PhD Candidate in Intercultural Studies
Trusting that God would provide for him, his wife, and his
two young children, Yukikazu Obata moved his family from Japan to Pasadena
to follow the calling God had placed on his life.
Passionate about reaching his homeland for
Christ and understanding the history of missions in Japan,
Yukikazu came to Fuller to pursue a PhD in the School
of Intercultural Studies, focusing on
the history of missions in Japan
during the influential period of World War II.
Yukikazu is no stranger to the difficulties of doing
missions work in Japan. Prior to coming to Fuller he served as a
senior pastor for eight years, and in 2005 co-founded the Japan-Thailand
Missions Exchange, which helps strengthen relationships by swapping
missionaries between the two countries.
Even amidst all the challenges of spreading the gospel in Japan,
Yukikazu is confident that God has been at work in this country. He is hoping his studies at Fuller will help
reveal how the church has related to Japanese society in the past and also “how
the church will need to work with the Japanese society and its culture in the
With the help of a Fuller scholarship, Yukikazu has been
able to continue his studies without completely depleting his family’s savings
account. His scholarship also provided the sense that there is a community
partnering with him and his family for the sake of the Lord’s work in Japan. “Thank you
for this scholarship,” Yukikazu states, “Your generosity not only enables my
study but also encourages our family to continue to follow God’s will.”
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