Means, “It’s Nice to Meet You!”
Jim, Tracy, and our daughter Serena live in Munakata City near Fukuoka, Japan. Our oldest daughter lives in the United States attending college. We are located on the western side of Japan’s southernmost island. Thankfully, we rarely see natural disasters here such as earthquakes and tsunamis. This is a beautiful part of Japan, and we are thankful every day to be here.
Jim, Serena, Tracy
Our testimony involves a years-long journey of the heart. One that God first breathed into our spirits in the year 2003 when my wife and I began having literal night time dreams of Japan. The dreams were vivid but we were not sure what to do but journal and pray about these dreams. From there, God grew our passion for the Japanese to the point of visiting twice, then we moved permanently in January, 2011. It has been miracle upon miracle before and since we arrived, as God has provided in so many ways. Most of all, he has provided friends and relationships upon which we can build. He has given us incredible mentors, helpers, and people to serve and assist. God is awesome and we are absolutely beside ourselves to think that this is where we now live and minister. It is a true joy.
What we do
Missionary life is unique ministry in that rarely do we see two days in a row that look the same, but of course there are some foundational things which are a part of the more routine side of life.
Pastoring. We are senior pastors at our local church in Munakata City. The spectrum of responsibility here is not unlike any other pastoral position. We preach, teach, participate on the worship team, help coordinate church steering, event coordination, and managing the church facility in general. We pray with people, visit the sick, comfort widows and help the children and youth. Jim also maintains the church’s technical areas such as website, sound and video. Tracy helps lead the MBCC Ladies’ Group and ministers in a number of other ways both inside and outside the church.
Community Building. This is one of our favorite aspects of missionary life, engaging the Japanese culture through those around us every day; the store clerk, the gas station attendant, passersby, anyone, anywhere . . . and we seek to make contact. From this, relationships grow and often we are blessed in seeing how God does great things through our efforts, great or small. He has turned unlikely meetings into lasting friendships.
If you would like to know more, please contact us here. Thank you!
Where we live: Munakata City
Munakata City’s population of ~96,000 is nestled between two large metropolises, Fukuoka and Kitakyushu, each with about 1.3 million people. Munakata is a quiet area, with lots of rice farming and community spirit. We love Munakata and its people!