Dave and Tomo Robison are preparing to serve in Iwate Japan through JEMS, to partner with the Iwate 3.11 Church network. Their goal is to aide in establishing reproducing churches among the Tsunami devastated coastal towns of Iwate, Japan. Dave has been served as a youth pastor, bible study leader and elder at their local church. Tomo is Japanese and was raised in Tokyo, serving faithfully for many years at the church where her father pastored. In 2003 Dave participated in a short term trip to serve at Tomo’s church, where they met for the first time. They were married in 2009, and began raising support to serve as missionaries in Japan. In 2011, after the events of the March 11 Earthquake and Tsunami they felt God leading them to serve among the Tsunami devistated region of Tohoku.
Through the faithful work of both Japanese and International Christians who have been assisting in disaster relief and survivor care since the Tsunami hit, God is opening the hearts of the people of Iwate to hear the gospel. Many of the cities struck by the Tsunami have no evangelical church, and have never had a Christian influence in their history. As many of the short term workers begin to return to their homes there is now an urgent need for long term missionaries to partner with the few Japanese churches in the area in order to build upon the relationships and trust earned by the short term workers, in the hopes of establishing new churches that can continue to share the love of Christ with the people of Iwate for many years to come.
Along with their son one year old son Titus, Dave and Tomo intend to move to Iwate in March of 2013, where they will spend their first two year term in preparation to begin church planting. During that time they will prayerfully seek out partners with which to join or form a church planting team, determine which city God is working in to raise up new believers in need of a church, participate in survivor care ministries, and dedicate time for Dave to advance in language acquisition.
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