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Introducing...

John & Eriko Houlette


Serving as
Director, Three Streams Ministries
and Educational Consultant



Bio: John & Eriko Houlette

 

Background

Eriko grew up in Miyagi, Japan and came to Christ in high school and John was born Upland, CA and saved while attending college in Tokyo. John was called into full-time Christian ministry while interpreting a message from English into Japanese as a short-term missionary in 1979.

John and Eriko were married in 1981, and have four adult children.

The Houlettes were appointed with Asian Access in July, 2013.

 

Ministry Experience

Prior to joining A2/SIM, the Houlettes served faithfully for thirty years in Japan with WorldVenture. They planted Nishitama Baptist Church in Tachikawa, Saikyo Hope Chapel in Toda and Denen Grace Chapel in Kawasaki where many became Christ followers. All three churches have national pastors. John and Eriko invested in field leadership and collaborated to develop strategy with the Japanese national church.

Since 2011, John has been the director of Three Stream Ministries (TSM) providing clergy care and disaster response chaplaincy training for the church in Japan. After Japan’s triple disaster, he spearheaded WorldVenture’s relief strategy and along with Eriko worked closely with Asian Access to provide Oasis Retreats for pastors.

Eriko has served on the board of directors of the Christian Academy in Japan and at Wheelchairs of Hope.

 

Education

John graduated from Hawaii Theological Seminary and Fuller Seminary. He is finishing a Doctor of Ministry degree at Bethel Seminary in Congregational and Family Care. Eriko is a graduate of the Sendai Baptist Seminary and Wellesley College. She is completing a master’s degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Human Development and Psychology.

 

Current and Future Ministry

The Houlettes are currently living in Cambridge, MA until June 2014, to complete their studies, assist in Japanese ministry and visit ministry partners.

Upon their return to Japan they will move to Sendai, a growing metropolis in the center of the earthquake relief zone, where they will partner with Pastor Suzuki and the Sendai Bible Baptist Church for leader development and clergy care.

Eriko also plans to work as an educational resource consultant in the areas of cross-cultural adjustment, language acquisition and local education.

 

Vision

My vision is to nurture a networking culture of pastor-to-pastor care so that clergy become whole, holy and missional.

 

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To access the Houlettes' website, please send John an email message requesting the password. (See contact info in right sidebar.)

 

 


Recent Articles from John

 

handleys at clarks church 500What a joy it has been for the Handley family visiting churches here in Japan every weekend. So far, we’ve made it to four different congregations and connecting with Japanese pastors and Asian Access missionaries. You may have heard that next year Asian Access celebrates 50 years of ministry. And, many of you will know that it all started here in Japan. For most of our history, Asian Access was a Japan only ministry and even today, Japan take a pivotal role in all of what we do. Visiting our partners and churches in the Kanto region brings such a rich repository of stories for which to celebrate. This past weekend, we were with... 

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Pals family felt called to Japan before tragic accident; why?

Photo Courtesy World VentureJapan (MNN) — “How soon will some few years pass away, and then when the day is ended, and this life’s lease expired, what have men of the world’s glory, but dreams and thoughts? O happy soul forevermore, who can rightly compare this life with that long-lasting life to come, and can balance the weighty glory of the one with the light golden vanity of the other.” – Samuel Rutherford ... There are few things that unite a body of believers like the loss of a loved one. For the evangelical community in Japan, that came with the recent tragic deaths of Kathyrine and Jamison Pals and their three children. The family of five was killed in a highway accident in Colorado, mere dollars and weeks away from their move to Japan. Why Japan? What was it that touched the hearts of the Pals family to start working in a missions field on the other side of the world?...

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damaged churchTwo months have passed since a series of devastating 6.4 to 7.3-magnitude earthquakes struck Kumamoto, Japan, with churches, pastors and volunteers facing the daunting task of trauma care for multitudes of displaced people. In a recent visit to the epicenter, Asian Access missionary John Houlette, along with Dr. Timothy Iwagami of Crash Japan and Shinji Ishizaka of the Salvation Army, met with Kyushu Christian Relief Center leaders Yoji Nakamura and Paul Yokota to assess the emotional care needs of survivors and care givers. They also provided pastoral care to two pastors. Kumamoto church leaders are resilient, but very tired. One pastor does not have permanent housing, so shuttles between living in a tent...

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Three Streams Ministries Pastors Tour"Who cares for me?" After a difficult day or season of ministry, those of us who serve congregations have probably asked that question more than once. Globally, who cares for pastors? Responsible answers to these questions are what can help leaders be faithful, fruitful and finish well. Ultimately, we must care for ourselves, respond to God's invitation of divine pastoral care and allow others to be burden bearers with us. Little did I know that God's spirit would speak through brokenness and invite me to be a very small part of the answer to these questions for myself and others.

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Why A2?

Why are we serving with Asian Access?

We made a mid-career mission agency change, joining A2 in our fifties. We did so because Asian Access champions our desire to finish well with a focus on equipping leaders and providing professional development and pastoral care for its staff.

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  • web www.houlettesinjapan.com 

To access this website, you will need the password. Send an email to John's address above to request the password. 

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Important Dates
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Nov 15
Erikospacer-transp Nov 13
Anniversaryspacer-transp May 30

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