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Last Edited: 26 November 2019


Stephen and Satomi Sakamoto

My Story

Stephen is a third generation Japanese-American. Most of his school years were spent growing up in Hawaii.

While in college a close friend asked Stephen, “If you died tonight, why should God let you into heaven?” He learned that God sent Jesus Christ to die for the forgiveness of sins and Jesus is the only way to heaven. He soon accepted Christ and as he grew in his faith, the call to be a missionary came almost immediately.

After college and during seminary, for a total of seven years, Stephen worked with local Japanese churches and a team of experienced missionaries. He learned hands-on training in rapid church planting ministries. Seminary education and active involvement in his home church further equipped him for pioneer church planting in Japan.

Stephen and Satomi desire to spend the rest of their lives in church planting in Japan.

Hometown: Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii

Education: B.S. Forestry, Oregon State Univ.; MA Biblical Studies, Multnomah Biblical Seminary, Portland, OR.


Satomi(wife), Jessi and Jenni(daughters)

Ministry Focus:

Start Japanese churches that start Japanese churches that start Japanese churches.

We will gather individuals and share the Gospel by relationship building through seven purpose-specific target group meetings, held at various times throughout each month. These seven purpose-specific outreach groups include: parenting classes for young mothers, Bible & baking classes for housewives, Conversational English for children and adults, marriage growth for husbands, marriage growth for wives, youth meetings, and beginner Bible Studies.

The People:

The Japanese are a hard-working and resilient nation.

Relationships are very important to them.

Primary Prayer Request:

The spirit of God, working through grace and our prayers to change hearts of Japanese to be convicted of their sins, repent, and turn to Christ.

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