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
＊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