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PastoriSumito Furusawaj


Sumito Furusawa@Sensei

He graduated from the Christian Reformed
Church Seminary in Kobe in June 2016.
He works at Tokusima church.



EldersF(From left to right)@Mr.Arii, Mr.Ichihara, Mr.Terauchi, Mr.Arii

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Mr.Toshiyuki Terauchi

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PastoriKei Kataokaj(Jul-2010 ` Jul-2016)


Kei Kataoka@Sensei

He graduated from the Christian Reformed
Church Seminary in Kobe in July 2010.
He works at Tokusima and Tokushima-west church.


Mother Church Sakado Church

Missionaries@(Stephan and Carina van der Wattj(Apr-2009 ` Oct-2015)




Stephan van der Watt
& Carina& & Annlie & Cornelius&
Lodewyk

Missionaries from South Africa with the Christian Reformed Church of Japan

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Stephan and Carina were both born in 1977 in South Africa.Both studied at the University of Stellenbosch.
Stephan was awarded his doctorate in Theology and Carina her Masters in Economics.

2003 - 2005 Stephan did 3 years of Youth, Men and Family ministries in the Dutch Reformed Church of Stellenbosch.At the same time he was also Project Leader at the Research Institute of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Stellenbosch. His main task was to guide congregations to become missional congregations (= changing from inward-looking congregations to outreaching congregations).He was also part-time lecturer in the Department of Practical Theology and Pastoral Care at Stellenbosch University. During this time he taught as visiting lecturer at the Dalama University in Falum, Sweden.

2006 - 2008 Stephan was minister of the Dutch Reformed Church of Aliwal North in South Africa.Stephan is an athlete and sportsman. He played international rugby and is a keen golfer, tennis-player and squash-player.

Carina spent her first 5 years in Otsu City in Shiga Prefecture. Then she returned to South Africa.However, after graduating from Stellenbosch University she came in 2002 to Japan and taught for 2 years English at Seinan Junior-High and High School in Fukuoka.

In 2005 she and Stephan were married and when they moved to AliwalNorth Carina started and managed a Community Project. Its purpose is to help the many poor, illiterate and unemployed in skills training and job-employment.

In 2009 they came to Japan and since May they are busy with Japanese language studies.They plan to spend the rest of their lives as missionaries with the Christian Reformed Church of Japan in Japan.....



Interim minister@(Yoshikazu Makitaj(May-2008 `Nov-2011)

Makita sensei

After retiring from his position as principal of the
Christian Reformed Church Seminary in Kobe
he was inducted in April 2007 as minister of
RCJ Yamada congregation in Kochi Prefecture
(Shikoku).
Since May 2008 he acts as interim minister of
RCJ Tokushima congregation.
He is also chaiirperson of the RCJ Shikoku
Presbytery and Mission Japan Joint Mission
Co-operation Committee.
He is playing a major role in the joint mission
co-operation with the church in South Africa.
He studied in the Nederlands and reads (and speaks)
Dutch and Afrikaans.
Makita sensei is a respected Reformed theologian
in Japan.
He is writer of several books in Japanese:
"What is Reformed Faith"
"Living with a future hope"


Missionaries@iTobie & Annalie De Wetj(Apr-2008 ` Dec-2011)


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Tobie & Annalie De Wet

Missionaries from South Africa with the Christian Reformed Church of Japan


Tobie and Annalie were born and grew up in the Republic of South Africa (They are South Africans from Dutch, French and Irish descent. Their Dutch and French ancestors have been in SA since the middle of the 17th century, first arriving in 1652).

In 1973 both graduated from the University of Stellenbosch near Cape Town, Tobie in Literature and Theology and Annalie in Social Work

After their marriage in 1974 they came to Japan and studied (2-plus years)Japanese at the School of Japanese Language in Ashiya, Kobe.
Until the end of 1982 they worked with the Christian Reformed Church of Japan, first in Nada, Kobe and then in Otsu, Shiga Pretecture.


When the "Apartheid" regime of SA was at the peak of its strength, they returned to their home country, pastored for 3 years a Dutch Reformed Church congregation in Port Elizabeth, and then lived and worked for 14 years as pastor of the Reformed Church of Africa in the Indian suburb of Malabar, Port Elizabeth. At the same time they were actively involved, through a Christian Welfare organization, in the poor Black Townships of Port Elizabeth.


They have been back in Japan since the beginning of 2000, first for more than 7 years on Kyushu island where they were reaching out into their community through English Bible classes, English chaples, English teaching, cooking clubs and even rugby. Tobie preached every Sunday in different churches of the Christian Reformed Church in Japan.


Since April 2008 they are working on the Shikoku island with the Christian Reformed Church in Shikoku, staying in Tokushima and serving as missionaries the Christian Reformed Church congregations in Tokushima and Marugame (Kagawa prefecture).