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Donnie and Ruth McDonald


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After 36 years of church planting ministries in Japan, Donnie and Ruth will be transitioning back to the states for new ministry opportunities among FWB. From November 1, 2022, Ruth will become the new director for WNAC. Donnie will continue in his missionary status assisting the IM office’s focus on Go Global mission conferences and mission education in FWB churches. Currently, the McDonalds are specifically preparing Good News Chapel for this transition.

Why Japan?

We enjoy Japan’s safe and modern society with its excellent educational opportunities and amazing technological advances. However, we also know all too well that Japan is a spiritually dark nation.

Most Japanese people do not know a Christian, and only about 0.5% of the population claim Christianity as their faith. Sometimes people ask us if there are any unreached people groups in Japan, to which we reply: Japan IS an unreached people group! As a matter of fact, Japan is the second-largest unreached population in the world.

The traditional religions of Japan are Buddhism and Shinto, but many people identify as atheists. Many Japanese struggle with emotional and mental health issues. Cultural pressure to act strong and ignore real struggles contributes to an alarmingly high suicide rate.

As we share the hope of the Gospel, we find an openness across age groups. Through preaching, Bible studies, hospitality, and various events, we are seeing the power of Jesus change individuals and families.

24 Unreached People Groups in Japan

Good News Chapel IMpact Project

Learn more about the Good News Chapel church plant in Japan and how you can be a part of the ministries taking place by giving. The McDonalds and IM Missionaries in Japan need YOUR help to raise money for a new building that is larger and to have a place they can call their own.

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How they are ministering to people in Japan

How you can pray for the McDonalds

  • Pray for Donnie and Ruth as they help to transition the Good News Chapel (Tokyo) ministry to new leadership in connection with the McDonald’s upcoming stateside ministries.
  • Pray for the Good News Chapel congregation as they embrace new roles and ministries in preparation for the McDonalds’ re-assignment to the states.
  • Pray for Ruth as she will serve as the new director for WNAC from November 1, 2022.


Total population of Japan



You can partner with Donnie and Ruth to reach people in Japan with the Gospel.

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