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Japan's Missionary "Centurions": Where Are They Now, and What Are They Doing?

Many of those who gave their lives to missionary service in Japan after General MacArthur's appeal have either passed on into the presence of the Lord, or are spending their remaining days back in the country of their birth. As far as we know here at Japan Harvest, out of all the missionaries who arrived during those early years following World War II, ten couples remain in Japan, each couple having a combined 100 years of foreign missionary service. Another fourteen individuals remain who have at least 50 years of foreign missionary service. If you, our readers, know of any others or are able to correct any inaccuracies in this list, please send us an email at [email protected] or drop a quick note to the JEMA office with the proper information. In future issues, we'll be continuing brief updates regarding "centuri-ons" on this list as we receive information, so we'd love to get the latest news.

We honor the following for their long and faithful service to God and to the Japanese people, and we pray that they will be able to continue for many more years in good health and with much blessing. We thank God for their partnership in the gospel!

  • Kenny and Lila Joseph-Tokyo: Lila and I answered MacArthur's call, met in Karuizawa and were married there. We have four boys, who all speak perfect Japanese and still work in some connection with the land of their birth. In over 50 years of evangelistic work, we've seen adults by the tens of thousands make public decisions to receive Christ, and helped build 41 churches after holding soul?winning campaigns with them. We still minister through R.F.AP Mission sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.
  • Leo and Phyllis Kaylor-Kumamoto-ken: I came to Japan in December 1951, and Phyllis arrived in May 1952. We met shortly after. Our friendship grew into courtship, and we were married in May 1953. Our min-istry has centered in Kyushu and has been that of evangelizing, teaching and training Christian workers, and planting churches. We have six children, of which two of our sons and their wives are also missionaries in Japan, while a third son and his wife are planning to move to Japan for ministry in the near future. We are thrilled, that after 55 years, we can still be active in the ministry herein Japan.
  • Lavern and Clara Rodgers-Nagano-ken
  • Christian and Anneliese Stoecker-Nagano-ken

  • Neil and Peggy Verwey-Nara-ken: I arrived in Japan from South Africa in October 1951, and Peggy arrived from Eng-land on January 1, 1952. We were married in September 1954. We founded Japan Mission in 1957, focusing on tuberculosis patients in hospitals in the 1950's and '60's. Through the mission, we still serve Japan's approxi-mately 7,500 churches through evangelistic meetings, English teaching evangelism, international school outreach, audio?visual distribution, and Bible & literature publica-tion and distribution.

  • Philip and Wilma Visser-Oita-ken

  • Lois Bostrom-Shizuoka-ken: I arrived in 1954 with the Women's Union Missionary Society to help at Kyoritsu High School and Bible School. I went to Nagat-suta in 1957 to begin a church. A year later I married George Bostrom, then head of the Navigators in Japan. God gave us five children. We began a church in Tenryu and Kakegawa, Shixuoka?ken. After George's homegoing, our oldest son, Paul, became pastor of the Kakegawa church. Faith and her husband pastor in Missouri. Beth and her husband work with Japanese students in Eugene. Gloria and her Japanese husband work with a church in Hamamatsu. John and his Japanese wife pastor a church in Daito. At 82, I am teaching the Bible and helping where I can. See you all in glory!

  • Paul Broman-Miyagi-ken
  • Philip Broman-Miyagi-ken
  • Leone Cole-Tokyo
  • Andrew Ellis-Kumamoto-ken

  • Berni Marsh-Shizuoka-ken: As I began ministry in Japan, I joined my sister Lois at Kyoritsu Women's Bible School, and the following eight great years there weremy introduction to this land. One of my students, Teruko Kawashima, has been my co?worker for the past 50 years. She has been God's gracious gift to me. I laughingly tell her, "When my name is called in heaven you must stand up!" After leaving Kyoritsu we started coffee house ministries in Yokohama, Shinjuku and Kyoto, which became our home for 23 years. God allowed us to start a church there which continues under Japanese leadership. Presently we are in church plant-ing in Hamamatsu. We rejoice in God's faithfulness.

  • David Martin-Fukui-ken
  • Barbara Murch-Miyagi-ken

  • Ruth Julene Raby-Kyoto: I arrived in Japan on January 3, 1953. In the fifty?three years since that time, I have been involved in teaching and radio out-reach, and currently work on a one-on-one basis with the people God continues to bring into my life.

  • Morse Saito-Kobe
  • Eulalia Spoor-Kumamoto-ken
  • Eileen Thomson-Saitama-ken
  • Al Wmroth-Aichi-ken
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