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Tim Martin

My Story

I was born in the Kansas City area and raised in Houston. I earned a BA in history at Rice University, and then the US Navy trained me to operate nuclear reactors as a submarine officer.

I felt God drawing my heart to world missions ever since I heard Robertson McQuilkin speak at a 1991 Campus Crusade Christmas Conference. I didn't realize that he himself was a TEAM missionary to Japan until after I had served for 8 years in the Navy, volunteered in a church in Japan, and finished a Th.M. at Dallas Theological Seminary. Life came full circle.


Jenny and I met in Japan when she was a missionary. We now have two kids: Hudson and Annalise.

Ministry Focus:

We recently returned to Japan after home assignment in America. We just moved to Nagoya to work at Christ Bible Institute ( and work with a local Nagoya-area church.

Before home assignment, I worked with Pastor Takeshi Koiwai in the Central Nagano Ministry Initiative. Ministry ranged from preaching in Japanese at Azumino Family Chapel and Abundant Life Church to outreach to the community: chaplain ministries to a local boys' reformatory, Bible studies at a local home for physically challenged, and leadership seminars for fellow pastors in ministries and local community leaders.

The People:

The Japanese are the second largest unreached people group in the world according Joshua Project statistics. Less than 0.5% of Japanese are active members in churches and very few of them can wield any influence for Christ in their social networks.

Although there is freedom of religion and the Bible is occasionally available in bookstores, the average Japanese person will not come to faith in Christ without further help. Unfortunately, the number of missionaries in Japan is declining before their work is finished.

Primary Prayer Request:

Pray for us to connect well with new neighbors in Nagoya.

Pray for me as I learn from Yoko san the technical details of many of CBI office procedures. Yoko san will soon be getting married and starting a new chapter in her life and ministry.

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