PEOPLE

Name: Renee Williams
Passion: Emergency Aid
Country: Japan
Region: North Asia

Renee Williams is serving the Lord as an FMI missionary in Sapporo.

Personal
Renee served on staff at The Church On The Way for 16 years prior to being sent to the mission field in Japan. She then served for 10 years at the Hirosaki Zion Foursquare Church in Aomori Prefecture, situated on the very northern tip of the main island of Honshu.

When a Japanese national pastor was provided for the church in Hirosaki in 2013, she was reassigned to Sapporo, on the northernmost island of Hokkaido. While serving at a Foursquare church in Sapporo, she especially enjoyed working with youth and young adults, sharing with them that they were created for a purpose. Each year, over 30,000 people commit suicide in Japan. She wants to help change that statistic.

While serving in Sapporo, she continued doing Heart-Care recovery workshops with the victims of the March 2011 tsunami, traveling 15 hours by car and ferry each way.

Ministry
In 2018, she moved to work full time in the tsunami devastation area. In April 2018, she opened Cafe Suika (Watermelon Cafe) in the town of Taro, to continue the Heart-Care ministry and offer a gathering place for people displaced by the destructive tsunami. People of all ages come to the cafe for American-style sweets and coffee, and to see all the brightly colored watermelon decorations. Her desire is to share God’s love with all those who visit the Watermelon Cafe.

Birthday
September 16

Prayer Requests
1. For decades, Christians in Japan have remained at only 1% of the population. Please pray for a long-awaited revival to come to Japan, bringing many to Christ, and pray for more workers to be sent to this spiritually-needy country.

2. Mother Teresa said, “People in India are starving physically but the people of Japan are starving spiritually.” The problem is that those who are starving physically are aware of their need, but those who are starving spiritually are unaware of their neediness. Most Japanese don’t believe in God and don’t think they are sinners in need of a Savior.  They are in great need of your prayers.