The Japan Fukuoka Mission extends from Hamada City on the main island of Japan (Honshu) down to the Okinawa Islands, Miyako Island and Ishigaki Island to the south. Christianity first entered Japan through Kyushu, making this a particularly meaningful place to spread the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Kyushu is the island southwest of the main island of Honshu. It is a beautiful island with green countryside, hot springs, and majestic volcanic formations. For centuries Kyushu was the most active international island in all of Japan. To this day it is considered to be the birthplace of Japanese civilization. Okinawa and the other islands are warm and colorful with beautiful beaches, exotic flowers and blue water.
Matching the beauty of the landscape are the hearts of the people living here. Living within the boundaries of our mission are over 15,000 Japanese Latter-day Saints and about 17,000,000 wonderful children of our Father in Heaven waiting for the Gospel to touch their lives.
Our overall missionary complement is usually around 140 missionaries including five senior couples. About one-third of our missionaries are from Japan. Among the greatest of God’s blessings to this part of Japan is the Japan Fukuoka Temple. The mission office and mission home are directly under the temple. We feel blessed to be so close to a temple and to have the influence of a House of the Lord on the work in this part of the vineyard.