Eileen was a short-term missionary with TEAM Japan in the summer of 1979 and for one year in 1981, where she met her future husband Jim. The Nielsen have been in Japan since 1990 and finished a church plant in Nagoya area. Eileen finished her Master’s Degree in counseling in 2003. After the tsunami hit Japan in 2011, the Nielsens began doing relief work and ran a volunteer base camp in Iwate for two and a half years. Presently, the Nielsens are planning to return to Iwate in August 2014 to start a Survivor Care Center and church plant. Since 2003, Eileen has had a counseling ministry as well as being TEAM Japan’s Member Care Facilitator.