Robin is from New Brunswick, Canada. He graduated from Kingswood University and has been a Global Partners missionary in Japan since 2008. Yoko is from Kanazawa, Japan, and is a graduate of Christ Bible Seminary in Nagoya, Japan. We met at our church in Nagoya, and were married on April 30, 2019.
Our current ministry focus is a new initiative called Drawbridge Creations, a web-based manga (comics) outreach with the three-fold purpose of reaching the unchurched, resourcing the Church, and empowering Christian artists, in order to bridge the gap between Church and culture; between Jesus and Japan.
When I finished Bible college, I was excited about the future, but had no idea what was next. Then I had the opportunity to go to Japan for a year to teach English at a place called Grace English School in Osaka. Though it wasn’t the kind of job I was looking for at the time, I really felt like God was challenging me to take it.
So, in the summer of 2002, I went on my first adventure to Japan. As planned, I returned to Canada a year later, but soon became homesick for Japan. God had given me such a love and burden for the Japanese people that I knew I had to return.
It took me a few years, but in December 2007, I returned to Japan as a long-term missionary, settling in the city of Nagoya. My first two-year term, my main focus was on learning Japanese, while slowly increasing my ministry involvement.
Starting in 2010, I focused on English ministry, doing weekly English classes, monthly English conversation cafes, and special events with my church, Nagoya Immanuel Church. In addition to our English ministry, I have also been involved in music, preaching and youth ministry, in Nagoya and elsewhere. I have also done some artistic ministries such as assisting a professional Christian manga artist as well as taking part in art exhibits.
In 2018, I began transitioning away from church-based English ministries towards web-based creative outreach endeavours, establishing Drawbridge Creations. 2018 also brought Yoko into my life, and in April 2019 we were married. I’m thankful to have Yoko with me as both my wife and ministry partner for this new chapter of life and ministry in Japan.