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Julie Harris

Julie grew up in Japan as the daughter of missionaries and felt called to missions as a middle school student. After college and church ministry, she came back to Japan and served with the Alliance from 1978 until 1996. During those years, she saw people come to faith, new churches established and Christians growing in their faith. After more than twenty years of ministry back in the US, the door opened for her to return to Japan in October 2019 with Envision. She is grateful to come alongside pastors and missionaries to share God's love and see people come to faith in Christ.

David and Evangeline Kindervater

We have been in Japan with the Alliance since 1998 helping to plant churches in the Tokyo metropolitan area. Currently we are working with a team to plant a church in the Tokyo bay area. Evangelizing and making disciples here in Japan, we have the privilege of telling wonderful people about a wonderful Savior.

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Alan and Jill Kropp

The Kropp's started their missionary journey in Japan in November 2008. For the last six years, along with their teammates, the Kropp’s have worked to establish the Ishinomaki New LIFE Center in a city that was devastated by the March 11, 2011 tsunami which is in one of the least reached regions of Japan. Through the programs of the New LIFE Center and by living a missional lifestyle, of demonstrating and proclaiming the gospel, the Kropp’s are seeing people take steps towards Jesus. They are working and praying to form a new church from new believers. The Kropp's have four kids.

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Quinn McGarvey

Quinn moved to Japan from North Carolina in November 2017. She is currently studying Japanese and learning a lot about the culture. Quinn felt God calling her to Japan while working with Japanese international students in the United States. She has also loved being able to connect with university students over a meal while in Japan. Quinn looks forward to being able to converse in Japanese, as well having more opportunities to share the love and Good News of Jesus with the people of Japan.

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Don and Hazel Schaeffer

We both grew up in ministry homes. Don's dad pastored an Alliance church in Cleveland. His first interest in Japan came at age 10 when he heard Mabel Francis. Hazel grew up in the Philippines to Scottish parents. We first came to Japan in 1984. We have planted two churches and have been in leadership for 9 years. God has blessed us with 5 children who love the Lord and 13 grandchildren. Our heart is to see strong churches being planted and reaching out in their communities with the life-changing power of the gospel.

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Don and Rachel Schaeffer

Don was born and raised in Japan as a C&MA missionary kid. Rachel was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Don and Rachel met at Toccoa Falls College in Georgia and graduated with degrees in cross-cultural studies. They married in July 2012 and moved to Japan to teach English. In 2014, Don and Rachel moved back to the States where Don served on staff from 2015-2019 at Plymouth Alliance Church in Wisconsin. They have two children, Donald and Elliot. Their family enjoys hiking and camping. Don and Rachel equally enjoy drinking coffee and eating delicious food together.

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Nghi and Jessica Tran

The Trans first came to Japan in 2008 as short-termers serving with OMF missionaries in Aomori. They came back to the States with the confirmation from God that they would go back to Japan as missionaries. Eight years later, with 4 young children they came back as C&MA missionaries. Nghi, originally from Vietnam, met Jessica, a Texas girl, when he was pursuing his graduate degree in Texas. By His grace, God has brought together these two people of different cultures to join Him in His heartbeat for the world.

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Stephen and Yire Woerner

We are church planters in Japan with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. We were both raised overseas and met in undergrad, where we discovered we both felt called to Japan. Upon finishing our seminary studies, Stephen was ordained, and we were appointed as full-time workers. We are currently starting a church in the city of Sendai, which is the hub of the Tohoku region. We have two boys, a four-year old and one-year old.

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