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Last Edited: 27 March 2020


Katie Cole

Katie's Story:

I grew up in California and first came to Japan 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. I ended up marrying my MK husband and raising 5 MK children. My main role has been to support the work my husband has done, but I’ve been involved with women, children, TEAM committees, camp work, relief work, and a million other things over the years.

After our HA in 2013 the Lord was leading us to full-time ministry in the Tohoku area of Japan, where the triple disasters (earthquake/tsunami/nuclear reactor meltdown) hit on March 11, 2011. However my husband Tim has ongoing muscle/nerve issues in his pelvic area which has made it difficult for him to move and do physical work. We thought we’d stay in Karuizawa a couple months until things settled down for him. That couple months has been 7 years! God has opened up 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, sing with each of them. What a taste of heaven!

Primary Prayer Request:

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