A sampling of stories from one generation of Mount Hermon campers.

“I want to live
my life for you.”

Rick Chuman
“I’ve really appreciated
all the people who have
invested in me.”

Rick Matsuda
Victory Fellowship

"Mount Hermon discovered
and affirmed our gifts.”

Tommy Dyo
Epic Movement

"Going to Mount Hermon
is like me revisiting
my spiritual pilgrimage.”

Wayne Ogimachi
Lighthouse Christian Church
"We just loved going to
Mount Hermon as a family!”

Lynne Ginoza
ZOE International
“There is kind of mutual
learning that happens

Calvin Yim
Christian Layman Church


“Can you believe we all met each other at Mount Hermon! Look where God’s brought so many of us now!”

Pastor Calvin Yim exclaimed this at an impromptu lunch after March 2013’s AALC Conference that included Rick Chuman, the Executive Director of JEMS, Tommy Dyo, the National Executive Director of Cru’s Epic Movement, all of whom have been frequent attenders of JEMS’ Mount Hermon Conference over the years.

Mount Hermon is the annual conference of JEMS, the Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society. JEMS, was founded in 1950 at Mount Hermon to help fledgling Japanese American churches rebuild and champion evangelism and missions post internment. It is the granddaddy of many Asian American ministries. JEMS has spawned or at least heavily impacted the formation of many of the first Asian American campus ministries: Agape Fellowship (1970), Asian American Christian Fellowship or AACF (1973), Cru’s Epic Movement, even InterVarsity’s Asian American Ministries. Former Mount Hermon campers went on to form the first English speaking Asian American Churches: Evergreen Baptist (Rosemead, CA) and Christian Layman (Oakland, CA).

These children of the children of the wrongfully interned have inherited that first generation’s legacy of faithfulness, and have applied that faithfulness to the rebuilding their churches and families, reaching out to other Asian Americans and the world.

These profiles are far from complete, but offer a small glimpse into a generation and what God has done. Their lives have been given to God long ago, and their stories are God’s. In many ways, they are our stories as well, a legacy for those who have benefited from their huge reach, the legacy of those who also are our brothers and sisters in Christ.


JEMS’ pioneer Dr. Masumi Toyotome’s reflections on JEMS’ contributions (1985)




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