Bauman, Gary & Barbara

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Gary & Barbara Bauman


Gary & Barbara Bauman

Jessica and Josiah


Serving in Japan
as Resource Specialists

Bio: Gary and Barbara Bauman


Background Info:

Barbara first went to Japan as a short-term single missionary in the summer of 1981. Gary and Barbara went together as a married couple for short-term outreach during the summer of 1985. They arrived in Japan as career missionaries in December, 1988 with one-year-old Jessica. Josiah was born in Japan in 1990.


Ministry Assignment:

Gary serves as Editor of Japan Harvest, the journal of the Japan Evangelical Missionary Association. Among just a few of their other activities, Gary and Barbara serve together in marriage ministry, while Gary develops print and digital ministry resources, and Barbara leads and trains mothers to lead parenting classes.


When you're in Japan, be sure to...

Experience a public bath.


Funniest story of life in Japan...

Shortly after returning to Japan from our first "home assignment" in the U.S., we were visiting with some Japanese friends. Gary was sharing the basics of the gospel, and as he was explaining how God had come to earth in the Person of Jesus Christ, his tongue got tangled. Rather than saying "ningen" (person), to his dismay he heard himself saying "ninjin" (carrot)!


What we've learned here...

While short-term ministry is amazing effective in the right context, we also found there is no substitute for longevity. As we continue into our third decade of ministry in Asia, we're more excited than ever about what God is going to do in the years ahead!


How is God blessing your life and ministry?

Whether it is seeing retired neighbors come to Christ and baptizing them in a local river, seeing a young mother choose not to abort twin girls and eventually become a follower of Christ, seeing couples begin to hope again amidst seemingly hopeless marriages, or seeing biblical resources we've developed translated into Korean and Mongilian (we've seen all of the preceding events take place during our time in Japan), we are awed at how God can take the willingness of two very flawed human beings and use us in our weakness to touch lives and expand His kingdom.


In Japan, we enjoy...

Dear Japanese friends, an efficient and effective public transit system, a missionary community that is committed to working together for the advancement of the gospel, the commitment of evangelical Japanese Christians despite being a minority of less than 1/2 of 1 percent... the list goes on and on.


Recent Articles from Gary & Barbara

When I first went to our Japanese neighbor's house and met Helen, it was clear to see from the sparkle in Katsu's eyes that she was Daddy’s girl. And the tenderness with which he talked about her disabilities was surprising to hear from a Japanese man. She’d already spent the first fifteen years of her life with only one good eye, and virtually no hearing, but it didn’t seem to have affected her independent spirit. Then again, independence is second nature to... a cat.With Katsu's affection for Helen, it wasn’t too much of a surprise that when we started the book of Genesis in our Sunday evening Bible study, he was very interested in the creation of animals… and man… and the difference between them.“What does it mean that God breathed life into man?”
“So do animals have souls?”...

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Exactly 20 Years Ago

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of first arriving in Japan 

At this very moment on September 6, 1987 I was walking out of customs at Narita Airport in Tokyo to explore Japan for the first time. I had just finished college at the University of North Carolina, where I became a Christian. At the end of my senior year, I signed up for a 1-year stint as an English teaching missionary with Asian Access (formerly LIFE MInistries) in Tokyo. My life would never be the same.

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Why A2?

Why are we serving with Asian Access?

Because vision, innovation, and partnership in evangelism and leadership training have always been core values for Asian Access. When we joined the Asian Access team, we knew we would be joining with visionary missionaries and nationals who were committed to exploring every possible avenue to see multiplied lives transformed by the power of the gospel.

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Important Dates
Garyspacer-transp Apr 11
Barbaraspacer-transp Apr 24
Dec 09
Josiahspacer-transp Apr 24
Anniversaryspacer-transp Aug 29