Japan AGMF Relief Efforts

Japan AGMF stands for Assemblies of God Missionary Fellowship and is made up of AGWM (Assemblies of God World Missions) missionaries serving in Japan. There are 31 missionaries and all have been accounted for during this time.

Give to JAPAN DISASTER RELIEF at the Assemblies of God website.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Helping Tohoku Pastors Get Crisis Intervention Skills Training

From Monday to Wednesday, April 18-20, AGMF missionaries participated in a PTSD Seminar (Post Traumatic Syndrome Disorder) held by the Japan Assemblies of God and Central Bible College for about 80 pastors and church leaders involved in the Tohoku relief efforts. AGWM relief funds were used to provide housing for the guest speakers, Rev. Nathan Davis, his wife Dr. Beth Davis, and Dr. Hiroshi Horikawa, as well as provide transportation and housing for four Tohoku area pastors and their families.

For those who could not attend in person, the course was also made available via live Internet streaming.

Nathan and Beth Davis are AGWM missionaries who travel to many nations conducting crisis intervention seminars with missionaries, national pastors, and even nationals.

Rev. Nathan Davis: The eldest son of US Assemblies of God missionaries Dr. and Mrs. Jim Davis, born and raised in Kobe, Japan. He served for 29 years in the Unite States Air Force as a psychologist. He leads practical training seminars on issues such as interpersonal relationships, crisis intervention, spiritual development, and stress management. In addition, he gives one on one counseling to over 50 missionaries a year. Nathan has a been recognized as a counselor by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation(ICISF).

Dr. Beth Davis: She has worked as a missionary for over 25 years in Vietnam, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Belgium. She now serves as director of Caring Connection, an arm of the U.S. Assemblies of God which provides emotional care to missionaries around the world. Like her husband, she is also recognized by and is a member of ICISF.

Dr. Hiroshi Horikawa: Pastor Horikawa, who will oversee the interpretation of this seminar, is certified as a clinical psychologist studying at Hiroshima University School of Engineering, graduating from Central Bible College of Japan, studying at Vanguard University Graduate School, receiving a master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and completing a doctorate (in clinical psychology) at Yasuda Lady’s University. He is currently the pastor of Mitaki Green Chapel (Hiroshima Christ Church) as well as contributing to the community as a chaplain and school counselor.

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