Burns Family in Japan

A missions partnership at Refuge Christian Fellowship

UPTE - Paul Ministry

The Burns are church planters in the city of Nagoya. Tim is the college minister at Nissin Christ Church, and Chie is a Biblical counselor working with “Life Hope Network”, a crisis pregnancy outreach in the city. Working with their team from Nissin Church, the Burns have recently begun work on a new church plant in their neighboring city of Nagakute, one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Please pray for a great harvest in years to come. Pray for Tim, Chie, their son Mitsuki and daughters Emi and Mei.

We are grateful to God that the team is growing. Naoki Yoshimura has been the pastor of a church in Tokyo for the last 10 years. He, his wife Kumiko, and their 2 daughters Aki (3) and Miyu (1) recently moved to Nagoya in order to join our church planting effort. Darlene Johnson, their other partner, has been working in Japan for the last 15 years. Her experience will be invaluable to their team. 


Motoyama is the crossroads of Nagoya. It’s located where the two largest train lines in the city meet, and on one of the busiest roads in the prefecture. There are three major colleges there. It is a fast growing hub of activity for Nagoya, home to many thousands. There are no protestant churches in this part of the city, which makes it an ideal place to start a new church. Please pray for us as we seek to build relationships here, as we begin our outreach work, and that God would continue to meet our financial needs. Thank God that He’s provided them with space in a beautiful building from which to begin this work! They still need a lot of help in this endeavor. They invite you to consider joining them in Japan for a few months or even a few years (seriously).