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PAZ Japan Mission is an interdenominational church-planting mission in Japan, founded by Tim Huber in April of 1988, when he moved from the Amazon Basin in Brazil to Noborito, Kawasaki City, Japan. Having its roots in the Apostolic Christian Church in the USA, PAZ Japan Mission is an extension of Project AmaZon, an inter-denominational church-planting mission in northern Brazil. ("PAZ" is a Portuguese word, meaning "Peace" | see Project Amazon website).

Tim Huber

Tim Huber, founder of PAZ Japan

Beginnings: As a single missionary, Tim began teaching English Bible studies around his "kotatsu" table in his 2-room apartment in Noborito. In September of 1989, the first worship meeting was held in his small apartment and was attended by 6 people. Worship meetings were later held in a small apartment of a high-rise building near the Nakanoshima train station. Several foreign missionaries from various countries came to teach English and Bible (including Tim's parents, Melvin and Katherine Huber). In April of 1996, the church of 25 members began meeting at our present location, three minutes from the Noborito train station in Kawaski City, 20 minutes by train from downtown Tokyo (see Noborito website).

Tim Huber

Original flyer for Tim Huber's English Bible studies

In November of 1997, Tim married Christine, a missionary in Brazil for 24 years, mother of four children, widow of Luke Huber, who was the founder of Project Amazon. (He was killed in an airplane crash in the Amazon in 1994.) All the children and their spouses, along with their 6 grandchildren are serving the Lord in various ministries in Brazil and in the USA.

Tim Huber

Wedding photo of Tim & Christine Huber

Church Growth

Dedicated Japanese Christian leaders are now overseeing many of the church ministries in (1) Noborito (see website), and others have begun new church plants or outreaches in (2) Funabashi (see website), (3) Shonan, and (4) Sagamihara (see website). A Brazilian church plant to reach Brazilians who work in Japanese factories, was begun in (5) Hon Atsugi (see blog).

A new Youth-Focused Church for Japanese youth was started near Machida train station. After this youth church in Machida, our goal is to start many more youth churches around Japan!

Luke and his Ultralight

An early meeting of the Norborito Ekklesia Christian Church

Foreign Missionary Outreach was begun in 1999, when our church in Noborito “adopted” an unreached people group in Indonesia. We support an Indonesian missionary family who minister to these people, and we give help to the poor children there so that they can go to school. Noborito church has also sent help to street children in the Philippines, and sends support to a missionary in Brazil. We hope to expand our missionary efforts as God enables.

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