Doug and Miriam Bishop

Japan

Bio

PRESENT MINISTRY
Approved for short-term ministry to Bihoro, Japan, in April 2012, Doug and Miriam completed their two-year internship in November 2015. They were approved as career missionaries in the December 2015 board meeting. They are currently stateside seeking both prayer and financial partnerships.
Durign their internship, Doug shared the preaching responsibilities at the Bihoro and Abashiri churches. He co-taught the adult English class at the Bihoro church. Miriam taught preschool English classes and interacted with the moms of the children. They also led a discipleship-focused Bible study in their home.
CONVERSION
Doug was born in Ebetsu, Japan. He came to faith as a young child through the work of his parents, Dale and Sandra Bishop. He began to feel God calling him to missions while in college.
Miriam was born in Ayden, North Carolina, and lived in Greenville, North Carolina. She came to faith in the fifth grade after a special church service. At the age of 12, she felt God calling her to be a minister’s wife. In high school, she developed an interest in Japan as well as missions.
CHILDREN
They have three children: Oliver, born October 24; Scarlet, born June 16; and Hazel, born January 12.
HOME CHURCH
Doug: Koinonia FWB Church, Nopporo, Japan
Miriam: Unity FWB Church, Greenville, NC

Prayer Requests

  • Pray for the Japanese church and Christians that God will empower them to reach friends, family and strangers with the Gospel.
  • Pray that God will fill us with His Holy Spirit as we work to spread the Gospel in Japan.
  • Ask the Lord to open doors for us to minister to the “least of these”: those in prison and orphans.
  • Praise God for our financial and prayer partners.
  • Pray for good rapport and teamwork as our family works with Pastor Ishii, the Bihoro and Abashiri churches, and other missionary families.
  • Pray for us as our two-year internship comes to a close.
  • Pray for our return flight to the U.S. on November 19th.
  • Pray for the Adult English class/Bible study that meets on Tuesday nights.
  • Pray for the two kids’ English classes that Miriam teaches. Each week these moms and kids are hearing the Bible taught, and are memorizing His word. Pray for fruit to come from these classes.
  • Pray for Uechi San, a 70 year old church member who has a lot of health problems. She wants to be able to play the piano during worship again.
  • Pray for Tomo and Haruka. Tomo’s family turned against him for becoming a Christian.
  • Pray for Ruri chan, a little girl who comes to Sunday School.
  • Pray for our kids during these times of transition, and for them to continue to learn Japanese.
  • Pray for God’s will to be done as we apply for career missionary service.

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