In Memoriam: TAKAMI Toshihiro

In Memoriam

AKAMI Toshihiro

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Announcement of the Passing of the Rev. Dr. Toshihiro Takami, Honorary President
Glory be to God in the Highest!

It is with great sadness that we bring this announcement. The Rev. Dr. Toshihiro Takami, Honorary President of the Asian Rural Institute (Nasushiobara, Tochigi, Japan) passed away at the Maronie Nursing Care Facility at 10:18pm on Thursday, September 6th. He was 91 years old. His was a life sacrificed for the Lord and for the Asian Rural Institute.

The Rev. Dr. Toshihiro Takami was born in the Northeast Part of the Chinese People’s Republic, formerly known as Manchuria, and returned to Japan at the age of 10. He attended College at Doane University, Seminary at Yale Divinity School and Fuller Seminary. An ordained minister of the United Church of Christ in Japan (UCCJ), he served as the Director of the Southeast Asian Course of the Seminary for Rural Evangelism from 1962 until founding the Asian Rural Institute in 1973.

From 1973 – 1993, he was Chair of the Board and was the Director of the Asian Rural Institute Leaders Training Course from 1973 until 1989. He continued as the Honorary President from 1993. In 1996 he received the Ramon Magsaysay award for Peace and International Understanding. In 2012 he received the William Sloane Coffin Award for Peace and Justice – Yale Divinity School (New Haven, Connecticut).

The funeral was attended only by Rev. Dr. Takami’s family members. A farewell service at ARI is planned for December.

Rev. Masaoki Hoshino, Board Chair
The Asian Rural Institute

(Ms. Kathy Froede, Ecumenical Relations, 0287-36-3111,

Announcement of farewell service of the late Dr. Toshihiro Takami, Honorary President of Asian Rural Institute

The Rev. Dr. Toshihiro Takami, Honorary President of the Asian Rural Institute (Nasushiobara, Tochigi, Japan) passed away on Thursday, September 6th. His life was dedicated to the Lord and for the service of nurturing global rural leaders. Asian Rural Institute will have a farewell service as following: Date: December 13th, 2018 Thursday Time: 13:30 to 16:00 At Asian Rural Institute Koinonia dining hall.

Shuttle bus: 12:30 from JR Nasushiobara station (West exit) to ARI 16:30 from ARI to JR Nasushiobara station Please come in casual attire Please send your intentions of attending to Asian Rural Institute office 0287-36-3111,


Geschichte der DOAM

4. Juni 1884 Gründung des Allgemeinen Evangelisch-Protestantischen Missionsvereins AEPM

1929 Umbenennung in Ostasienmission

Der AEPM benannte sich 1929 offiziell in "Ostasienmission" oder OAM um. Der Titel hatte schon seit 1921 als Untertitel Verwendung gefunden. Das sollte aber nicht bedeuten, dass der Verein für alle Zeiten sich auf Mission in Ostasien beschränken wollte... Im Jahresbericht von 1911 schreibt Missionar Emil Schroeder zu Kirche und Mission: "Nur die Kirche ist stark, die Mission treibt. Nur dort ist sie wirksam als Macht, wo sie Mission treibt."

1945 Trennung des schweizerischen Zweiges und Gründung der Schweizerischen Ostasien-Mission (SOAM)

1952 Gründung der Deutschen Ostasienmission (DOAM)

1972 Gründung des Evang. Missionswerkes in Südwestdeutschland EMS

1973 Gründung des Berliner Missionswerks BMW

1992 Vereinigung von OAM (im Bereich der ehemaligen DDR) und DOAM (im Bereich der ehemaligen BRD) zur Deutschen Ostasienmission DOAM.

2002 Vereinbarung zu enger Zusammenarbeit von SOAM und DOAM

2007/2008 Satzungsänderung

2009 Neugründung der Stiftung "Christian East Asia Mission" in Kyoto, Japan