be very effective

patience. Discouragement seems to be
the devil's biggest tool against a new

in almost every possible activity. 'They
now feel that God was using this as a



by Mark Maxey (p. 18)

Ordinarily when we speak of "down"
geographically we think of going south.
In Japan it's different. When you head
for Tokyo from any direction you go


And when you leave Tokyo for

any destination you go "down".
Actually Tokyo is the political,
financial, cultural and educational center

untouched territory.

There are about

8,000 villages in Japan today with no
church, no minister, no missionary, no
witness of any kind. I am talking about
villages of several thousand people, not

of the nation. That makes it the popula

some place like Wall, South Dakota
with one drug store!
Doesn't that
challenge you?
3. People "way down here" are dif

tion center also.


Draw a hundred mile

They are clannish, feudalistic,

circle around Tokyo and you have 1/3
of the nation's population. Your circle
also takes in 2/3 of all the missionaries
and churches in Japan. There are reasons

stubbom, loyal to their old religions and
local superstitions and they speak their
own dialects—an effective way to screenout outsiders. They are also people of

for this—some good and some bad.

character—polite, friendly, hospitable,

The best reason is that this is the most

humorous; slower-paced, hard working,

concentrated mass of humanity in the
world and therefore the greatest mission
ary opportunity.
What can be our reasons then for living
in a place like Kanoya that nobody

honest and stable.

ever heard of?

uncommon influence.

You can exercise

personal, direct and sustained influence
on people and communities in a far
greater way then is possible in cities. And
the longer you stay, the more your

influence for Christ and the Gospel

The "down country" evangelist has his
price to pay, but he has spiritual compen
sations which are beyond price. Join us!

"The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers
are few."

Obviously country people are harder
to convert than city-dwellers who are

much more free to make personal decis
ions about religion. But when you win
rural people, look what you've got—

1. One of our reasons is spiritual. We

rugged men like Peter and John and

asked God to lead us to a place in Japan

faithful women like Mary and Martha.
Now comes the heartache. Tliese people

where nobody had ever gone with the
Gospel. As far as I know we are the only
non-Asian family to live here perman
ently in Japanese history. You could
have a "first" like that yourself.
2. "Down country" evangelism is
pioneering. You must pioneer in your
own living—rising to the challenge of
"make do". You must also pioneer with
the Gospel because you are entering

4. A rural evangelist has "influence".
Since you are uncommon, you have an

move to the cities. In country evangelism

you have to run a 100 yard dash just to
stand still. You "export" Christians dl
the time. Again, look what you've done!
By working in the country you have not
You have

The total land area in Japan is
about the same size of California.

provided them with their best Christian

However, 80% of the country


is mountainous. Much of it is too

neglected the cities after all.




That's satisfaction! You can have it too.

rugged to live in.
Page 15


Larry & Joanle Lambdin

by Audrey West (p. 27)
The reasons for my working mostly
in Japanese are mainly two: necessity

and opportunity.

Since I have lived

almost solely among Japanese people
during service in this country, and since
communication is not only a necessity
but also natural.

Yase, Konoe-cho 723-50
Sakyoku, Kyoto-shi
601-12 Japan
Telephone: 075-721-5890

I have learned what

language I have very much as a child
learns to speak. This means that my

Japanese is that of the area in which I
live. My grasp of the language is not
adequate for special occasions such as
taxes, insurance etc. At those times a

Steve & Charlene Case

Route 2, Box 25
Moweaqua, Illinois 62550

very willing and helpful teacher of Eng
lish comes to the rescue.

He also inter

prets during our larger meetings.
The next reason for working in Japa
nese is that the people have requested
my doing so, insisting that much express
ion and feeling are lost in interpreting.
At times some portions of the message
are weakened or perhaps completely
changed during interpreting. Thus, to
preserve rapport, intended meaning, to
say nothing of time, I speak as much as
possible in Japanese.

Please do not permit the fear of
learning another language to deter you
from serving the Lord and the lost in
another country if He is urging you

Larry and Joanie Lambdin's prepara
tion for mission work began before either
of them remembers, for they were both
raised in Christian homes by parents who
are thoroughly convinced of the need for
Christ in a lost and sinful world. Joanie

grew up in northeastern Ohio and from
early childhood dreamed of being a ser
vant for Christ in a foreign land. After
high school she entered the Cincinnati
Bible Seminary.

Larry's plans were different. He first
entered Purdue University to study

to "go". He will help you to communi
cate if you really yearn to teach His
truth to those who still haven't heard.

Besides, if you truly love the people,
you won't be able to endure not com
municating with them.

Differences in culture is no cause of

problems, but may reveal and increase
the intensity of problems that already
were present but dormant. Both the
culture of the native and that of the

by Vivian Lemmon (p. 17)
This is a poem — a prayer — written by
Miss Lemmon many years ago for in
clusion in the Cunningham Mission
newsletter. She says it still means much

missionary may be involved, as the
culture of the native may be anti-

Christian whereas the ' culture of the




be non-Christian; an


practices that seem so essential to the
missionary. An emphasis of these may
seriously hinder the native in becoming
a Christian or remaining one.

engineering, but left to join the U.S.

Army for four years—during which time
he served in Japan. While in Japan his
interest in missions grew and he returned
home and entered the Cincinnati Bible


Larry and Joanie first met

while students there.

After graduation they raised their

support and left for Japan in January
1975. The elders in Larry's home church
in Moweaqua, Illinois, kindly and prayer
fully agreed to oversee the Lambdin work.
Other area churches, and a few distant
ones, have also agreed to support them
with their prayers and finances.
Two weeks after arriving in Japan,
they entered the Kyoto Japanese Lang
uage School. Many missionaries have
encouraged them to devote at least two
years to a concentrated study of both
the written and spoken language before
beginning any specific evangelistic work.
"After one year of such study," Larry
says, "spending two to four hours of
study at home for each of the hours
of class each week, we appreciate the
wisdom of their advice."

During this important period of
language study they have spent much of

their free time travelling through Japan,

to her.

— George Beckman

was my prayer.

considering the spiritual needs of different
areas. "We've attempted to learn methods,

"Show me your way Dear Lord" I


Long before I ever came to Japan, this


prayed, "And I will walk therein"
Nor did I know the meaning of my
prayer, nor where 'Twould lead me.'
But He heard my cry, drew near to me,
and led me on and on.

Through days and years of preparation
He lit the way before me.

when I had fulfilled those times

He led me to a place where I should live
and work for Him.

"This is your place," he said. "These
are My lost ones. And if you love Me
you will love them too."
"Your way is plain. Dear Lord. Though
you have led me far

Still you are here to guide and comfort
me,and give me victory."
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missionaries in



this country.

Also the precious knowledge and gui
I wish every preacher could hear (and
understand) his sermon preached by an
interpeter at least once in his life. He
would find out whether he is saying
anything or not. The (good) interpreter

strips off every bit of flowery language
(he has to—who would understand it?),

dance from the Japanese Christians is
very valuable to our preparation," they

Of course, one never feels fully pre
pared, but when their time of "official"
preparation is completed, they plan to
have carefully and prayerfully come to

leaves out or summarizes all jokes (who
would understand them?), and when the
speaker wants to .say a thing in two
different ways for emphasis, the inter

a decision on where and how to begin
His work. At this point they hope to

preter is often forced to say the same
thing twice, because t)he speaker will








— Don Burney

plant churches in one of the many

areas where no evangelistic work is being
They hope to be as effective as possible
so that precious Japanese people will
accept Christ as Lord and Savior. To
God be the Glory.

Vivian Lemmon
The Japan I came to in 1930 was quite
different from that of today. I lived in
Tokyo with Grace Famham, Majel Lusby

home. I learned more about family life
and customs this way than through books
or study.

and Ruth Schoonover. We taught English
Bible classes to University students, and
used English in our home.

<7^ ^

among Japanese people in Tanabe has
been a wonderful experience for me. As
the only American in this small city I
learned to know the life, customs and
problems of the people. To some extent
I shared their lives, though an outsider
can never participate fully. Through

kindergarten, Sunday School,Bible classes,

the home work.

and church activities I saw them develop
physically and spiritually.

There are lonely moments too. Fill
them with praise and service for others.

In later years, living and working

. '-•-••• .vv .,



Apt. 21, 22-7, 4-chome

Omiya-cho, Asahi-ku, Osaka
535 Japan

Telephone: (06)-955-4622
Miss Pearl Gerner

419 S. Walsh

Garrett, Indiana 46738

1. I believe a new missionary should be
mature, with practical experience at
home, first. We are dealing with people,
souls in need. There are always tempta
tions, even for mature missionaries.

2. After a period of orientation and lang
uage study, everyone — man or woman —
should spend at least one term in the
country, or small town, learning to use
the language, to know and love the
people, to appreciate their culture and
customs. If possible live in a Japanese

with interpreters. I im^ine you have
already heard the old joke in which

"Interpreters" are called "Interrupters".
It is too true to be funny. And,of course,
it takes twice as long (or more) to preach
a sermon with an interpreter. IF you

saying David. That was enough! No
more interpreters. If a man knows the

beautifying their city, he's all wet!"?
(This particular interpreter didn't know
English well enough. He translated it
"—, we will be glad to do so," thus
reversing the speaker's meaning and
making him seem big-headed in the eyes
of the Japanese audience.)





changed his life.

"bean-balls" after becoming a Christian.
That one stopped the interpreter—a
"bean-ball" might be what we Americans

call a "bean bag" but it didn't seem to
fit the context.

your audience should be able to receive
your message approximately as you gave

sermon. "Excuse me,what is a bean-ball?"

it. BUT, you won't find one with those
qualities often, and if you do, it would
be better for him to preach the sermon—

system. We couldn't hear the speaker's

the audience would understand better.

both English and baseball, the next thing
the mike picked up was the interpreter's
incredulous, "Do you mean you TRIED
to hit them with the ball?" Wisely enough,
the speaker gave up and went on with
his sermon.
Very amusing when the

mangled, that is.) My sympathies are
with the interpreter. What is he to do
when an American ship's captain responds
to the Mayor's speech with "If the
Mayor thinks that a mere American can
give the Japanese any advice about

Learn the language.

He no longer threw

matter, in this case the Bible — then

(If it isn't the Gospel which is being

with trying to make me understood.


have a good interpreter — one who knows

It is amusing to listen to unwary
foreigners speak with an interpreter.

way of the Lord well enough to be a
good interpreter, then I must allow
him to preach and not take up his time

League pitcher preaching that Christ had

English perfectly (to know what you are

saying); who knows Japanese perfectly
(to translate your culture into the Japa
nese culture); who knows the subject

Love the Lord and let Him love the

people through you.

preter was saying Devil every time I was

by Don Barney (p. s)

you can use an interpreter and get by?


the Psalms with a background of the
life of David, I was told by one who
understood the Japanese, that the inter


Let me tell you about my experience

4. Keep your eyes upon Jesus.

forget why you came to Japan. Educa
tion and preparation are good. But too
much preoccupation with these tends to
alter our first high purpose.
I have found life as a single missionary
challenging and a blessing to me. I hope
I have been a blessing to others. And
the latter years are even better than the
earlier ones. He gives more grace and
joy every day in His service.

interpreter for sermons. Preaching from


So even if you don't learn the language,

3. A single missionary is more indepen
dent than a couple. Their first respons
ibility is to each other and the children.
This is scriptural. However, being single
I have been free to go and come without
thought of preparing meals on time.
In some ways perhaps we can get closer
to the people. Often, however, I envy
women with husbands who can fix things,
write letters and reports while wives do

So he stopped the

came out in English over the loudspeaker
reply, but much to the amusement of
those in the audience who understood

subject matter is baseball—very disturb
ing when it happens to be the Gospel.
My own experience when I first came
to Japan put an end to my using an

The Roponngi Expressway. They
do have good highways in Japan

but only about or between the
major cities. They are fast building
new roads.

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Mark & Pauline Maxey
How can a missionary set about try


ing to reach even a small part of this

great nation?

893 Japan

Here are some of the



The Gospel

must be lived before it can be preached.

Telephone: {09944)-2-2374

In this way, doors are open to the Japa
nese to listen to what the missionary has


to say about Christ.


Mrs. Cecil Smith, Jr.

The Apostle Paul

said: "It was God's good pleasure through
the foolishness of preaching to save

Box 417

North Vemon,Indiana 47265

them that believe." This has not changed.
Preaching for deci.sion is regularly carried

out in 8 churches and numerous preach
ing points.

LITERATURE: The Japanese are a
reading people. We have been producing

Mark Maxey first arrived In Japan
in December of 1946 as a military chap
lain. Pauline joined him in June of 1947.

Their experience of living in a nation
physically destroyed but spiritually seek
ing became a turning point in their lives.
They left the army in 1949 to begin the
Kyushu Christian Mission. They arrived
in Japan in August of 1950, and have
spent most of the 25 yeaK since that time

in Kanoya, a city of 65,000 at the very
southern tip of Japan proper. They
reared five children there.

Pauline was


Jesus' command to

"Go...teach...baptize...teach" must be
obeyed till He comes again. We are
pledged to do that in Japan. We heartily
believe a Christian future awaits this

such materials as A GUIDE TO CHRIS
TIANITY and the five-book VISUALIZED

future. We ask for your partnership in

BIBLE STUDY series in Japanese.

that future also — by every means at

TRAINING: It takes an extra effort

to produce mature Christians in a non-

nation. We want to be a part of that
your command — including your own

Christian society. Special training courses
are offered in the churches to help in
this area.




Christian faith can be a permanent part
of Japan only when it is preached by a
continuing succession of Japanese mes

their own buildings make a permanent

center of their evangelism.





balanced meals, English classes, women's
meetings, preparation of V.B.S. materials,
Bible classes for children and a certain


their teacher for their first 8 grades.
The oldest son, Walter, and his wife,
Mary, returned to Japan as missionaries
in 1971, making Kagoshima City the


study halls. I found time for housework,

witness in

their communities.

Since membership is small and land cost
is high, we have helped the churches

on a share and share basis in building

amount of mission correspondence.

Extras such as projects, parties, open
ing exercises, programs for Dad, Bible

study, typing instruction, field trips
and Japanese instruction (by a Japanese)
were normal in our home education pro
gram. Each of our four children studied

at home six or seven years. There were
no major problems adjusting to the class

room in any of the ten schools they have


school discount prices and companies

attended. Our three older children were

supplied catalogues which helped keep
us abreast of trends. Pencils, paper,
and other expendable supplies were

high school honor graduates. Our young
est is enrolled in tenth grade correspond
ence courses.

by Neva Faber (p. lO)

bought locally and these, plus a set of
encyclopedias, were additional costs.

thirteen years with a great deal of satis


There are any number of possibilities

for educating children on ^e mission
field, if the parents are willing to face
the problem as a challenge and not as
an obstacle to service. With two years
of teaching experience I was convinced



at some



another in every room of the house,
but a special room for study was the
most satisfactory. Bulletin boards for
charts and pupil displays and such refer
ence material as National Geographic and
Reader's Digest are worth the effort.

I could be both mother and teacher. We

Ernest made our blackboards.

located in a rural area and it was my

an inexpensive intercom to communicate
with Ernest in his office, to answer the
front door, and to monitor the classroom

I look back on those busy but enjoyable

faction and gratitude for the opportunity.

by Norms Barney (p. s)


commend mixing household duties and

I taught my children at home, too,
and am still teaching one (Rachel, 6 years
old). I can't emphasize too strongly the
importance of a good library. Books have
been a major item in our personal spend
ing. Our children's library is more

study, I ordered teacher's editions of

school. Presence in the room is a boost
to the child but too much assistance

library were combined. It is as simple

handicaps him.

as: Children without books don't read.

privilege to teach our children for thir
teen years.

Guided by my former county super




texts and workbooks.
The teaching
suggestions were easy to follow and
more satisfactory for me than expensive
correspondence lessons.

National Stan

dardized tests and textbook series tests

helped me determine, at least to a degree,
how my children's progress compared
with that of others of their grade level.
We averaged about $50 a year for

when I was called out,

I used

I would not re

It is possible to have

baby's play pen in the room.

We once bought more than 100 paper

Our children spoke Japanese before
English and it was difficult to confine
communication to English. Newspapers
on their grade level provided material

back children's books at once at a special

for meaningful oral reports and sharing.
The hardest problem was motivation of

books, magazines, newspapers, work

written work.



lessons than demand written assignments.

including library books. We were allowed

We had a 9:00 - 4:00 school day, but


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extensive than my town and school

It is easier to hear the

bargain price, only to have the two older
children come to us less than a month

later to say they had read those—buy
them another box full. Fill the space
you would have used for canned milk,
baby food, baby clothes, and toys with
books. All those things are available
here; English books aren't.

Lonnie & Coral Mings
Coral and I arrived in Japan in 1962
working in the meantime with Nakaburi

Church in which we sponsored a young
people's group as well as helped with the

part of their schooling at military base
schools, if they live near one. There are

This was done at first with the aid of an



first courses were Church History I and
courses, Apologetics and Philosophy, the
latter still being in the experimental
Also for several years I edited the


small Osaka Bible Seminary magazine,

This church, which met for many
years in a basement room of the Ray

Mings home, put up a building in the

of 1970-71.

The church


experienced some growth during the
eight-year period of our ministry with
it, including at least a dozen baptisms,
the addition of several Christian families,
and so forth.

Coral has taught various Bible classes,
English classes, ladies' groups, etc., while

mothering the family and keeping, at
least part of the time, a very large house.
In addition to the above responsibil
ities, we have worked with the Moriguchi

church and also with a preaching point
at Kayashima, halfway between Osaka
and Hirakata. Nothing permanent was
developed from the Kayashima work,
though a few converts were made.
In the future we hope to concentrate
on one phase of the work, instead of
two—either the Seminary or direct

evangelism—rather than attempting to do
both as we have so far.

2-35 Suikoen

Osaka-fu 573 Japan

Mr. Wayne R. Moore
P. O. Box 357

Longmont, Colorado 80501





Nakaburi Church asked me to be their

With parental supervision, some children

regular pastor. I accepted and have con

with the church as associate-pastor, and


few boarding students.

our first furlough, and at that time the

the group hopes that he will take on
responsibilities as regular pastor after he


Christian School also has room for a

In 1967 we were back in Japan after

while the church was looking for a pastor.


addition to the Christian Academy in
Tokyo, there is a boarding school in
Kobe, the Canadian Academy. Osaka

"Tanemaki," which contained news of
the Seminary and also articles of a
devotional or evangelistic nature.

At present a Seminary student is working


places: Tokyo, Kobe, Nagoya, Kyoto,
Hiroshima, Yokohama Sapporo, and
perhaps others. Not all of them go
through high school. All of them are
very expensive.

II, then later I took on two additional

it was necessary as an interim measure

for missionary children. Some are only

Some children of missionaries have had

preaching. In the fall of 1963 I began
teaching in the Osaka Bible Seminary.

tinued this responsibility until the time
of this writing, January 1976. I have
found this task very difficult, but perhaps

several small schools, set up especially
elementary schools.
In Tokyo there
is a large mission school, Christian
Academy in Japan, from 1st through
12th grades. This school is convenient
for those living in the Tokyo area, but
those whose families live outside Tokyo
must be boarding students.

and studied language for about a year,

interpreter and later in Japanese.

children would be able to do this.

have studied one of a number of available

by Betty Turner (p. 25)
Of course, children can be educated

in schools, you may likely say! But for
the sake of recruits, we'd like to list some
of the various possibilities for educating
your children in schools in Japan. Here
are a few:

missionary children have attended Japa
nese kindergartens. Most such kinder
gartens take children in age from 3 to
5. This is a valuable way for children to
learn Japanese. Some children have gone
on with their kindergarten classmates
into Japanese first grade. Most mission
aries feel that in this case, the child's
English education must be supplemented.
With a 10-month, 6-day week of Japanese
school, and LOTS of homework—even
during vacation periods, it is usually

correspondence courses, such as: The
Calvert System of Baltimore, Maryland;
International Institute of Chicago; The
American School (Chicago) for high
school work; University of Nebraska's
High School course.
The costs of schooling in Japan range

anywhere from $500 per child per year
in some of the mission elementary
schools, to about $4,000 for a boarding
student in some International high
schools. As in America, Japanese public
schools are tuition free and provide

There are various nominal

fees, and uniforms must be purchased.
The costs of correspondence courses
vary greatly, and need to be investigated

too big an order for a youngster to keep
up his English schooling along with his
very heavy Japanese schedule.
We know of only one of our own

missionary children who has gone to
Japanese schools for any length of time.
Tom Burney from Shikoku has had
Japanese schooling except for the second
grade in the U.S. during a furlough.
His parents have given him some supple
mental English teaching. In March of
1976 he will complete the 9th grade,
which is the end of compulsory education
in the Japanese school system. At that
time he will enter the American-style,
English-language Christian Academy In
Japan for his high school work. Tom
could go to Japanese school because
he was bom in Japan and was fluent
enough in the language to keep up with
the other children. Not many missionary

Tokyo, the largest city in the world

with more than 13 million people.
With the present trend in Japan it
is expected as soon as 1980 that

there will be one great city stretch
ing from Tokyo to Osaka.
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Ray & Mattie Mings
teaching in Osaka Bible Seminary with
the aid of an interpreter. At the same
time, he and Mattie began language study

every day.

The children were enrolled


in the little mission school which was

being conducted on the campus by a

2-35 Suikoen

Canadian Nisei teacher.

Hirakata-shi, Osaka-fu
573 Japan
Telephone: (0720)-41-2934

Using an interpreter, Ray and Mattie
started teaching in Moriguchi, a suburb
of Osaka, and the Moriguchi Church of

Christ was started in a kindergarten build
ing. After several years, they were able


to move the church to a little dwelling

Mrs. Robert P. Webster

house which the church purchased with
their own savings and gifts sent by

1309 Bambridge Lane
Campbellsville, Kentucky 42718

friends in America.
When the Osaka



missionaries decided to locate in outlying
areas so as to contact more people, Ray
and Mattie built a house and moved to

bom to Ray and Mattie. Dale studied


at home through all the grades except




of Hirakata.

Hirakata, is a city of over 200,000

the fourth and eighth.

of his high school at Christian Academy

twenty five years ago to work with Osaka

population at the present time. It is
about half way between Osaka and

Christian Mission. At that time they
had three children:
Donnie, Lonnie

Kyoto. In January of 1954,they started

in Tokyo, then returned to the States
to enroll in Cincinnati Bible Seminary.

the Nakaburi Church of Christ in their
house. The church continued to meet

son on June 21, 1975 and lives in Cincin

Ray and Mattie Mings came to Japan

and Carol. They lived for the first two

and one half years in a barracks building
apartment, erected over the Osaka Bible

Seminary dining room.

This building

there for the next seventeen years untU
they could save up enough money for
their own building. Not being able to

was made possible by gifts from churches

buy land because of outrageously high

in the United States and from a U.S.

costs, they were given permission to build

Air Force group stationed in Japan.

on the back of the Mings lot.

Immediately upon arrival, Ray began

On May 15, 1954 a third son was

He took part

He was married to Miss Patricia Richard

Ray and Mattie have just started their

fifth term of service and they request
your prayers. They also ask that you
pray for workers. Japan is still an open
field and people are still receptive to the




by Pauline Maxey (p. is)
We anived on our chosen field in







and let them get the feel of being at

Japan with two children, aged four and

material needed for the year, plus a

home and starting their school life in

six. Hundreds of miles from missionary
schools and the only foreigners in our
area, I knew that I would have to teach

Teacher's Manual which outlined each

familiar surroundings.

day's lessons. Tests were sent back to the

were with me in school from the time

school for grade.s and criticism.

they were bom—in basket, high chair


The new babies

course was equal to, and usually above,
the American standards for elementary
school and the children had no problem

family affair.

I was not a trained school teacher,
but I understood I had a God-given task.
I do not believe that God gave any com
mands for baby-sitters, but many admoni

fitting into the regular school life while
home on furlough.

might be encour^ed to enter the harvest

tions to train the children He has blest

but I do not believe our five children

us with. So this was my task, God given,
to teach—to be an example—and to make

included in all our work in the churches

it possible for my husband to evangelize.

and became a part of the community

It was not easy. There would be many
intermptions. There were all the other
things a mother and wife must do each
day. I felt inadequate, but I continued,

they will always consider home. They
Japanese friends in play and youth activi

and I know it can be done.

our children wished to move to the big

To help me plan these classes the task
was made easier by the home teaching
courses prepared by Calvert School,
of Baltimore, Maryland. The cost of the

city to be in a school.
I do not hesitate to encourage others
to do the same thing. To come while
the children are small or not yet bom,

the children their school if we were to

remain and do the work in this pioneer

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We did not have the extra activities

that accompany

regular school life,

felt they missed a great lot, for they were



lessons and joined their

ties. I can not remember even once that

and at their own little desk.

It was a

I pray that some other young couples
field in some lonely and neglected area,
knowing children can be educated at

home. It can be done, and you will have

the experience of a life-time—the privilege
and responsibility of molding and shaping
the lives of your children.
Our son and his wife have returned

to this area to work for the Lord. They
have two children bom here. Mary is
planning to teach them at home. Perhaps
after 22 years of teaching I might qualify
to be a substitute teacher once in a while

for my Grandchildren.
I know it can be done!

Andrew & Betty Patten
was turned over to Andrew.
Mrs. Ihara and her husband returned to

Hiroshima, her home town, leaving the

work at Yachiyodai in the hands of the

Still later it became inconvenient to

Rural Japan.

meet in private homes and the work is
presently being carried on in a rented
house. During the Pattons' furlough the
work is being carried on by the Dale

Notice in the fore

ground a village, another in the

Wilkinson family who live in the Patton

central part of the picture and
still two more, on the left and one
on the right, in the background.
Because of the heavy population it
is possible for a native minister or
missionary to visit several villages
each day and preach God's Word.

home. Services for adults, youth, and
children are held regularly each week.
A good group of children are attending
the Bible School, several youth are
attending the Bible and English classes,

a college professor is very interested in
Christ, and a group of women are meeting
to study God's Word. These are some
Andrew Patten began his mission work

by Paul Pratt (p. 23)

in Japan in January, 1948 and Betty hers
in September, 1953. Until 1958 they
worked primarily with Tokyo Bible


Since then they have been

evangelism and church planting.
Through their efforts the Nishiogikubo

Church was established in 1948,and they
helped establish the Kamiuma Church

The direct support mission method
has precedent in the ventures of the
Apostle Paul. He was chosen and sent
out by the church, returned periodically
to report and sent private messengers
to maintain a personal link with the
churches. He called this a "fellowship
in the gospel".
Today, government
postmen take the place of these

independent of mission help except
for some preaching and teaching that
Andrew has been doing at Kamiuma.


churches are now being ministered to by


minute the

missionary leaves

in 1957.


Both of these churches are





Sakurayama Church in 1960 and the
Arakawa Church in 1966.

These two

Brother Hiroaki Sato.

His desire

The newest church work started by
the Pattons is that begun at Yachiyodai

for sharing his experiences with sending

in Chiba Prefecture in 1974. This is a

Christians make it so. To them his letters

satellite city of Tokyo with a population
of about 110 thousand people. This
work began in the home of a Christian

home base he feels the need for extend

ing his lines of fellowship.

are a kind of port hole through which
to peek at the work. They must see the
nature of the field, the needs of the
people and the difficulties as well as the
fruits harvested through God's working.
Various types of reports may be used.
The most common ones are the 'friendly
letter' style and the 'newspaper' type
layout. Because of its warm, personal
nature we have elected to use the former.

Though called a 'friendly letter' it is pre
pared with a fixed letterhead. Worded
statements are supplemented by one or
more pertinent photos on each printed
page. Those who have chosen to use
the newspaper type do so in order to be
able to classify content, headline items
and do feature writing. We are advised
by professionals to maintain the same
layout, size and identifying features for
convenience in filing the letters. It goes
without saying that personal letters and
cards are a must for regular answers to
correspondence and to point up various
prayer needs.
Mimeographing remains the most
economical kind of printing. However
the oft quoted phrase "a picture is worth
10,000 words" accentuates the need for
a printing which permits the inclusion
of photos. In the absence of both a

lady named Mrs. Ihara. The teaching
responsibility was carried on by the wife
of a minister in Tokyo at first, and then

mission press and an expert printer we
have always relied on job printers for
the printing we needed.
The content, dictated by our readers,
must include (1) human interest items
(2) notes about family members (3)
cultural differences (4) news of victories
and progress (5) prayer needs and (6)
hints of items or ways which readers
can directly assist the work.
Airmail letters from Japan arrive
within a week. Ordinary mail takes more
than a month.

Should the slower mail

route be employed, care must be taken
that dated items not arrive so late as to

lose their interest value.

So, much

thought must be given to planning ahead
and to timing. The writer durst not use
antiquated terms and should avoid
typogfafical errors or the using of astro
nomically long words or sentences all
of which make reading difficult. Yours
for better missionary reporting.

of the results already being realized at
Before the Pattons began their
furlough, a young man appeared at the
door of the house at Yachiyodai desiring
to talk about Christ and the Bible.


made a decision to accept Christ after
studying the Bible with Andrew for an
hour or two. Another young person
attended the meetings one time with
Andrew and has continued studying the
Bible with Dale. She writes that she
did not understand about the Bible or

Christ at first, but now believes in God

and Christ; she says that that has made a
great difference in her iife. We pray she
wiil complete her obedience to Christ
soon. There is an open door for the
gospel in Japan!


7-8 Higashinakano, 3 chome
Nakano-ku, Tokyo
164 Japan
Telephone: (03)-361-0533
G. Wade Fletcher

Route 6, Box BOA
Rushville, Indiana 46173
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Mark & Lynn Pratt
The purpose of Mark and Lynn Pratt
in coming to Japan (August '75) was to
begin a campus ministry on the Obirin

fall into place for their coming to Japan

College Campus (one-half hour from

to serve in this capacity.

downtown Tokyo by train).

time ministry.

parents (Paul and Kathleen ^att) teach

because they have these interests, it Is
fairly easy to develop a friendship.
There will be a few Christians already

The first few months in Japan found

on campus, and a campus ministry
will be a means of encouraging them.

them helping with the work of the church

It will also give them a chance to serve,


English there, and saw that working with
these students could easily be a full-

Youth work has been

Mark's favorite area, so things began to

while also attending language school and

as we try to reach out to the rest of the

getting settled. They have a 2^A year-old
daughter, Karis.
Their hopes to build a home and


campus house must be postponed for a
while, so the next best thing seems to be

On Sundays we can channel

students to the churches closest to them,

A possibility for the future would be
establishing a church in the Obirin area.

to move to the Obirin area as soon as

they find a suitable apartment. They do
have the school's

permission to use

campus rooms for meetings, and, of
course, students will be welcome in their

The main elements of campus ministry
in America will apply, they feel, to

campus work in Japan. The Japanese
youth, as do American youth, love con

temporary music, a feeling of belonging
to a fellowship, and just plain old oneto-one





with learning the English

language and Western ways, too.




were donated by Japanese Christians,

meets in a home 300 miles north of

and the world flock to the Tokyo

with communication based on an under

standing of the Japanese culture and

Students taught in Tokyo are scattered
all over Japan and even the world. My
first convert teaches at the University of

The success of any work in Tokyo
the Word which says "Commit the gospel

week of Bible study has resulted in over
250 being baptized into Christ.


Indianapolis, Indiana 46280

or elsewhere comes from obedience to

Tokyo has 12,000,000 residents and


Mary Lou Bauer
2910 E. 98th Street

and bring their friends into the church.

another 1,500,000 commute daily into
the city. Students from all over Japan



Christian. Another church, whose two
lady-evangelists were trained in Tokyo,

Taking students from our English
Bible classes to our summer camp for a

whole, has

259-11 Japan
Telephone: (0463)-95.1019

Christian students can freely conduct
Bible studies in their schools in Japan

by Julius Fleenor (p. ii)

Japanese religions among the people of
the city—creating even greater hunger
within the souls of the people of Tokyo,
The missionary can use English as a con
tact point, but churches must be planted

Isehara Shi, Kanagawa

American Christians, and an Australian


Universities and colleges.
English is
studied a\idly throughout Japan, and in
Tokyo, particularly. Secularism, as a


Central Japan Christian Mission
(Campus Ministry)
1210 Kamikasuya

to faithful men who will be able to teach
others also".

For the new missionary coming to
Japan, living in Tokyo enables him to

Thousands of Bibles, Bible portions,

have an excellent language school and a

and pamphlets have been sold and given
away introducing people to Jesus. The
opportunity to bring the message of the

good school for missionary children.
Land is high, rent is high, but God pro
vides. We must not forsake the cities,
but continue to evangelize. If you are

cross to thousands for the first time has

been an unending thrill.

committed completely to Jesus Christ

and His purposes, know the Word of God,
For seven years we conducted a Bible

School for Prayer and Evangelism. Many





leaders in

churches, three are full time preachers,
and one a foreign missionary.

and have a good basic education and

knowledge of English, God can use you
in Tokyo. God will open up Japanese

homes, or rented rooms for meeting
places, and can move Japanese Christians
to donate land and buildings.

Street meetings are an open door and
an acceptable means of evangelism.
(Everywhere in Tokyo politicians and
other groups wishing to advance their

Those who feel called to evangelize
in Tokyo will find many open doors

the gospel. The missionaries in Tokyo

student has traveled to six Asian coun

ideologies use parks and plazas with a
P.A. system to tell their message.) Some

tries witnessing for Jesus Christ.

of our finest church leaders have been

regarding your preparation for, and your

contacted through the street meeting
and Christian pamphlet distribution.

entering this field.

Maryland and another works in the
Embassy in Germany.
Still another

doors, we

prayer and God opening
were used

to plant two

churches in the center of Tokyo,and two
on the out-skirts.
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Land and buildings

The cnurch building itself attracts
those who come from outside Tokyo.
Some will come in to ask questions.

which have not yet been entered with
invite you to contact us for information
Without absolute

love and commitment to Jesus Christ,
you will fail. With surrender to His
clearly revealed Word and submission to

the Holy Spirit guiding you step by step,
you can only succeed.

Paul & Kathleen Pratt
Kajiki Church in K^oshima Prefecture

1210 Kamikasuya, Isehara City
Kanagawa Ken
259-11 Japan

Telephone: (0463)-95-1019

Mrs. Mary Lou Bauer
2910 East 98th Street

Indianapolis, Indiana 46280

which they served is now independent
and has a kindergarten with seventy
pupils enrolled.
They moved to the property of Mr.
and Mrs. William Walker in 1966. They
purchased the land and house which was
built by Mr. Walker and began the Sannobara Church of Christ in their home in

Isehara City, thirty miles southwest of
Tokyo. Since that time the church has
developed leadership and has a total

membership of fifty persons. With the
aid of other missionaries and a builder,


Reynolds of Eugene, Oregon,

Mr. Pratt led the group in the building

program. From dedication day, Novem
four children sailed for Japan on July

ber 24, 1974 until December, 1975,
fifteen persons have been baptized

29, 1958.

into Christ.

Paul and

Kathleen Pratt with their

After studying Japanese at

Kobe for two years they went to
Kagoshima to assist young churches, and
to take over a weekly radio broadcast
which had been begun by Mrs. Isabel
During these six years a
thirty-eight lesson Bible Correspondence
Course was developed and is still being
used at various places in Japan. The

by Ethel Beckman (p. 4)
In almost every missionary guide,

young recruits are advised to wait until
they have reached the mission field and
have had a period of adjustment to the
culture and living conditions in the
country before they begin to have
children. This is especially to the advan
tage of the wife, for she has an opportun
ity to study the language and become
adjusted to the problems of maintaining
a home in the land of their work before

her time and energy are given to the care
of small children.

In countries where

native help is readily available at a reason
able cost, the mother can be relieved
from part of the housework, at least.
This was true in Japan twenty or thirty
years ago, but not today. Still, I have
been thankful for the year I had to give
to a concentrated study of the language
before my children were born.

Paul teaches a Bible class there and serves

Their son, Mark, his wife, Lynn, and
2'/2 year old Karis Ann, joined their
parents' work in August, 1975. Plans are
being made to build a Christian Campus
House. Hideto Yoshii, recently returned
from study in the Unites States, will
serve with them at Obirin College Campus

as faculty advisor for a Christian Club.


Paul ministers part time at another
congregation, teaches in a private home
near Atsugi Naval Air Facility and teaches
English and Bible at still another church.
Both Kathleen and Paul teach English

part time at Obirin Christian College.

mother's learning of the language will be

dower, it is no great difficulty that
cannot be overcome.




In most cities in



and nursery schools where the children

can go for a part of each day and these
provide good training for the children
as well.

All four of our children were bom in

the city of Kyoto. Since Japan was still
under Allied occupation at that time,
two of our children were bom in an army

This is the interior of a Japanese


home. They remove their shoes at
the door.
In most Japanese
churches they also do not wear
shoes. This girl is preparing a cere

One was bom in a Japanese

matemity hospital, and the youngest in

a Mission hospital.
There are good
hospitals and doctors in Japan today,
so that there is no need for anxiety
about having children bom here. Today

monial tea.

in Japan also, anything that is needed
for the care and feeding of a baby accord

ing to the American way is available in
the Japanese stores.



Since Japan is a highly educated
country, and the work here is very slow
and often discouraging, it is advisable
that a missionary recruit have a good
education and some experience in work
ing with a church so that he will be
equipped to meet the resistance to the
gospel and various problems that arise.
For that reason, most recruits to Japan

probably wUl have been married several
years and will have small children when
they come. While this may mean the

informed that it is no longer legal

This is the new type of home
being built. Because of the great
shortage of land many houses are
stacked one on top of the other.
These are usually owned by the
different companies that the people

to build houses like this in Tokyo.

work for.

The largest city in the world is
really crowded. Recently we were

Page 23

seated resistance to foreigners, as they
have had throughout all of the history

Harold & Lois Sims

of Japan.

In one sense, they have a

strong racial ego. The white missionary
is accepted, but only up to a certain

point. He faces great difficulty in being

In 1970 the place in Nakano ward

accepted for pastoral counseling.

where Harold and Lois Sims had lived


for 16 years was sold to the doctor who

the Japanese will bring their life problems

lived next door.

to a "nisei" without hesitation.

The funds from that

I have mentioned the favorable points,

were used to buy a lot and build a house
and chapel building in a new housing

but there are also hindrances.

edge of Tokyo. In the 5 years since that
time, the local church membership has
grown from 2 to 12, and the Sunday

culture is neither American culture nor

School attendance has increased from 5

Japanese culture. It does mean making
the proper adjustment in life-style
necessary to live the Christian culture in
the midst of a rather adveree Japanese

the first Sunday to an average of 60
for the year 1975.
Harold and Lois do all of the jobs that
a Japanese minister and his wife would
do, and in the Japanese language, and
derive a lot of joy from the direct contact


accepted and loved by them. In addition
they teach English conversation classes

to the neighborhood children of all ages
and to some adults to make contacts

for evangelism as well as to earn some
supplemental income for these inflation
a "Mission," but as fellow-laborers with

a small number of faithful Japanese
evangelists whom the Lord has raised up
for the great task of making Christ and
His gospel known to these people. The
Simses and the Japanese evangelists are
free and completely financially indepen
dent of one another, and they cooperate
with and respect each other as brothers
in Christ, which they are in truth.
In addition to his main work in the

local church, Harold is presently serving


of the

Trustees of the

Yotsuya Mission Church of Christ Cor
poration, in which name some of the

former Cunningham Mission property
is still being held; Chairman of the
Board of Directors of the Japan Mis
sionary Language Institute; and Treasurer

of the Evangelical Missionary Association
of Japan. From time to time he speaks
at special ovangelistic and other meetings
in churches in Tokyo and other parts of
Harold and Lois first arrived in Japan
on November 15, 1947. All 5 of their
children were bom in Tokyo. Four of
them are now living in the United States
and only Daniel (15) is living at home.
They have 2 grand-children of their own,
and quite a number of others who receive


which they are unable to

express very often to their "own".

3-33-7 Mejirodai
Hachioji-shi, Tokyo
193 Japan
Telephone: (0426)-61-4184
First Christian Church

315 Orange Ave.
Eustis, Florida 32726
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It means to fulfill both the

expectations of the Japanese and the
commission of the Gospel.
When a white missionary makes a
mistake in Japanese society, the Japanese
forgive him. But a Japanese-faced mis
sionary is not allowed to betray his
membership in the Japanese race. To
meet this demand on the part of society,
the Japanese culture the "nisei" exper
ienced in America is not nearly sufficient.

with the people and involvement in their
lives and problems, and feel fully

ary times.
They do not consider
themselves as directors or supervisors of


the "nisei" is Japanese-faced, he is
expected to live in the Japanese society
as the Japanese live. This does not mean
assimilation, because, of course, Christian

development on the fast-growing western

Much more time and effort are demanded

by Ben Hirotaka (p. i3)

to gain the knowledge and adjustment
necessary for the "nisei" than that
demanded of white missionaries—because

the "nisei" must adjust more perfectly
than is even possibie for the white mis
A "nisei" missionary must have the

A "Nisei" is a second generation


He has been bom

in America from parents who came to
America as immigrants. He has been
raised in America. While the first genera
tion Japanese persistently keeps the
Japanese customs and speaks Japanese,
the "nisei" attempts to acclimate himself
to American society. He is very different
in his understanding of the culture. He
is brought up in the American culture
outside his home, and basically in the
Japanese culture at home. He is raised
in a strong ancestoral heritage. Particularly
he has a good understanding of the
Japanese life-philosophy influenced by
the Shinto and Buddhist religions.
During his childhood and youth,

of a "servant".

He cannot

compete with the Japanese Christians,
because he receives American support.
But because of his financial guarantee,
he is free to start pioneer work where
there are no Christians to support him.
He must be able to say, "For though
I am free from all men, I have made
myself a slave to all, that I might win
the more.. .1 have become all things to
all men, that I might by all means save
some." I Cor. 9:19, 22.

his American culture has conflicted with

his Japanese culture, causing much
agony. He had to find his own personal
answer in his own way. Many times, he
ends up taking the best of both cultures,






Therefore, any "nisei" who comes to
Japan as a missionary already possesses
some knowledge of Japanese culture,
and in most cases che cultural adjust
ment is half-way accomplished. This
means he is one step closer to establish
ing identification with the Japanese.
Not only his culture, but his being of
the Japanese race, helps to establish
closer identification with the Japanese.
Acceptance is a reciprocal relationship
accomplished by two sides accepting
each other.
The ''nisei" missionary
is accepted. The Japanese have a deep-

This is the 36 story building in

Until 1967 when


Japanese were afraid to build with

steel and concrete because of the
many earthquakes.


Bill & Betty Turner

by Lonnie Mings (p. 19)
As I write I can look out the window

and see several kites soaring on the wind

above the rooftops, and it has just
occurred to me that no kite can stay
aloft in the wild blue yonder without a
responsible person standing on the
ground, holding firmly to the line,
feeding out string, etc. I recall that as

children we even sent "messages" up to


5-6 Kaminobori-cho

730 Japan

Telephone: (0822)-21-1977

Mrs. Jean Snocker

809 West 23rd

the kite.

This simple analogy may dramatize

the importance of the forwarding agent
who stands on home soil and holds the
life-line of communication and finances

for the missionary.

Without this vital

contribution no missionary could long
stay "aloft" in his chosen field of work.

Scottsbluff, Nebraska 69361

Riverdale, Georgia 30274




for two years took care of the church


continued to commute to the &minary

Before leaving in 1972, an oppor

tunity was presented to the Turners to

work with a Japanese Christian family in
the city of Hiroshima, where as yet there
were no missionaries of churches of

Christ/Christian churches. They arrived

He is the

to begin working in Hiroshima in June of

1973. They helped the Kishi family at
the Tomo church and began making con

eclipsed by that of the missionary so that

tacts through English classes.

souls may be won.

In 1974 they were joined by Miss Jerri

There are many types of forwarding
agents, and some do more work, some

Lynn Anderson and the Lee Jones family.
At the end of 1974 they were able to rent
a place for a Christian Center, closer

My own forwarding agent, for

example, banks the funds, sends out

to the downtown area.

receipts accompanied by thank-you
letters, pays necessary Stateside bills,

Bill continues to help with the church
at Tomo; Betty is starting work in a new

writes s^ary checks for the missionary,
sends out letters of appeal, watches

area through English classes at the Civic

inflation and now and then appeals to
the advisory board for a larger sdary for
the missionary. He sends us a weekly
report, for which we are very grateful,
though some agents send only a monthly

Hall and a Bible class in the home of a

Christian couple; Jerri and the Joneses

lead in the Sunday morning classes and
services at the Center. All co-operate

in the evening programs at the Center.

report. But the frequent report enables
one to be constantly aware of his



to help part time.

quiet man or woman who works behind



Seminary for two more years and then

Mrs. Lenice Yarbrough
49 Green Valley Drive

the scenes willing for his own star to be


With capable Filipino nationals to take

over the work which they had been
doing, they decided to return to Japan
after their furlough.

at Akashi, not far from Osaka.

The task of the forwarding agent is


Seminary for a school year before con
tinuing on to the States for furlough.


lai^e, but his rewards are few. There is
litUe glory in it, for his contribution is

mainly unseen and unsung.

Bill and Betty Turner, with two chil
dren, came from the Philippines to Japan
in 1965. They worked with Osaka Bible

Bill and Betty teach in three schools and
have other English and Bible classes.


another possible source of frustration to






Sheryl (now 12) and Tim (11) were bom

the missionary who may be thinking he

in the Philippines. Steve (8) was bom in

would like to undertake some project

if he only knew how much money had

the States.

come in at home. Also our agent aUends
conferences and conventions when time

allows, setting up a booth with displays
of the work.

.A ; ^ A

All this he does in his

"spare" time, for he is a fully employed

'I'he forwarding agent who does his

job well can help eliminate one of the



NOTE TO RECRUITS: Being a forward

Be sure they are aware of aU it involves,
and that they are willing to take it

namely that the missionary has to spend
much of his time writing letters, sending
receipts, mailing material, and generally

maintaining liaison with the supporters.
The missionary has many worries, but if

he has a good man at home "worrying"
about the finances for him, then here
is one area of concern he can more or less



drop, centering his attention on the work
It may be said that he who desires to

thing, but let him be aware of the respon
sibilities involved and let him take up his

job after much prayer and consideration.

seriously. Above all, be sure that you
take it seriously. No matter how little
or how much you ask of your forward
ing agent, remember he or she is giving

his or her time sacrificially to serve the
Lord through YOU.

A book is now available along this line,

on the field.

be a forwarding agent desires a good

ing agent is a BIG job, so be aware of

this when you ask someone to do it.


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Page 25

Robert & Joyce Warrick
The Warricks arrived in Japan on
July 7, 1965, and went immediately

July 4, 1970. In this period they were
teaching several classes of English and

to Karuizawa with the Julius Fleenors

Bible. In 1971, a Japanese Christian
family moved to Sayama and asked the
Warricks to begin Japanese-language
church services. This was the beginning

to start work in summer camp. They
spent the next year in language school
and then filled in for the Fleenors while

they went on furlough.
Upon the
Fleenors' return, Bob and Joyce accepted
the position of house parents at Christian
Academy in Japan, the Tokyo school for
missionary children, and remained there
for two years. During this time, they
helped to start the Hoya Church in a
community just 6 minutes by train from
the Academy (about 20 minutes by

car). During these two years, the group
there grew from three to 22, fifteen by
baptism. This group is still active and the
Warricks continue to visit and encourage
them as time permits.

of Sayama Christian Center. In 1972,
another member was added to the family


Warricks went to Korea to

adopt Sung Han Choi, who is now Don
Paul Warrick and is 9 years old. This trip
also saw 40 Korean soldiers accept Christ
during one of the times of preaching,
and word was later received from C. Y.
lOm that he had been able to return to

the base and baptize all of them.
During all this time, an effort was
spent to continue in language study as
well as to assist other missionaries by

helping to maintain equipment in need
of repair.
The church grew slowly,

In June of 1969, they returned to the
U.S. for a year of furlough, after which
they settled at their present address in
Japan. While in the States they adopted a
9-year-old boy (David) who returned

but much seed was planted. In June
of 1973, they returned to the U.S. for
another furlough, to make it possible
for David to be able to have all four years

to Japan with them. They continued to

to formalize the naturalization of Miriam

work with the Hoya church and to hold
English services for U.S. military people
on Sunday evenings. They also adopted
a Japanese-Negro girl (Miriam), bom

and Don Paul. They returned to Japan
in 1974 and are continuing in planting,

of high school at one school in Japan and

watering, and seeing God ^ve the


4-25-8 Irumagawa
Sayama-shi, Saitama-ken

350-13 Japan
Telephone: (0429)-52-4795

Barbara Warrick
340 E. Park Drive

Huntington, Indiana 46750


by Lynn Pratt (p- 22)
The forwarding secretary— The major

That Japanese language: Nihongo. A
summer in Japan with an evangelistic

for close to $100.00.
How hard is it? Well, actually, the

pre-requisite for this thankless yet
exacting responsibility is RELIABLE

singing group gave me my first taste of

speaking isn't all that bad.


it. I learned some basic things: "Hello,"
"Thank you," "Where's the bathroom?"

patterns are fairly regular and so are


verb conjugations. It's the reading and


writing that cause all the hair-pulling!

there?" (i thought I might need to know

But while you're learning to speak, you

that sometime.)

just take a little longer and learn to read
and write what you're saying. And you

"Who's (hat tough-looking guy

Then the year before we came to
Japan as missionaries, I studied Japanese


want to do this—unless you're

at the University of Cincinnati—a blessing

going to be led around by the hand all

straight from Heaven! But I must caution
you. A year or so of study in America

the time.

is NOT going to equip you to work in


It's a great start (I wouldn't

trade it for anything), but it's just that—
a start. Don't expect rapid progress.
But still, get all you can before you come
so you won't feel totally lost and stupid.
If you don't know of a Japanese
course offered near you, there are studyat-home




Course in Japanese includes 60 lessons
on 30 tapes (open reel). This is sold by
Maruzen Bookstores and put out by

The biggest encouragements and dis
couragements in the language come after
you arrive in Japan. You will feel a unity
in learning along with other missionaries.




though. It's a slow process. And just
when I think I'm remly getting smart,
I make a terrible goof and feel like
There are many schools to choose
from for your study in Japan, and there
are a lot of people around to help you.
And when you really get in a jam (like

Japanese Language Promotion Center.

being lost, can't read the signs, and for

It costs about $2.00. Another book
which is Japanese for Today has 8

got your wallet) some kind-hearted
Japanese person is .sure to give you a
hand. So just jump in with all the
enthusiasm you can muster^-and hang in

cassette tapes. It may be ordered from
Gakken Co., Ltd., Pub., 4-40-5 Kamiikedai, Ohta-ku, Tokyo 145, Japan,
Page 26


A little of old Japan and a little

of new. Old Japan is the custom
of bowing and the Kimono. New
Japan is the western style dress
and the modern building with
vending machines in the back

Barbara were the first to know the names
of all the train stations and to be able


to get around easily. Although we had
considered our daughter a Tmicky'
eater, the Lord especially blessed her with
a real liking for Japanese food.
We found that Tokyo provided excel
lent educational facilities for missionary
children, on a par with, and in most
ways superior to, the American class

by Mattie Mings (p. 20j


Leaving America in December of
1950, with Donnie, Lonnie and Carol
we little knew what lay ahead for us and
for the children.

What do you warn your children
against, when you go to a mission field?

One has to be very careful lest he put
prejudice in the child's mind and make
him feel that he is better than the people.
We have seen this happen sometimes.
The people one came to teach can see

Possibly the biggest 'culture shock'
our children endured was to return to the

U.S.A. and find that there was so very
little public transportation. Our daughter
commented that she felt much safer, day
or night, in Tokyo than she did in any
major city in the U.S.A., including
Indianapolis, a comparatively quiet city.

I feel that our children were at ^1
times an asset in our mission venture here

in Japan.

this feeling very easily and very quickly
leam which ones are genuinely concerned
for them.

Someone said to us, "Your children

are missing so much by not being in the

Okayama Ken is a part of Chugoku
District and has a population of about
Its capital is Okayama

United States." Maybe so, but we feel
that they had a special privilege in

City, sister city to San Jose, California.

obtained a knowledge of intemationd
things that cannot be obtained in text
books or in the average school room.
They learned to see the problems of the

New Testament teaching has been done in
three different areas thus far, and another
area is to be entered very soon. Worship
services are now being conducted in six
different locations in

the three areas.

Perhaps the most encouraging aspect
of this work is that of the sharing of the
Gospel and the sharing in responsibilities
evidenced in the lives of many of the
Christians here.

One church has never

world from both sides of the Pacific

Our children were encouraged to help
in the mission work as soon as there was

something they could do. Helping in
Sunday School by playing the piano
or organ, helping in evangelistic meet

received foreign help but has, rather,
been the one to help others, whether
at home, neighboring Christians, or
foreign visitors.
The Christian Center serves every day
in teaching, encouraging, training, and in
whatever way it can be of service to the

ings by setting up equipment and helping
in Christian Service camps. In this way,







Whosoever will may imd a welcome

During the last few years groups of
young people from the U.S. have been
a help and encouragement to all of us
here in Okayama Ken. We are looking
forward to two groups' visits next
summer. Perhaps some of our visitors
may be challenged by our need of
personnel—and return to help sow and
glean the field of Okayama Prefecture,
Japan. Please join us in prayer.


251-i Yunago, Mimasaka-cho
Aida-gun, Okayama-ken
707 Japan
Telephone: (08687)-2-1855
Mrs. Dot Isbell
540 E. William

San Jose, California 95112

Can You Ever Get...

growing up on the mission field. They

a child is exposed to the real work and
can gain a desire to be a real worker

There are problems but these have

to be worked out with prayer and
It is very important not to

neglect one's own children for the sake of
the work.

by Exie Fultz (p. 12}
For twenty-three years I have lived
in Japan as a renter of Japanese housing.
From a Japanese agent I gained the fol
lowing insight.
Shortly after I had
signed the lease, he said, "Mrs. Fultz,
why do you stay on in Japan? Don't
you know that you will never really be
accepted by the Japanese people? Of
course, up to a certain point we will
accept you and be friendly. There is,
though, an inner circle around us and

we won't really let you in there." There
is much truth in his words.

Yet there

persisted the thought in the back of my
mind that they would have to be wrong

at least one

case—in the case of

Christians grown in spiritual stature.
And so it is.

This was illustrated to

me last November ('75) quite clearly.
I was visiting a Japanese friend who
now lives on the Japan Sea coast. Along
toward the end of my three-day visit
we started talking about missionaries
returning to their native lands. In the

by Bob Wam'ck (p. 26J

opinion of my hostess too many mission
One week before we left the U.S.A.

for the mission field, our oldest son,
Ed, graduated from high school. We
left him an early resident of the Pacific
Christian College dormitory and took
with us our other two children; Barbara,
a ninth-grader, and Keith, in the eighth
grade. A very common expression in
our travels was, "How can you do this
to your children? They will never recover

from this drastic change."

aries go home. I explained to her that
if/when we become old and sick we
would not want to be a burden to the

Japanese and that, though I want to live
out my life in Japan, if I were gravely
ill I would feel I should return home.

Her response was instant.

Her words

spoken emphatically, "Don't you do
that! You don't have to go back! If you
ever need help let us know! Wherever

Of course,

you are we'll come and get you! I know

the last seven years of my 13-year
military career, we had moved 15 times
and lived in seven states. This certainly

my husband would say the same thing!"
Whether or not this arrangement would


know (my western reserve??) but I know





be wise, should the occasion arise, I don't

another move. The children's friends had

that, because of her Christian concern

been Spanish, Indian, Negro, etc., so a
Japanese face probably wasn't as strange

shown to me, when the Lord comes in
His glory He can well say to her, "I
was a stranger and you took me In."

to them as to us.

Upon arriving in Japan, Keith and

Matt. 25:35

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Dale & Peggy Wilkinson

3-7-8 Higashi-Nakano
Nakano-ku, Tokyo
164 Japan

Telephone: (03)-361-0533

Japanese Christian Services, Inc.
Box 14652

Cincinnati, Ohio 45214

Besides this,

the Pattons are on furlough, and is also

they helped a Christian family start

engaged in full-time language study.
After language studies are completed,

meetirtgs in their home.
Dale and Peggy Wilkinson first came to
Japan late in 1970 from Ohio, where
Dale graduated from Cincinnati Bible
Seminary. From 1972 to 1974, the
Wilkinsons worked mainly in and around
the city of Sendai, which is 230 miles
northeast of Tokyo. They worked with
the Milton Jones family in assisting the
Asahigaoka Church of Christ, and also

Bible studies and children's

a new congregation in their home in a
town north of Sendai.

In 1974 they returned to the U.S.A.
to report on their work and to raise
additional funds.

They came back to

Japan in the fall of 1975,and are tempor
arily living in Tokyo. Dale is overseeing
a part of Andrew Patton's work while

the Wilkinsons will intensify their churchplanting ministry.
Their mission organization. The
Japanese Christian Services, Inc., is based
in Cincinnati, and is directed primarily

by the elders and deacons of the Pres
ident Drive Church of Christ.




hy Warren Christianson (p. 7)
Culture shock is the traumatic expe
rience of learning a new set of rules for

situation, may be very difficult.

behavior in a new culture. The more
drastic extremes of culture shock are

subtle and

mental or physical breakdown or rejec
tion of one of the two cultures. Culture

shock can, however, be minimized
through preparation to the point where
one may feel he never had it.

1. The man approaching you on the

For the missionary, then, the more
serious culture shock will

come in the areas of communication and

life values.

I think that you will find

yourself developing a separate Japanese



' upon


experiences, language and life values.
Those missionaries who have come to

It com3s in three stages. The first
of these is the physical, which is the
easiest type to handle. The roads are
smaller, the houses different, and the


C. Riddle is their forwarding agent.

street stops and uses the gutter for a

You avert your eyes if you wish.

Otherwise you mind your own business.
While it wouldn't be called a custom,
at least it isn't unusual.

2. The male clerk at the grocery store

whom you have never seen before asks
when the baby is to be bom?

Japan and have survived the varying
degrees of culture shock, have and will

Tell him.
time of day.

3. The person, man or woman, who sits

is very westernized and one soon feels

continue to serve God by bringing this
nation to Christ. The ability to adjust
to another culture is a rich gift from God,
and with it, your cultural re-leaming will

at home.

be much easier.

food strange, but on the surface, Japan

The next two areas in



experiences culture shock, communica

tions and life values, are intertwined to
a great degree. It is in trying to under
stand the Japanese in these two areas
that the greatest frustrations will occur.
Why do they say it that way? and Why
do they do it that way? are questions
you will ask often.
The problem of misunderstanding be
comes even more evident in the area of

life values, especially because of the thin
1 layer of westernization that has been
added to the culture. Take for example,
law. Resolving the Western concept of
absolute law with the Japanese concept
that law can be altered according to the
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I would like to recohimend the follow

ing books as introductions in this area.
For culture shock. Frontiers in Mis
sionary Strategy by C. Peter Wagner


Moody Press, 1971.) has a

very good section. Read the rest of the
book, too. For an understanding of
Japanese culture, read Village Japan
by Beardsley, Hall & Ward (Minneapolis:
University of Minnesota Press,); City
Life in Japan, by R. P. Dore (Berkeley:
University of California Press, 1967.);
and Japanese Society by Chle Nakane
University of California
Press, 1972.). Please read these, and join
us in this nation of great potential for

He is only passing the

opposite you in the train plays with
your small baby for a while and then
asks if you have enough breast milk?

Say "yes" or "He's bottle fed."
They aren't concerned about your per
sonal business; they are asking about the
baby's welfare.

4. Your neighbor asks you where you
are going as you leave your house?
They always do; she is just being

polite. I always answer the intent. I
say,"Yes, for a little while."
5. A drunk at a wedding to which you
are invited treats you like he would a
Japanese woman? (Throws his arms
around you and wants you to pour
"sake" for him.)
Well, first of all, you realize there is
no stigma in Japan against being drunk.

(Continuedp. 29)

Harlan& Emeline Woodruff
have been added to the Lord by baptism.
The greatest effort in recent years has


been given to the organizing of two
kindergartens in the southern part of the
island. The Church in Maeda, under
the leadership of Brother Namio Kamada,
has completed a beautiful building with
adequate facilities for a kindergarten
of 150 children, ages 3 to 5. The Church
in Uchidomari, where Harlan Woodruff
is pastor, sponsors a kindergarten under
the directorship of Miss Toshiko Kinjo.
More adequate facilities are needed for
the 130 children, ages 3 to 5, who now
attend this kindei^arten.
It has been gratifying to observe the
growth and maturity of the Okinawan
leadership over the years. They have

become oriental as you adjust to the
culture. If you don't care for raw fish,

you can fry it or eat canned tuna. If
you have to give up your very favorite
food to come here, I promise you God
will give you something more delicious.
(Our only lack has been that nutrient
that prevents prematurely grayed hair.)
You'll often be reminded of the 'Feed

ing of the Five Thousand', (Matthew
They all ate and were
satisfied with some left over. A junior
high school teacher once called my
attention to the inscription on United
States currency, 'In God We Trust\
There will always be enough in His
'Bank' for our needs, because He has

(Continued from p. 28)

proven themselves capable of carrying

on every phase of the total program.
They are gradually moving toward
financial independence. But the material
and prayer support of their American
Brethren is still needed for the foresee

The Okinawa Christian Mission was
conceived in 1945 when Harlan Woodruff

was stationed on the island as an Army
Chaplain at the close of the Second
World War.

Okinawa was then under

American Military Occupation and army
red tape demanded that every missionary
coming to the island must bring his own
house, his own transportation, and food
for one year. The actual work was begun

in the f^l of 1949 with a pre-fab house
erected on a plot of land in the northern
city of Nago. Weekly Bible classes were
immediately oi^anized in seven villages.
The first church building was erected in

1950 and became the headquarters for
a small Bible college which was organized
in 1954.

This school continued for ten

yejfts and trained the local leaders who
are now in the work. Some of these were

sent to Japan for further training and
seven were sent to the United States for

graduate studies.
The work has had its ups and downs.
One couple continues a separate work,
with a church in their own home. Four

preachers in the northern part of the
island, for the moment at least, prefer
their own program with separate rallies
and camps. Seven other groups work
together in island wide camps, rallies
and a women's fellowship. During these
more fiian 26 years over 1700 Okinawans

able future. Give and pray that we may
enter new areas with the Gospel, continue
our radio ministry, recruit and train more
local leadership, and provide adequate
facilities that these capable and dedicated
leaders may present a more effective

224 Uchidomari

Ginowan, Okinawa
901-22 Japan
Telephone: (0988)-97-4378

Okinawa Christian Mission
First Christian Church

Second and College Sts.
Newberg, Oregon 97132

children. So it wouldn't be wise to punch
him in the nose. However, you still
have a problem. We will hope your
host is nearby.
6. A wedding drunk gets angry because

you (a man) won't drink with him, and
is too far gone to understand your

Your host vrill probably smooth
it over. Also your six-foot stature may


witness for the Lord.

He won't remember it when he

sobers up, or may possibly avoid you
because he is ashamed.

by Kathleen Pratt (p. 23)
We'd sat down at the dinner table and

before our prayer of thanks we solemnly
informed our children that their school

bill was due and we didn't have enough
money on hand. Our nine year old son
assured us that we had nothing to worry
about. "Just go to the bank and get
some more money!" We told him that
it wasn't as simple as that, but perhaps
he was right.
My training for stretching the food
dollar began in a Stateside ministry.

Feeding a family of six on $15.00 a week
then was a challenge too. We weren't
used to the luxury of steaks and beef
roasts at that time either.


They are treated more like irresponsible

I heard that

peanut butter sandwiches are as nourish
ing as a steak sandwich. Our family has
consumed hundreds of pounds of peanut

7. The congregation you are preaching to
won't look you in the face?
That is all right. Its polite to
stare at your lap while listening,especially
for the women.

8. Your guests won't eat the refresh
ments you have served them?
How did you serve them? If you
put cookies on a plate on the coffee
table and invited them to help them
selves, you can be sure they won't. Serve

them on individual plates set personally
in front of each person—the same goes
for the tea. Then ask them several times

to eat.

They probably eventually will.

The truly polite wife serves the guests
and her husband, but doesn't eat herself.

9. The guests to whom you have served
tea in Japanese (handleless) cups, keep
putting their fingers on their ears?
Japanese put their fingers on their
ears not in their mouth—to cool them.

I can't think of anything to do at that
time except apologize because the cups

are too full. Next time fill the cup only

2/3 full to allow for holding it on the top
section where it isn't quite so hot.
10. A mother rescues a toddler from in


front of your car and stands and laughs

When marketing you'll consider those
foods that are the most nourishing and
stretchable. Buy books about nutrient
cooking, but don't become a slave. Form
the habit of collecting recipes from cook
books, magazines, newspapers and
friends. This will be a valuable hobby.
Usually Japanese foods are cheaper
and you'll enjoy learning to cook Japa

at you.
Erase the "at you". She laughs
because she is embarrassed at causing

nese style.

Your family's appetite will


11. You see an older missionary bow to
the telephone when hanging up?
Suppress that smile, kid. Yofu'll
be doing it yourself in two months.
(Continued p. 30)
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Milton & Barbara Jones

entire missionary force world-wide are
single women. Does anyone want to

eliminate them?

Overseas evangelism


would be infinitely poorer without their
dedicated labors. A generation ago such
a big point was made about marriage
before going overseas that some hasty
and unwise marriages took place to meet
this objection.
Personally, I recommend marriage for

2254-3 Karuizawa-machi

sionary committment. I think the record

those who would make a life-time mis

389-1 Japan

will show that married missionaries in

general make a more stable and enduring
missionary contribution.


Sendai & Rural Missions, Inc.
c/o Mrs. Mildred Glockzin
Route 2, Box 475
North Branch. Minnesota 55056


The Milton Jones family began work
in Sendai, Japan in 1970, planning to
resume the work of previous missionaries,
M. B. Madden, and the Paul Nielsens.
An unfinished house, a shell of a church

Japan missionaries concerning prepara
tion of Japan Missions 1976 was sent

building, debt-free property, and one

the above question. "Someone" intended

Christian were all that remained of the
former work.

to write an article using this information.

Along with the first letter to the

The answers which came back were a

surprise to the editors; they were not
Of necessity, the first two years were
spent in repair and construction work.
Some local teaching was started with
children and college students.

calling of Toshihiko Shimada and family
to assist in the work required completion

of a minister's living facilities in 1972.
With a minister guiding the local con
gregation, new evangelistic outreach and
methods were begun. Preaching at bus
stops, on streets, at shrines and temples,
door-to-door personal work, tract distri
bution, and school evangelism carried
the Gospel to the lost.

the answers that were blowing around
20 years ago. So, rather than a summary,

we will just quote a few anonymous
There are, of course, three kinds of
missionaries in Japan; single women,
married women, and married men.
No single men. Only one single woman
gave an opinion, but we assume all agree.

(1) She said, "No, marriage is not manditory for mission service, but the single
missionary must be exceedingly stable
in all areas of life."

The married women said: (1) "NO,

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Let each be persuaded in his own mind
and then set forth to carry out the "Great


(Continued from p. 29)
12. You see an older missionary talking
on the phone and drawing miscellaneous
marks in the air with his free hand?

Don't worry.

He's O.K.

He is

trying to understand the other fellow's

13. A child points frantically at you and

contacts with peers." (4) "Definitely
NO." (5) "I don't think its necessary
The men? (1) "1 think it preferable

Future outreach includes plans for
Christian camp work, puppet evangelism
in schools, and special emphasis on village
evangelism with establishment of smdl

Speaking as a man and as an observer,
my judgment is that women make better


for either men or women."


to this.

missionaries don't necessarily have to be

"home" church.

furlough in 1975, work was begun with
shrine evangelism, personal work, and
new ventures in translation work, along
with "house party" and "coffee house"
evangelism with high school and coUege

Since the unmarried will have to stand

alone physically, they will have to have a
special spiritual dedication to God.
Single women must ask God to bless
their singleness, for there are few chances
to marry overseas. Sometimes single
women solve their loneliness by adopting
children on the field. This brings hap
piness now and heartaches later. Single
missionary men sooner or later marry
someone somewhere in their missionary
careers. There are almost no exceptions

married." (2) "As a general rule mission
aries ought to be married." (3) "I can't
add any 'exceptions' to the great commis
sion. However, it would be well for a
single missionary to come as an intern
first. Single youth coming should be
aware of problems in international
marriages, and the limitations of social

Fire destroyed the mission house in

And each have areas of service which

they can do best.


At the present time, Sendai has an
active congregation conducting children's
and ladies meetings, classes, and regular
worship services.
A newly organized
Bible study group meets in Sakuragaoka
under their sponsorship. Just north in
Kogota, an independent work, organized
and guided by the Koichi Suzuki family,
is growing—an excellent example of a

1973, resulting in the relocation of the
Jones family in Nagano-ken. Prior to

God has called some in a married state

and some in an unmarried state, however,
and all can do service pleasing to him.

that the missionary, especially men, be
married. But you know, I don't have
any way to really know. After all,
we are married." (2) "It really doesn't
make any difference what anybody else
thinks. It depends on the person, and
what they feel the Lord wants them to

do." (3) "I feel like it would actually
be a hindrance—for a man if he wasn't

married." (4) "I vote NO." (5) "NO!"






calls to his friends,"Look,an American."

Whatever you do, get used to it.
It doesn't wear off unless you look
like a Japanese. I always wondered what
you would do if you happened to be a
Frenchman or Russian instead.

14. You overhear a man tell his wife,
"The children are so cute. How can the

adults be so ugly?"
You don't "understand"
or speak any Japanese until he is com
pletely out of the area.

15. The department clerk giggles behind
her hand when you ask for size 38

Storm off if you don't really need

size 38 clothing and want to get her into
trouble with her supervisor. Otherwise

hold your temper and persist politely.
She is probably laughing in embarrass
ment because she has been suddenly

(6) "I would say that missionaries must
be married." (7) "Must missionaries be

faced with the necessity of answering


six or more years of English she has

Of course not!

Paul was

unmarried and he was the greatest mis
sionary of them all. One third of the

a question and can't remember any of the



by Mary Harding

(December 1975)

In 1966-67, I visited Japan for over
four months teaching English and con
ducting Christian Education workshops
for Church of Christ missionaries all over
the islands. I also visited former students

to whom I had taught English in the U.S.
In this way I could see Japanese life on

These prices were compiled by Emeline Woodruff (Okinawa), Norma
Bumey (Kochi), Daynise Holloway(Okayama), Joanie Lamdin (Kyoto),
and Joyce Warrick (Tokyo). Prices are per pound unless otherwise
indicated, (n. a. — not available)

all strata.




on aise

but of other Asian countries has "become

the kingdom of our Lord, and of His


without American money or personnel
until "the kingdom," not only of Japan


Then the Japanese


and His kingdom.

themselves will carry on the work


leaders and "set them on fire" for Christ


aries who are glowing with evangelistic
zeal, who will be patient and persistent,
and who will find potential Japanese


as a second language. We need mission


prepared in Bible knowledge,apologetics,

Japanese language, Christian Education,
and modem methods of teaching English


We still need young American mission

aries who love God with all their hearts,
who can love the Japanese people as
themselves, and who are thoroughly


"sold" on Jesus Christ and His work,
they can evangelize Japan in a way
that no foreigner can ever hope to do.


and finesse. This proves to me that if

several Japanese leaders become really


other enterprises also, all done on a big
scale and with typical Japanese ingenuity


social, and propagating activities. I saw


I saw great modem Buddhist temples
with thousands of people participating in
worship and various other educational,




"The Japanese don't need any gods."
Almost all wanted to leam or practice


examinations into the most

elite schools or gaining higher status
positions in business, and all wanting to
make more money. Most were satisHed
with Japanese progress in industry
and science, as expressed by one student:


were rushing headlong toward passing


satisfying. Many were satisHed with their
old religions, while some observed them
only as a cultural heritage. But most


dnuop rep

I saw millions of people. Some were

reaching out for something new and


Christ". Rev. 11:15 ARV.


The thing that hurt me the most as

a missionary's kid, in regard to my
education was that I didn't have enough
English books and, consequently, I'm
now one of the world's slowest readers.

If you move to Japan (or any foreign
country) make sure your children have
plenty of books to read in their native
— Mark Pratt

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Jones, M.





Fleenor, J.

Mings, L.

Pratt, M.

Mings, R.


Jones, L.


Pratt, P.

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