Global Ministries has learned of the passing of Martha Marie Troxell Calcote, former missionary to Japan, on November 11, 2008.Read more
Our dream was to revisit family and friends in Japan one more time! Sixty years ago it took weeks on ships... now (not counting delays) less than one day by plane. What a joy to be met at Narita airport Sept. 10th by Kaori, Martha’s former student, now airport staff, and by son Ken arriving from business in London, and by Pastor and Mrs. Ota waiting to take us to their Shinjuku home.Read more
Tokyo is about a two hour ride by the bullet train from where I live. This last month I traveled three times to the big metropolis. When I go I like to look out the window and see the mountains, the rice fields, and the old farm houses nestled into the forest. In October the rice fields turn a gentle golden color. Harvest is near. Each stalk is heavy with plentiful rice. This year there have been fewer typhoons than usual. The farmers are looking forward to a good harvest. It is good that rice is plentiful. On my last trip to Tokyo I could see snow on the mountains. Winter is around the corner.Read more
The Center was started in 1951 by missionaries as an outreach ministry to college age youth. The ministry is carried on by our partner church, the UCCJ, and now also provides relief and outreach to those suffering on account of the triple disaster of March 11, 2011.
ARI is a training center for rural community leaders set on a 6 hectare farm in Northern Japan. The focus of our training program is to create an educational environment in which these leaders can discover within themselves and within their people a more desirable image of community. They learn how to observe situations, identify local resources, and discover ways to use and enhance those resources. At the heart of our program is the concept of 'foodlife' - holding significant value in human life and the food that sustains life.Read more
Here is another "success" story about an ARI graduate that Global Ministries helped. Can we use it on the web. It's from Lyle Predmore who is an MMI and spends time in Indonesia each year.Read more