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I spent 19 years in Thailand to work as a missionary among the Karen hill tribal people and came to the US to join GVBC as a Nichigo (Japanese) pastor in September 2011. I was born in Hokkaido, Japan, and my family moved more than 10 times in the first ten years of my life. I majored in Christian Education at St. Paul’s University in Tokyo and became a Bible teacher at Kanto Gakuin high school (a Baptist school in Yokohama).

After 5 years of teaching the Bible at Kanto Gakuin, God called me to become a missionary. When I was working as a missionary in Thailand, God gave me a privilege to join Baptist World Alliance Youth Department. I was traveling all over the world to preach and teach at international youth conferences and seminars as the president of BWA Youth Department.

Though I was enjoying my ministry among the Karen people in Thailand and BWA youth work, God gave me a desire to work as a local Japanese pastor about two years ago. To make a long story short, now I am here at GVBC as a Japanese pastor! If you want to listen how God guided me to come to GVBC, please come and attend our Nichigo worship at 10:45 every Sunday morning at GVBC! May God bless you.

Eiji Osato

Nichigo Pastor

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