Don grew up in a Christian home and accepted Christ as Savior at a young age. Don was baptized at age 9 . Most of his formative years were spent in Hobart, Indiana, where he graduated from Hobart High School. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Hobart. Don graduated from Wheaton College (IL) with a BA in Anthropology. At Trinity Evangelical Divinity School he earned and M.Div. and a Th.M. in Missions and Evangelism. Don married Martha Lindsey in 1976.
Don committed his life to God when he was 12, asking God to direct him according to His will. The Lord guided Don to study anthropology at Wheaton College. Upon graduation in 1970, Don went to Japan as a short-term missionary for two years in the Operation Helping Hand program. “While in Japan, I believe God called me to return to Japan as a career missionary,” Don said. He returned to the US and studied missions and evangelism at Trinity.
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 Don joined nearly 200 Japanese Christians on the staff of Word of Life Press Ministries (WLPM) in Tokyo.
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.
Don (husband), Martha (wife), Children: Daughter Debbie and Son Matt
Don’s work at Word of Life Press Ministries: WLPM is Japan?s largest Christian publisher, retailer and distributor and was started by TEAM but is now independent. Don is on the executive board of directors and works in the International Division, helping to choose what English books to publish in Japanese and corresponding with English-speaking publishers, authors and customers. He teaches Evangelism Resource seminars to new missionaries and publishes several English catalogs of WLPM?s Japanese publications, putting that information on the English page of the WLPM web site. He creates English advertisements and news releases for English publications. He coordinates the international distribution of these Japanese and bilingual products around the world, including N. America where 500,00 Japanese live and study.
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.
Less than 1% of Japanese are Christians, making them one of the largest unreached people groups. 85% claim no heart religion while most follow customs related to Buddhism and Shinto. 5% however do claim a connection to Christianity. Many have been through historically Christian related private schools and kindergartens but the vast majority have never heard the gospel in a clearly understandable way. 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. We look for bridges to the heart to present Christ.
Primary Prayer Request:
For salvation of English students in Asaka ministry. For more connection with neighbors to build relationships. For preparation, production and distribution of effective evangelism tools by WLPM that bring many people to Christ.