Dave & Eileen Barkman

In: Japan
ID: 25141
Dave & Eileen

We went to Japan in 1985 with SEND International and served the first 26 years in the Tokyo/Yokohama area by starting churches and helping with administrative leadership. After the March 11, 2011, triple disaster in Japan (earthquake, tsunami, nuclear meltdown), God led us to move to the disaster area on the Pacific coast of Tohoku (northeast Japan) to help with post-disaster recovery and long-term evangelistic ministry in cooperation with an established local church. We also hosted volunteer teams that came to help.

From July 2020, we will be on a 7-month home service in Kansas. After we return to Japan in January 2021, we plan to continue doing evangelism and disciple-making among our neighbors and giving support and assistance to our SEND co-workers in the Tohoku area. 

We have 4 children (3 daughters and 1 son) and 11 grandchildren.


  • Ministry focus: Making disciples by engaging people with the gospel and gathering Christ-followers into communities of faith who are on a mission for the gospel with the gospel.
  • Arrived in: August 1985
  • Dave's: Col. 1:27-29; Eileen's: Gal. 2:20
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