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Meet Osam and Emily, IM Missionaries to Japan

Hey everyone! Thanks for your interest in our ministry in Japan! We are so passionate about seeing the Gospel be clear and accessible in Japan. Osam and Emily met in October of 2021 while working at Hope Alive Church in Tokyo. Osam is a registered nurse and photographer and serves at Hope Alive as associate pastor. Emily enjoys cooking, has a cooking class, and works on social media. Together, we use our gifts to create ministry opportunities with young adults in Japan!

Learn more about Hope Alive Church and ministry at 

Why Japan?

Emily shares, “Japan caught my eye back in 2013 when I went there on a mission trip at sixteen years old. This was eye-opening because I saw the devastating reality of meeting someone who had never heard the name of Jesus or experienced the Hope of knowing Him. Once I accepted the call to the missions, the alarming statistics about Japan kept me aware of the great need for Christians to go to Japan. Less than 99% of Japanese people are Christian. This means most of everyone around us, our friends, Osam’s family, are not believers. Out of 127 million people, only 300,000 might attend church. So, a young Japanese child could go from kindergarten through their dying day having never met a Christian.

There is a great need at Hope Alive for a young adult ministry. Young adults need to see other young adults in church, otherwise, they do not think they belong.”

24 Unreached People Groups in Japan

Emily shares about her internship in Japan and how she has previously witnessed the Japanese culture’s hopelessness first-hand.

How they are ministering to the people in Japan

How you can pray for them

  • Pray for our marriage, as we enter our first year of serving on the field as a couple.
  • Pray for us as we mention the Gospel early and often.
  • Pray for natural opportunities to minister with the Japanese.
  • Pray for us to have a Spirit-led ministry.

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