Born in China 1935, (parents and grandparents were missionaries from Sweden), saved at the age of 12, surrendered to God’s call at 13. Graduated from Tennessee Temple University in January 1958 and arrived in Japan together with wife Sandra six months later with one trunk, two suitcases and $40.00 cash and four supporting churches. In the ledger of our account book we have inscribed, I Samuel 7:12 “ EBENEZER…Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.” And God has been true to His promise all these years.
After language school in Tokyo, we began our work in Gamagori 1960 located in Aichi Prefecture (Central Japan). Gamagori was our home for 40 years, Gamagori B.C. was established and out of that church seven other churches have come into being. Central Japan Bible School (Presently evening classes only) and a Christian Cemetery called “Resurrection Garden”, serving several churches, are also part of our legacy. Most cemeteries in Japan are Buddhist which makes it difficult for believers to break with idolatry. Our main thrust however, has always been church-planting, and we believe that church-planting is embodied in the Great Commission.
We continued mission work in Nojiri-ko, Nagano-Prefecture starting out with services in our home. Our desire and prayer was to start one more church, but we also had to be realistic to consider our that age and ailments began to curtail our activities. After 50 years in Japan, we moved to Hawaii in February of 2009. God opened up a door to be part of a Japanese Church planting ministry together with a younger Japanese couple the Kamikubos sent out from a Baptist Church in Japan. Japanese and those of Japanese descent make up the second largest ethnic group in Hawaii. We continue to serve with BIMI. Though we are past retirement age, we are not under social security or medicare. We are grateful to the many churches that make it possible for us to continue sharing the Gospel to the Japanese in their language.