JAPAN MINISTRY REPORT
Volume XXXIX No. 3
Flying from Korea to
Japan was not without a lot of effort. The brethren attempted to keep us in
Korea. However, when I telephoned Japan to see if this was possible, I was told
they needed us even more in Japan. They told us that in comparison to Korea,
Japan is a great spiritual dessert and they needed to see God pour out of His
Traveling to Japan
we first had to take a 3 hour van ride to the airport in Seoul, Korea, then we
flew to Osaka, Japan’s airport, rushed to catch a bus to the seaport to take a
high-speed ferryboat to the city of Sumoto on the island of Awaji. The seas were
Tony and Marge Abram,, your missionaries in Japan!
We were met there by our Associate
Evangelists Jim and Darla Snipe, along with Lynette Heimsoth, for whom we
arranged a short stay mission of 3 months in Japan. She is still a teenager and
has a call of God on her life.
Her father is a pastor in Indiana
and it is their church that has sent out over 4,000 packages to Africa on behalf
of the requests that have been made to our ministry.
We have received many requests
from Africa for Bibles, tracts and other helps. Her church has been a blessing
to our ministry. Marge and I, for years have tried to learn to be content in
whatever state God puts us. We have learned to live in luxury one day and
poverty the next day. We have slept in over 4,000 beds during the 39 years of
Jim and Darla arranged a meeting at
the best hotel on the island. The owners treated us to a complimentary best
traditional suite and traditional meal. It had the most luxurious rooms and
situation we have ever been in. I do not know the cost, but I am sure it would
have cost over $1,000.00 per night if we had to pay for it.
The owners are interested in the
Gospel and Jim and Darla are trying to win them to Christ. The next day we moved
into Jim and Darla’s home, where as most Japanese sleep, we too slept on the
floor. Jim also arranged a breakfast meeting where I shared with missionaries
and workers the promises of God.
While we were praying for them,
the Lord gave me a vision of a dry dessert when showers began to fall and the
desert was changed to a field of beautiful wild flowers. The Lord spoke to me
that many have planted the seed in Japan and like a desert in which the seeds of
wild flowers can lay for years, when the rain falls, they grow, blossom and make
more seeds, so also is Japan.
Pray for the showers of blessings
to fall and bring revival to this dry land. God seems to be sending us back to
Japan, not only to help, but also to plant more seed. We believe a great revival
is yet to take place in the country of Japan.
Having fellowship and Japanese food after service
at the home of Jim and Darla Snipe.
Darla Snipe interprets Marge into Japanese!
Only a quarter of one
percent of the population of Japan ever go to church and are considered
Christians. Yet, during a recent poll, over 30 percent of the Japanese people
polled believe that Jesus Christ is God. This tells me that there is much seed
planted in the hearts of the Japanese people which needs to be harvested for the
Kingdom of God.
Please pray much for our future
ministry in Japan and for the Japanese people. Our meetings at Sumoto Chapel
were blessed of the Lord. We saw a number of Japanese come to Christ that Jim
and Darla have been working with, planting and watering the seed. The Bible
says: ‘One plants, another waters, but it is God that gives the increase.’
Tony Abram prays over baby, father and mother with the Aoki’s during this baby
Marge blesses the people with
anointed singing in Japan!
That is exactly what
happened in this instance. Darla Snipe interpreted for us and we thank God for
the great improvement in her language skills. It was a joy to see Japanese
people moved on by the Holy Spirit and weep. Our ministry took us from there to
the Osaka area, where we again had wonderful ministry. God poured out His Spirit
upon all the services. We celebrated the 17th anniversary of the local church
and had a special Japanese dinner.
Our tastes have changed so much
since the first time we came to Japan. I remember that I had great difficulty
eating some of the Japanese meals. However, now Japanese food is one of my
favorite foods. We were able to minister to many people with both spiritual and
physical needs. God stretched forth his hand to meet many needs. Aoki sensei and
his wife Yumiko are dear friends of ours and have a wonderful work in the Osaka
They are both very good
interpreters and have been a wonderful blessing to our ministry. They drove us
back to Sumoto on the island of Awaji for our final ministry in Japan at this
time. Thank you for the part you have in our ministry. You are helping us
fulfill the calling of God on our lives. God bless you and yours is our daily
prayer. I am inserting our Associate Evangelists testimony in this month’s Good
News. Pray for them and others that work with our ministry world-wide.
Testimony of Jim and Darla
Snipe: After graduating from high school in 1964, I left California to study
at the University of Idaho with a dream to pursue a career in agriculture. Since
I went to church often as a small child and occasionally as a youth, I thought I
should find a church to attend while at university. I found a church and was
soon baptized, confirmed and religious.
However, there was
no change in my life. The only difference was I went to church on Sunday. During
my senior year of university, I met Darla and we were married the following
summer in August of 1968.
Missionaries to Japan, our Associate Evangelists,
Jim and Darla Snipe.
Lynette Heimsoth, a blessing to
Jim and Darla with her ministry
One day while washing clothes at a
local coin laundry, I met three young people. They asked me if I knew Jesus. I
had never been asked that question before. I could not answer their question so
I suggested they see my wife. They were soon at our home talking to her about
Jesus. She was crying before they left.
Thus, she became a Christian and
people soon began to notice a change in her. She began to pray for me to become
a Christian. My wife and two sons began attending church. However, her eyesight
soon became so bad that she was no longer able to drive to church. I was soon
driving the family to church. On Palm Sunday, 1981, I surprised my wife by going
up with her to the front of the church to receive communion.
While I was on my knees at the
altar, I asked Jesus to forgive my sins and change my life. God had given me a
new love for my wife and sons. My conversion had a big influence on our family
Japanese family we visited that Jim and Darla
are winning to Christ in Japan.
Workers together with Christ., Jim, Darla, Marge
and Tony in Awaji, Japan.
Within a few months after I became a
Christian, both of our sons came to Jesus. In April of 1986, my wife and I went
to Japan for the first time. As I looked out over Tokyo, I started thinking
about the fact that 99 percent of the people in Japan do not believe in Jesus
Christ and have any hope of eternal life. I began to weep as God put a burden on
my heart for the nation of Japan. My wife was soon weeping. In our second trip
to Japan in January 1987, God called us to be missionaries in Japan, I knew that
we would be leaving family, friends, businesses, etc.
We sold everything and on July
30, 1989, with six suitcases, we departed from Canada for Osaka, Japan. We did
not know where we would be working as missionaries, but believed it would be in
the Osaka area. We have worked as missionaries at The Good Samaritan Church
since September of 1989. In 1991, Tony F. Abram of The World-wide Ministry of
Abundant Life Crusades, asked us to be their representatives and Associate
Evangelists in Japan.
It has been a great joy to work
with them from time to time and help plan their ministry in Japan. We believe
that God has confirmed our call to Japan many times since we became
missionaries. We are called by God to plant branch churches. Pray for us that we
may point many to Christ.
Pray much for Tony and Marge
Abram. God bless you and yours.
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