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Military - Japan I Have Never Considered It By Daniel McKittrick Yokota Baptist Church sits just outside the main gate of Yokota Air Base, Tokyo, Japan. It provides a steady witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the service members, their families, and the local Japanese community. I became the missionary pastor in June 2014. The church building sits on the property of Mr. Shimizu, our gracious landowner. The church has rented from him for more than 30 years. That is a lot of rent money—and we do not own a thing! It is doubtful, but the potential is there that we could be asked to vacate should the need arise. One afternoon after a short meeting with Mr. Shimizu, I said to him, “If you ever consider selling the land, we would be interested in buying it.” He responded in Japanese and my wife, Haruna, interpreted, “I have never considered it.” I thought that was the end of it. Two weeks later Mr. Shimizu called Haruna and declared he was interested and willing to sell the land to the church. Owning land in Japan is a big deal. Owning land as a foreigner in Japan is a really big deal! Mr. Shimizu went on to tell us he was moving to central Tokyo and would let us use his house, directly beside the church, for free! I was shocked. From “never considered it” to “let me sell you the land and you can use the house for free” was a lot to take in. We are excited! Our folks are excited and we are doing everything we can to purchase this property. It is prime real estate. It is a 10-minute walk 24 BIMI WORLD Number 1, 2016