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and he would pick her up after the service. She did not protest but was not very happy either. After a few weeks, his wife began to look on the internet for a church around Yokosuka. One night after he came home from work, she excitedly showed him the website of Yokosuka Baptist Church. She told him that it was a fundamental Baptist church (he had no idea what that was) and that she wanted to go there the next Sunday. They visited the church near the end of the summer of 2006. Kazuhiro told his wife that he would not talk to the people or listen to the preacher but that he would sit by her. He was shocked when Pastor Mark Sage called their names and recognized them as visitors. His wife had filled out a visitor’s card. He glared at his wife and complained to her and was certain that all the people around them knew. He was even more shocked when people started shaking his hand and welcoming them to the church. He asked his wife why they were shaking his hand when he was not a Christian. He even told his wife to tell the people not to shake his hand because he was not a Christian. She ignored him and he went home offended in ways he could not explain. He started to persecute his new wife with hurtful words—words that would go to the deepest part of her heart. He told her the Gospel was a myth. But his wife was not shaken in her faith so he got more rebellious. Pastor Sage offered his friendship and he was suspicious at first, but their friendship grew. God began to work on him through Bible reading and friendship. One Sunday morning, when Brother Bob Smith was filling in for Pastor Sage, he spoke on Acts 9:6 ....it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. This caught Kazuhiro’s attention. God was convicting him. He experienced “white- knuckle disease” but did not go forward to get saved. That night at home he pondered the question of Saul when he asked the Lord, What wilt thou have me to do? His wife knew what was happening and she asked him if he had something to say to her. He told her he believed in Jesus and did not want to kick against the pricks anymore. His wife prayed with him and the next Sunday, Brother Smith talked to him. On June 3, 2007, Kazuhiro fully surrendered his life and accepted the gift of salvation in Christ. He was never the same after that. He has taught the Japanese adult Sunday school class of Yokosuka Baptist Church for over three years. His walk has changed through the power of the Word of God. He and his wife have brought several Japanese people to the Lord. He is joyfully serving His Lord at Yokosuka Baptist Church. The presence of a military missionary and a military church has been one catalyst of many to bring the lost of the world to Christ. On any given Sunday approximately 80 Japanese nationals attend the BIMI military churches in Japan. Our Field truly is the WORLD! 37