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David and Susan Hudson

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Mission co-workers in Japan since 2021
Serving at the invitation of the United Church of Christ in Japan (UCCJ)

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About David and Sue’s ministry:

David and Sue Hudson are invited by the United Church of Christ in Japan (UCCJ) to serve as Liaisons for Japan Mission in mission partnership with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). . For many years, this Japanese religious corporation with headquarters in Kobe has provided the legal, organizational and logistical bases for the mission work that the PC(USA) does together with partners in Japan.  Since 1859, the PC(USA) and its partners have been at the forefront of evangelism in Japan and instrumental in the founding of many local churches, Christian schools, universities and other institutions. Over the years, these institutions have become self-supporting, but Japan Mission continues to maintain close relations with them.

Established by Japan Mission in a disadvantaged area of Osaka in 1955 with seed money provided by Presbyterian Women in the U.S., Yodogawa Christian Hospital remains under the direction of Japan Mission. Over the years, it has grown to become one of the larger hospitals in the region and a pioneer in providing healing of the whole person in the name of Jesus Christ. In addition, it has the largest chaplaincy program of any hospital in Japan and is a pioneer in the hospice movement and medical innovation.

Japan Mission has recently entered into a partnership with the Presbyterian Church of Myanmar. They have committed to partner with Agape Hospital in Kalaymyo, Myanmar, and are considering other projects to engage in together.

Country context:

Japan boasts the third-largest economy in the world and is a major trading nation known for its high-quality products. Due to its rich cultural heritage and natural beauty, it is increasingly becoming a destination for tourism. Despite long life expectancies, low birth rates and minimal immigration have resulted in a population decrease in recent years.

The majority of Japanese observe Shinto and/or Buddhist traditions, and increasingly, many claim no religion at all. While the Christian faith has had a presence in Japan from ancient times, cultural and political barriers have resulted in slow growth of the Christian community. Nevertheless, the church in Japan is mature. Through its congregations and educational, welfare and medical institutions, it continues to witness to the love of Jesus Christ and make vital contributions to Japanese society.

About David and Sue Hudson:

David was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. Sue grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They met at Wake Forest University and most of their ministries, while in the United States, have been in North Carolina, which feels like home to their family.

The scripture verses that guide their lives are John 4:19 and Matthew 5:9, “We love, because God first loved us” and “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

David and Sue proclaim, “Only as recipients of love can we truly be instruments of God’s love in the world. It has been a joy for both of us during the years of our ministry to allow God’s love to flow through us to others. Living with and learning from people in other cultures always reveals a wider and deeper understanding of God’s love for all people.”

Both David and Sue are Ministers of Word and Sacrament and members of the Presbytery of Coastal Carolina.

Birthdays:

David: January 4
Sue: March 29