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Ministry Description

In 1982, Yoshito and Hisako Kato returned to Japan to begin the new ministry of Word of Life in Osaka. They immediately started translating the Bible club materials into Japanese and started clubs in four different churches, holding leadership training meetings each month. They also started camps during the summer and Intensive Study Marathons during the Spring, Summer, and Winter school vacations. In 1990, the Kato's moved operations from Osaka to Tokyo.

In 1999, Tomoo and Kaori Koike joined the Word of Life team and moved to Sendai, the northern part of Japan, to begin Bible clubs. Camps continue to be run in Sendai, and at various places around Japan. In 2007, Word of Life began, SYME, an ESL program for High School graduates to then attend Word of Life Bible Institute. Since the beginning of the ESL program, over 100 Japanese students have attended Word of Life Bible Institutes in New York, Florida, South Korea, and Hungary.

In January of 2013, Yoshito retired after 31 years of ministry and Randal & Dale Gilmore transitioned into the Director's role for Word of Life Japan. In 2014, the Cross Cultural Internship program was started, allowing ministry minded college students to earn their degree overseas while participating in active ministry with Word of Life Japan. In 2016, a creative design department was added to the ministry.

Country Description

While retaining its time-honored culture, Japan has rapidly absorbed Western technology during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Japan is located in eastern Asia. It is an island chain between the North Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan. With an area of 378,000 sq km, slightly smaller than California, it is home to 127 million people of whom 84% observe either Shinto or Buddhism, and only 0.7% claim some form of Christianity.

Contact Information

Word of Life Japan
85-10 Duplex Senba 2F
Kosho, Himeji
Japan 670-0043




Career Missionaries

Joe Chapman

Jodi Davis

Tomoo & Kaori Koike

Skip & Keturah Lake

Lindsay Shirakawa

Kelly & Kim Smith

Karina Thrush

Short-Term Missions - Cross Cultural Interns and Launch

Cody Britts

Katie Suggs

Jack Thompson

Isaac Wagner

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Japan English Ministry Volunteer
Japan English Ministry Volunteer

January 20 - November 7, 2021
Type: Career or Launch ShortTerm Missionary
Cost: $30 plus airfare

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Japan SYME Summer Volunteer
Japan SYME Summer Volunteer

June 1 - July 31, 2022
Type: Launch ShortTerm Missionary
Cost: $0 plus airfare

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Japan SYME Fall Volunteer
Japan SYME Fall Volunteer

September 7 - November 6, 2022
Type: Launch ShortTerm Missionary
Cost: $0 plus airfare

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Phone: 518.494.6000

Mailing Address:
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Schroon Lake NY 12870

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