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I work at the School of Youth Ministries in English in Japan. My main ministries are to help the volunteer teachers who come to teach English for 2 to 3 months at a time, organize class schedules for students and to help disciple, encourage and challenge students in the daily walk with the Lord.
I grew up in a Christian home, which helped to lay a strong foundation and love for the Bible, prayer and missions. For many years I doubted my own salvation, but on October 17, 1987, in my 2nd year of college I became a follower of Jesus Christ.
My home, church, and school experiences gave me a love for missionaries and missions. My first experience overseas was in 1990 when I went to Papua New Guinea with New Tribes Mission for an 8 week vision trip called INTERFACE. God directed me to another mission called the Network of International Christian Schools (NICS), where I used my elementary school teaching degree as a missionary teacher and principal in South Korea ('94-'99) and Japan ('00-'05) for 10 years.
My time in Korea and Japan gave me a love for these countries. Japan has less than 1/2 of 1% who are Christians and I desired to return in order to share my faith with those I could. Not knowing Japanese, God opened the door in 2006 to return to Japan with Word of Life SYME as the Dean of English. I am excited about what God is doing here. Each term we are able to minister to 10 to 20 students and see them trust Christ for the first time, or help them grow in their walk with Him and to see them go on to further their studies in Bible schools around the world.
2 Timothy 2:2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. (NIV 1984)