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Making disciples among the unreached

Joel & Elaine Loewen

In: Japan
ID: 68097
Joel & Elaine


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Joel and Elaine Loewen have served in Japan with SEND International for 33 years. Fourteen of those years were spent planting a new church in Yokohama. Then, for seven years they discipled believers in an established church in Tokyo. The Loewens spent the past four years assisting a new church plant in one of the areas of northeast Japan that was devastated by the triple disaster (earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown) of March 11, 2011.

In this new church, Joel and Elaine's ministry included leading worship on Sunday mornings, preaching about once a month (Joel), discipling a Japanese woman (Elaine), assisting in special events, teaching some English classes, and giving people without transportation a ride to the church.
They also built relationships with people in the community, whether it was frequenting the local exercise club (Elaine), or playing tennis (Joel). Their town happened to have a “hot springs” bath, which Joel frequented as a place to initiate conversations with Japanese men.
The Loewens are thankful for the four years that they supported the church and learned to know people in this rural area of Japan. They have a sense of satisfaction in knowing they engaged many unreached people with the eternal message of the gospel.
As Joel and Elaine were praying and thinking about their ministry after home service (July 2018-February 2019), the mission invited them to return to the Tokyo area to be team leaders for many of the new missionaries presently coming to Japan. The members of the team they serve will be those who are in language study as well as those getting started in their projected ministries. Joel will also coordinate training for first-term missionaries in order for them to gain greater competency in ministry.
Elaine will continue in her role as Personnel and Member Care Coordinator for SEND missionaries in Japan.
In addition to these ministries, the Loewens desire to join with other missionaries and Japanese believers in a movement of the Spirit of God to empower leaders and advance God’s kingdom and the gospel of Jesus in the Tokyo area.  Pray for the Loewens and for SEND Japan as a mission, to know the pastors and churches with which to partner.


  • Joel and Elaine have one son, Bradley (1989), who is presently working in Tokyo.
  • Favorite Scripture: “I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” Acts 26:18
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