Laying Plans for Passing the Baton at TMC

We have decided it is time to pass the TMC baton.

So TMC’s leadership team has given Dale the green light to recruit someone to lead English language ministries alongside TMC’s Japanese language ministries pastor. We are looking for a missionary or pastor with some ability in the Japanese language and who has a heart for reaching people in Tokyo for Christ, both Japanese and expatriates. Oh yes, and they will need to be financially supported! TMC has only a small stipend for them.

When the Lord leads us to such a person or couple (hopefully by spring 2022 or earlier) we plan to move our primary residence from our apartment in Tokyo to our house in Maine USA. From there we would continue some level of remote/virtual ministry at TMC such as administration and children/ladies ministry—if that is what the church desires.

In addition…
  • Dale has been invited to continue teaching his annual one semester theology course at Japan Bible Seminary in modular format for as long as he wishes. This would require one or two trips to Tokyo every year.
  • We are being encouraged to continue serving as EFC of Canada Mission Asia Ministry Coaches. This would require at least half-time commitment, even though we are currently trying to do it on a part-time basis (inadequately). This too requires several trips to Asia each year.
During these 4-6 week Asia trips we would be based at our vacation house in northern Japan near Sendai, traveling from there to Tokyo and other places in Asia as required.

So after moving our primary home base to Maine we are anticipating continuing our Asia missionary ministry, often working out of our secondary home base in Japan.

But in view of personal unknowns such as Covid and our health (we are doing well now!), and the ministry unknown of whether an English ministries pastoral couple can replace us at TMC, we hold our plans lightly, confident only in our loving and majestic triune God.

Our house in Maine USA
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Our house at “Takayama by the Sea” near Sendai Japan