But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witness in Jerusalem and all in Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8

Miss Harriet Johnson was an American Presbyterian Missionary to Japan from the 1950s to 1990s. I met her when I was a college student in 1970 in a small church in Suzuka, Japan. At that time, I believed in Buddhism and wanted to study Christianity. She gave me a Holy Bible and explained about Christianity briefly and invited me to Sunday worship service. I attended the service every Sunday and joined in the youth group activities. She acted and sounded like Jesus to me, and she influenced me a lot. 

When I learned more about Christianity, I started thinking that the God Christians believed in was the real God I was searching for. In 1972, I converted from Buddhism to Christianity. Miss Johnson later retired and came back to the US in 1998. She lives in the Presbyterian Missionary retirement community in Duarte, CA. 

Thank you, Father, for those in the Body of Christ who are out in the field carrying the good news of the Gospel, not only in this country but also around the world.

Akira “Terry” Terawaki

About the Contributor

Terry was born in 1951 in Japan and moved to the United States in 1989. He has been an ordained Elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church since 2001.