SINCE 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

And a new church is born...

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.   Nagayo used to be the largest unchurched (Protestant church) town in Nagasaki Prefecture. 🙌

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.

Since the Lord signaled a place for us to purchase and confirmed it in many different ways, resources and volunteers have been graciously provided. We are grateful for your love, prayers and partnership to see one more Protestant church established in the unreached Japan. 

Establishing a New Church Together

Thank you for your partnership in this Kingdom work until now!

As we plant this new work in Nagayo, we are grateful for your continuous prayers and support to see this new church mature and establish itself well in the community. As you know, this phase is a very vital one and we want to see every new believer strengthened and rooted in the faith as they also grow and flourish into what God called them to be. 



Are you a self motivated person that likes to meet new people, learn new language, culture and try new food? Do you love to share your faith in practical ways? Are you willing to help with any possible needs, from handyman to office work and outreach? Do you like walking in nature, mountain trails and beach? Then get in touch with us and let's talk about the possibilities of you coming to Nagasaki for a season!


Is your church interested in sending a group of people to serve in Nagasaki? We have been receiving teams from abroad and other parts of Japan. People from different ages, backgrounds and countries. Youth group, seniors or families are welcome! The only requirement is that you would come with a passion for Jesus, a servant heart, a desire to follow His lead and be sensitive to the needs of the local church and the people around you.


Are you a prayer warrior? Would you add us to your prayer list or intercession group? Some basic but important prayer requests are for our family, marriage and children. For our church family and the unity of the Body. For us all to be sensitive to His lead and bold to share the Gospel as we should. To walk with faith and courage to be what He called us to be and to do what He called us to do in Nagasaki. 


Various handyman needs such as drywall mudding, some painting, basic plumbing work, trim work, door installation, carpentry, painting, flooring work, etc.

- Ask!


As a new church plant, the basic needs are covered, such as A/C, sound system, chairs and basic appliances. If you would like to give, here are some of the items we are still waiting on:

*Last update: March 2024

• Computer for slides, video/audio recording, etc;  Arigatô!

• Microwave, rice maker, silverware, kitchen items;  Arigatô!

Washing machine / Dryer on third floor for hosting teams; Arigatô!

New front door;  Arigatô!

Furniture for second floor;  Arigatô!

• Furniture for third floor;  Arigatô!

• Carpet on third floor; Arigatô!

• Coffee equipment, waffle makers, hot plates, etc outreach activitiesArigatô!

NOTE: We don't have words to express our deep gratitude for your partnership and generosity until now! All the needs of the church have been met. Praise the Lord!!! Due to our full commitment and attention to raising funds for the church building project we ended up neglecting and sacrificing our personal finances. As you know, as missionaries we count on the generosity of our partners who are passionate about missions overseas. Therefore, if you would like to still contribute, please be aware that any donation made starting on 1/1/2024 will go toward our personal needs. Now we are entering a crucial phase as we fully concentrate on discipleship and the raising of the future leaders of this church. We see a new generation of Japanese and foreigners who love Jesus and love Nagasaki and whose passion is to make Jesus known among those who never heard the Good News of salvation to all those who believe. If this is your heart, join us!

For more details or questions, feel free to email us at or contact our mother churches in Japan and/or the USA.


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 "Tsukayama JEMS" in the memo, or include a note.

Address: 2248 186th Street. Lansing, IL 60438

OR by credit card:  (memo: "Tsukayama JEMS"). *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!

USA Representative: +1 (708) 259-0777  (CST)

Moriyama Church - Japan: +81 077-583-2262  (JST)

Us in Nagasaki: +81 080-3583-7979  (JST)

JEMS office: +1 (213) 613-0022  (PST)

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 missions in our DNA from the start. We want to 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

Come visit us!

Nagasaki, Nagayo, Nishisonogi-gun, Urerigo 456-23

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

If not, plan a visit to the "26 Martyrs Museum" right by Nagasaki train station.