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Learning and Development Ministry Initiative (LDMI)


LDMI envisions a coordinated program of learning and development within Japan and the Asia Pacific Region, that supports missionaries, pastors, and others, both new and veteran, to become better workers for Christ.


LDMI provides learning and development opportunities to enhance lifelong learning so that missionaries, pastors, and others can better fulfill their God-given calling to accomplish TEAM Japan’s vision and purpose.

Our Team:

Leader: Steve Baughn
Assistant: Dan Rudd
Language Committee: Karen Nohara, Roberta Peabody, Steve Baughn
Japanese Church Liaison: Jim Nielsen

Language & Culture Acquisition:

Stephen Kaytlin Brock
Gordon Julie Hengeveld
Matt & Tori Jansson
Nick & Erin Petkoff
Chris & Tracy Pousseur
Caleb Beth Anne Trim

Areas of Focus:

A. New Missionary Focus 

  • Learning Community (Wakaba/new missionaries)
  • Intensive language instruction
  • Cultural familiarization
  • Japanese church integration
  • Japanese church relationships

B. Ministry Focus

  • Church planting training
  • Leadership training
  • Evangelism & discipleship training
  • Counseling & coaching training
  • Specialized training
  • Life-time language learning
  • Specialized language learning

Our desire is to serve missionaries in ways that equip and enable them to go out and complete the mission that God has called them to!