Jim Nielsen grew up in Japan, the son of TEAM missionaries. He graduated from Bethel College with a degree in Fine Art. The Lord led him back to Japan in 1981 as a short-term missionary where he met his future wife, Eileen. The Nielsens have been in Japan since 1990 and finished a church plant in Nagoya area. Jim finished his Master’s Degree in counseling in 2007. After the tsunami hit Japan in 2011, the Nielsens began doing relief work and ran a volunteer base camp in Iwate for two and a half years. Presently, the Nielsens are planning to return to Iwate in August 2014 to start a Survivor Care Center and church plant. Jim has served for more than 10 years on TEAM Japan’s Ministry Area Leadership Team as well as working with the Japan Evangelical Church Association.