Our Missionaries

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Woody & Laurie Lauer

Woody and Laurie Lauer currently serve in the town of Yamamoto at the southern tip of Miyagi Prefecture on the border with Fukushima. In April, 2016, Woody succeeded Cal Cummings as the director of Nozomi Center, ministering to a region still recovering from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. He also serves as evangelist for the newly opened Yamamoto Nozomi Chapel while continuing his teaching at the Kobe Theological Hall. Laurie teaches cooking and English at the center and helps the Nozomi staff with various activities. They have seven children who live throughout the U.S. and Japan, along with six grandchildren.


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Murray & Tsuruko Uomoto

Murray Uomoto is a second generation OPC missionary. His parents were OPC missionaries George and Fumiko Uomoto. Murray and Tsuruko serve at the Megumi Chapel, a small house church in Sendai. Murray preaches and teaches in the area and Tsuruko counsels, does translation work, teaches English, and leads Bible studies. The Uomotos, along with the help of MAs Todd, Melissa, and Acco, are currently working to buy a building for their congregation. Please pray that God would bless this effort. 


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Kazuhiko (Kaz) & Katie Yaegashi

Kaz and Katie Yaegashi serve as Associate members of the OPC Japan Mission through the Mississippi Valley Presbytery of the PCA. Kaz, a native-born Japanese raised in Japan, is the Evangelist-Pastor at Yamagata Reformed Chapel, has taught Bible, sat on the numerous boards, is a pre-marital counselor and wedding officiant, and has done translation work for "Confessing Christ" into Japanese. Katie, grand-daughter of John W. Moore—one of the earliest missionaries to Japan in the late 1800's—currently teaches English, Bible Classes, and a cooking class at their home. They have five children, living in both Japan and the U.S., and five grandchildren.

View updates and reports from the Yaegashis.


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Daniel & Márcia Gomes

Daniel and Márcia Gomes serve as Associate members of the OPC Japan Mission through the Presbyterian Church of Brazil. Daniel is the pastor at Igreja Presbiteriana Cristo é Vida (Christ Is Life Presbyterian Church) in Obu, Japan. The church mainly ministers to Brazilians of Japanese decent that have returned to Japan, called dekasegis. They have two children, David and Ruth.


Our Missionary Associates

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Todd & Melissa Whitford

Todd and Melissa Whitford currently serve as MAs (missionary associates) in Sendai. They are members of Pilgrim OPC in Raleigh, NC and arrived in Sendai in April of 2015. They both teach English classes for kids and adults, help set up for Megumi Chapel’s worship services each week, and help with other church events. Todd also leads two Bible studies, has started recording the sermons at Megumi Chapel and posting them online, and is taking online seminary courses through RTS Global. Todd and Melissa feel a burden for the struggling church in Japan and hope to become OPC missionaries in the future.