Emily Smith has been appointed by One Mission Society and the Japan Holiness Church (JHC) as the Kanagawa District missionary. In this role, she will serve in the JHC churches in the Kanagawa district (15 in all), making friends with the Japanese people in the Shonan area of Kanagawa, with the prayer that many of them will, by the Lord’s grace, come to a relationship with Christ. Her roles will also include leading Bible classes and speaking at churches and events, among other activities. Since God’s call to ministry and Japan, Emily has been surrounded by Japanese people who have inspired her and confirmed God’s calling on her life. She is called first to a relationship with him, which has led to Japan. Emily’s passion is for the Japanese people and her heart (like God’s) is to know them. Her heart is also to encourage, to build up, to assist, to be available, and to follow God in all things.
On Emily’s first mission trip in June 2005, God called her to his ministry and people, specifically to the people of Japan. Emily graduated from Wesley College in May 2008 with a B.A. in missiology, and she earned an M.A. in Christian studies from Wesley Biblical Seminary in 2017. Between degrees, Emily served two years in the Kanagawa prefecture of Japan, working in a church-planted coffee shop called J Lodge. It was there that God was preparing her for long-term service in Japan.