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Last Edited: 24 June 2020


Katie Cole

My Story:

I grew up in California and first came to Japan as a TEAM short termer over 40 years ago as a 22-year old college grad who didn’t know anything at all about missions. It was a life-changing experience as I watched God work in my heart as well as the Japanese. My husband Tim grew up in Japan as an MK and we raised 5 kids here. My main role has been to support my husband’s work, and I’ve been involved with women, children, TEAM committees, camp work, relief work, and a multiple other things over the years.

After our HA in 2013, the plan was to work full-time in the Tohoku area of Japan, where the triple disasters (earthquake/tsunami/nuclear reactor meltdown) hit on March 11, 2011. However, following a bicycle accident my husband has had ongoing muscle/nerve issues which make it difficult for him to move and do physical work. Our temporary stay in Karuizawa until things settled down for him has become 7 years so far! God has provided many ministry possibilities right here where we thought we wouldn’t stay.

My main ministry joy is working with international high school students at an elite boarding school in our town. This past year we’ve had over 20 students from as many countries. I lead the Bible study each week, bake cookies, encourage these students who are far from home and family, and do whatever is needed to help them. They are like my kids and God has provided times for me to pray, counsel, cry, listen, and  of sing with each of them. What a taste of heaven!



Primary Prayer Request:

To shine for Jesus in this land of Japan with whomever the Lord brings across my path!