MAY 21, 2023



“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”

MATTHEW 13:31,32

The Goal: $300,000

*Updated on Apr 25, 2023.  **This amount does not reflect the pledges until the deposits are confirmed. Everything has been super hectic around here. After getting the A/C estimates and the need for all new electrical wiring, we had to review our budget estimates. We'll update you on that as we get the final numbers from the contractors! Thank you for partnering with us!

of our goal!

UPDATE: 4/25

- Most new plumbing work. DONE!

- Most new gas lines. DONE!

- All new electrical work. 70% DONE!

- Carpentry work. In progress

- Paint: In progress

- Small room A/Cs:  4/28

- Third floor cabinets: 5/2

- Sound system: 5/4 ~

- Second floor kitchen cabinets: Delivered!


- First & Second floor large A/C;

- Flooring all three floors and stairs;

- PC, software, etc;

- Appliances;

- Church chairs and furniture;

- Light fixtures;

Nagayo is the largest unchurched town in Nagasaki Prefecture with 42,000 people and is the 4th largest unchurched* town of Japan (Operation Japan, 5th Edition). *Protestant church. 

500 years after the most brutal persecution against Christians that took place in this area, we are finally on the verge of seeing a new chapter in the history of Nagasaki Prefecture.

Would you pray and ask God how you could contribute towards this event that will write a new line in the history of Nagasaki? 

About Us

Fabio (Brazil) and Elizabeth (USA) met in Japan in 1999. Throughout the years they have served under various roles in Japan, USA and Brazil. They have been married since 2001 and have seven children. They currently serve in Japan as missionaries under JEMS (Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society) since 2018.

They also partner with a Japanese church, Moriyama Christ Gospel Church and since 2021 have been serving in Nagasaki with the mission of planting a protestant church in the town of Nagayo.  

*For more details about us go here.

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*If you would like to download the PDF version to print and share, click HERE

Browse below, the central area where the first church in Nagayo will be established after 500 years of sowing and prayers!


Q:  IF you are in the USA. ( CLICK HERE )

If you are in the USA, you can send a tax-deductible check to one of our partnering churches:


Make check payable to Living Word Church, and write JAPAN in the memo, or include a note.

Address: 2248 186th Street. Lansing, IL 60438

OR by credit card:  (memo: JAPAN). *If you choose to give via credit card, please also checkmark the option: "Cover processing fees". Thank you!

If you have any questions, let us know!

Phone: (708) 259-0777

Q:  IF you are in Japan. ( CLICK HERE )

Q: For International wire transfer. ( CLICK HERE )


Here are answers to some frequently asked questions. For more, click on the FAQ image above.

Q: Where are you at right now?

Q: How and where is the money going to come from?

Q: How much do you need?

Q: Can you really do all that for that price in a country like Japan?

Q: What happens if you get more than that amount?

Q: What happens if you sign the contract but are unable to buy it due to the lack of funds?

Q: I want to mobilize others to give. How can I do it?

The visit of the Tsukayama family to our church (Jun 2022) was a desire we've had for years. Seeing them grow and develop in their assignment fills us with joy, knowing that our work in the Lord is not in vain.
The spirit of boldness that God has placed in them to spearhead the establishment of a church in the white fields of Nagayo, Japan, is the heartbeat of God for lost souls.
God will hasten the provision of resources so that by faith our eyes will see the glory of God.

Edgardo & Ana Maceda - Senior pastor at Eternal Rock Church (USA). Former missionaries in Shiga, Japan under whose ministry Fabio was saved and trained for ministry.

”I have been praying for Nagayo, a town without a protestant church, since April of 2004. My prayer was: 1) Lord, please bless this city. 2) Please send someone to preach the gospel in this city. 3) Please

build a church in this city. Now, this prayer is about to come true. Hallelujah!”

Masami Ueda 

Pastor, Church Planter, Bible school teacher, Visionary of the 3-town-churchplant.

I have personally worked with many leaders over the years through training and coaching pastors and church planters. One of the things I have noticed is that there are very few leaders who are prepared to take risks and live with a vision for spreading the gospel in this day and age. And Tsukayama family, who are living that way and church-planting in Nagayo, are truly valuable to Japan. I sincerely pray that God will use them to the fullest, and that they will attract many supporters, beyond Nagayo, for the sake of Nagasaki Prefecture!

Ryuta Kimura - Pastor, Church Planter, Redeemer City to City Ministries' Church Planting Coach.

”With a Christian population of less than 1% in Japan, the planting of the first (protestant) church in that area will have a tremendous impact. As the mother church in Japan, we hope to work together with hope and focus on what the Lord is doing.”

Yuya Ueda Pastor, Bible school teacher, Chairman of Asian Outreach Japan

I met Fabio Tsukayama in 2019 at the McDonalds in Machida. I was impressed with his energy and his smile.
When we met again in early 2020, I was impressed with his faith and his family.
He is not afraid, to dream big for God! He has embraced starting a church in the suburb of Nagasaki, Nagayo,
where there are no churches. He went to Nagasaki without a strong base. He has trusted God every step of the way.
He is confident that God will provide everything he and his family need to fulfill God’s mission and purpose.
Please consider supporting his ministry.

Skip Tanaka - Musician with a heart to bless Japanese churches in the USA and Japan

"It has been a joy to witness God’s anointing and continued blessing on the Tsukayama family as they answer God’s call to bring the Gospel to the people of Nagayo. I look forward to seeing the community transformed as they plant this church."

Roy Toma - JEMS Japan Missions Director. 

Former missionary/church planter in Japan

We want to be a church with mission in our DNA from the start. We will create opportunities

for people to serve and connect with the community. This way, we will invest time and "Life on lives".

“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 
Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 
Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 
I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”

JOHN 4:34-38


Some people love to invest in planting new churches - Especially in areas where there has been no church previously. If you know people with that heart, would you share this project with them?

Do you know about the 26 Martyrs who were crucified in Nagasaki?