Meet the missionaries:Ray and Ruth Leaf: Ray and Ruth arrived in Japan in 1972 with SEND International, a church planting mission. They worked in Yokohama, Yamato Shi in Kanagawa, Utsunomiya in Tochigi, Fujimi City in Saitama and finally in Higashi Yamato City in Tokyo. They retired in 2009 and now live in the USA.
Tony and Pat Schmidt: Tony and Pat have been serving with OMF since l972 ( 33 years in Japan and 7 years in Canada as BC’s Regional Director for OMF.) They initially went to Japan as short term workers to fill an administrative position in the OMF office in Hokkaido, Northern Japan. Gradually God turned their focus to church-planting, and they felt God’s call to serve long-term in Japan.
In 2011 Tony and Pat retired from Japan, and are now working part-time as Associate Pastors with the Vancouver Japanese Gospel Church. They also keep involved in OMF events, and enjoy being available to help with their 4 grandchildren. Two of their three children are here in the lower mainland, while their oldest son is in Tokyo with his wife and two children.
Dick and Janice Kropp:Arrived in Japan September 1, 1969 for the first time.Ministry years 1969-2013. With one year of Japanese language study under our belts, (U of Washington) we spent another year in language school in Tokyo.
It was during our first term that God gave us a vision for a ministry among university students – which came to be known as Shalom Center, first begun in Kyoto then moved to Hiroshima where it grew to almost 100 students of all ages. We ministered in Hiroshima, Kyoto, and the Kanto area – Kotesashi, Yachiyo (Chiba Ken) and Sengendai.
Richard served on the JEMA Committee and Janice was contributor then editor of the JAPAN HARVEST for many years. Serving on the Ladies Commission was also a delight for Janice.
One exciting outreach ministry at the end of our years in Japan was the birth of Sharon Rose Café & Gallery. As an arm of the church in Sengendai, this café brought over 2,000 customers to our building. Our hope to have this as a model for ministry was short-lived but what an experience!
Our family: We have four grown sons, their wives and 15 grandchildren. We now reside in Columbus, North Carolina – a setting much like Japan with mountains, rivers and waterfalls.
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