Our Missionaries and Campus Ministers
David and Kelly Sasaki
Every Navigator’s passion is to help others know Christ and make Him known®. Through small-group Bible studies and life-on-life discipleship, we come alongside people and teach them to be Christ’s followers as they study and apply the Word of God to chart their lives. Then we train them to pass what they have learned on to others.
Every year in our Collegiate ministry we see thousands of students meet Christ, grow in Him, and become totally available to God during college and after they graduate. Throughout their college careers, we help these students develop strong spiritual foundations and encourage them to pass on what they have learned to their friends and family. We develop life-long laborers in the Kingdom.
Kevin and Nozomi West
In July 2004, Kevin served together with the Chigasaki Holiness Church near Yokohama. He was also involved in ministry called J-Lodge, "J" stands for Jesus. J-Lodge is a coffee shop designed to reach out to the college students at Tokai University in the town of Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture. In spring 2007, Kevin and Nozomi Ando were married. From 2009, Kevin and Nozomi enrolled at Christ Bible Seminary in Nagoya. Their daughter Lia Noelle was born in 2012.
For additional information, please visit kevinandnozomi.wordpress.com
Aileen is serving on the UCI campus, reaching out to Japanese students with the Gospel and the love of Christ. Many of the Japanese students have come to know Christ through the J-Best Bible studies and outreach ministries.
Visit Aileen at www.navigators.org.
Jon and Maki Robison
Jon and Maki Robison are evangelical church planters in Iwate, a northern prefecture in Japan. Currently they are serving with Morioka Minami Church. They started their ministry with JEMS in February 2013. The Robisons have two sons, Aquila and Leon.
Please pray for the Robisons as they assist the church in Japan with long-term church planting in the areas devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011. www.jonandmaki.com.
Michael and Chris Mason
Michael and Chris are career missionaries, serving at Oasis Church in Izumiotsu City, a suburb of Osaka and at the Kansai Christian School in Japan. They arrived in Japan in Spring of 1997, and in 1999 became associate pastors at Sakai International Bible Church. In 2001, they were ordained as ministers and installed as the head pastors of SIBC. Michael and Chris are also proud parents of their son Luke, who was born in 2000.
Besides preaching every week (in English), they are also involved in teaching English, leading worship, teaching Sunday School, hosting a Home Group, discipling believers, Bible study, and doing a myriad of administrative duties for the church. In addition, Michael serves as chaplain at Kansai Christian School and provides messages at the all-school chapel once a month. and Chris serves as a teacher's aide for the 1st-2nd grade class and homeroom and Bible teacher for the 5th-6th grade.
Reo Yoshida has been serving as a missionary to the Japanese since 2013. He has a great passion for God’s glory and a heart for the Japanese.
He is currently a JEMS missionary committed to reaching the Japanese in the diaspora. Specifically, Reo is serving to reach the Japanese who are living temporarily or permanently in Orange County with the Gospel and the love of Jesus Christ.
Emi and Sterling Miller
Emi and Sterling Miller are currently serving as missionaries to Japan. “We find ourselves on a Journey to Japan as a result of some clearly GOD circumstances. In March 2011, we were in Japan for Asian Access Spring Retreat, and felt the 9.0 Earthquake. Although we were safe in the Mountains near Nagano, our lives have changed ever since. We've heard a calling to Japan to serve in partnership with Japanese communities as a sincere expression of our faith in God.”
Visit them at milbinos.blogspot.com.
In 1993, he founded Jesus Christ Is Calling You Evangelistic Ministry, Inc. (JCCY) and launched a series of large scale revival tent meetings throughout Hawaii. Yamashiro utilized television, radio and print media to communicate his message to broader audiences and has been widely referred to as the "Billy Graham of Hawaii." Since 1998, his organization formed Paradise Global Mission and expanded to reach Japan, Philippines, Kenya, Thailand, India, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Uganda, China, Russia and more with medical and dental clinics, sports clinics and numerous forms of humanitarian aide by supporting the work of Christian churches in rural locations.
Yamashiro has ministered, studied and conducted business throughout Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Central America, Africa, the Middle East and Pacific Islands.
Please visit him at dannyyamashiro.org.
Patrick Zukeran served on the staff of Probe Ministries for 22 years, having received graduate degrees from Dallas Seminary (Th.M.) and Southern Evangelical Seminary (D.Min.). He has a national and international speaking and teaching ministry, and also hosts a national and international radio show “Evidence and Answers.” He has a great heart for the lost as well as equipping God’s people for apologetics and evangelism.
Please visit him at evidenceandanswers.org.