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Meet the Lovestrands

Joel Lovestrand (US) came to Japan on a short-term program with OMF back in 1992. Two years later in 1994, joined OMF as a full-time missionary to Japan. His wife, Seiko, was born in Japan and became a part of OMF in 2007. With their two children, Akari and Leo, they are currently located in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture. 

Some blessings and thanks over the past year:   Three ladies were baptized last year. One couple that was separated for years is taking steps toward reconciliation. Participation in our midweek prayer meeting has increased. They have a positive response to English classes and one class was taken over by another volunteer teacher when their short-term worker left. Seiko’s involvement in a puppet club at Leo’s former kindergarten has opened up opportunities to invite children and their parents to outreach activities.

Here is a rundown of what ministry work Joel’s been up to in Japan…

1992  English teacher at Airin Chapel in Sapporo.

1992-1993  English teacher at Urawa Evangelical Church, assistant leader of short-term program in Sapporo.

1994-1995  English Sunday school teacher and university student outreach in Sapporo.

1996  English teacher at Shuto Evangelical Church in Yokohama.

1996-1998  Church planting at Hiraoka Evangelical Church in Sapporo.

2007-2011  Church planting at Sendai Evangelical Church in Sendai.

2014 to the present  Church planting at Izumi Park Town Church in Sendai.

What do they like about Japan? “I like sushi, mochi, onsens, and karaoke, but what I like most about Japan is the Japanese people.”


Will you pray for Japan?

  • That God would deepen their love for the church members and give them wisdom to know how to meet their needs.
  • That church members would grow in their love for the Lord and for each other and would find joy in using their gifts to serve God and his church.
  • That God would raise up leaders and build strong Christian families in their church.


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