Martha Lindsey grew up in a Christian home and accepted Christ as Savior at a young age. She was baptized at age 12. Most of her formative years were spent in Hobart, Indiana, where she graduated from Hobart High School. She first met Don Regier through the Youth for Christ Club. Martha graduated from North Central College in Naperville, IL, with a degree in music education. She earned her masters degree from Valparaiso University and studied 30 hours of Bible and missions at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
At age 15 Martha rededicated her life to the Lord at evangelistic meetings at her church. When she was an elementary school music teacher in Hobart, the challenge was given at church to stand up if you were willing to go as a missionary if the Lord so led. Martha felt she ought to be willing, though she never planned to go. Soon afterwards she again met Don who was heading to Japan. Eventually the Lord led them to be married in 1976 and go to Japan together in 1980.
Don and Martha have been career missionaries in Japan since 1980. After language study in Karuizawa and a church planting ministry in Toyoake, in mid 1988 they moved to Tokyo and Don joined nearly 200 Japanese Christians on the staff of Word of Life Press Ministries (WLPM), a publishing and evangelism ministry started by TEAM and now independent.
Husband: Don, Daughter Debbie, Son Matthew
Beside working alongside Don in their church planting ministry, Martha has had evangelistic women’s meetings, taught cooking classes and English classes and played organ in the various churches they have ministered in. Now she regularly shares the Gospel with Japanese women through English/ Bible/music classes for women in their home in Tokyo. Together they also reach out to their neighbors in various ways
The Regiers are cooperating missionaries helping pastor Toshihiro Hayashi in the ministry of Asaka Bible Church just north of Tokyo in Asaka City, Saitama Prefecture. They teach English classes to children and English Bible classes to adults that introduce many to the Sunday School and church. They also lead various outreach meetings and sing concerts for the church. This is the 5th Japanese congregation they have ministered in over their 32 years in Japan, in addition to speaking and singing in many others for special evangelistic outreaches.
Martha has served on mission committees such as a committee for first-term missionaries, the Ladies Retreat Committee and the committee overseeing the TEAM guest house which recruits retired couples who volunteer as host and hostess.
The family lives in Nerima Ward in western Tokyo. This is near the Christian Academy in Japan, a school primarily for missionary children where their children Debbie and Mathew graduated. For several years during the time their children attended, Don represented TEAM on the school board and served as chairman. Martha was on the PTA executive committee and served as president. Debbie graduated from Seattle Pacific University and is now married and lives and works in Tacoma, Washington. Matthew also attended Seattle Pacific and is now working in Tokyo.
99% of Japanese are not Christians. Although rich in materal goods they are spiritually empty and need the salvation offered in the gospel of Christ. English is one bridge. The ladies Martha ministers to in her home classes are middle class and educated and some have lived overseas. Several are widows and all value Martha’s friendship and are open to her Bible lessons. The children and adults in the English ministry at Asaka come for English but some come to Christ as they hear the gospel and make connections with Christians. Christmas parties are the bridge for contact with neighbors who have never before connected Christmas with Christ.
Primary Prayer Request:
For the salvation of the ladies in Martha's English and Bible classes in her home. For opportunities to get to know the neighbors in the 12 new houses in the neighborhood.