Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society

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Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society (JEMS) is a non-profit, para-church organization. Our various Christian ministries serve Japan, South America, and the United States. We are supported by an interdenominational network of Japanese and Asian-American churches and individual supporters.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society
PO Box 86047
Los Angeles, CA 90086

Website: jems.org

Phone: (213) 613-0022

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 956048354

CEO/President: Rev. Dr. Richard E. Chuman

Chairman: Mr. Mark Okada

Board size: 10

Founder: A Group of Ministers

Ruling year: 1952

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1998


JEMS is an organization committed to telling others about Jesus. We have a specific call to reach the Japanese, knowing that 99% of 128 million people in Japan do not know Jesus. We also seek to reach the Japanese who no longer live in Japan, but in other countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Peru and here in the US.

We are also committed to help Christ followers deepen in their relationship with God. We seek to do so by reaching the college campuses through AACF, through Christian adult and youth conference experiences like Mount Hermon, short-term mission trips to Japan and South America, and concerts/sporting events geared toward sharing Jesus.

Mission statement

The mission of the ministry is to enable Japanese and those of Asian descent to be authentic disciples of Jesus Christ by creatively developing and providing ministry opportunities in partnership with churches.

Statement of faith

We, the Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society, believe:

That the Bible is God's Word, written by men divinely and uniquely inspired by the Holy Spirit, and that it is the supreme and final authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

In one God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

In Jesus Christ, the world's only Savior; in His pre-existence, virgin birth, sinless life, vicarious death, burial, bodily resurrection and personal return.

In the Holy Spirit as a Person, indwelling and empowering the believer, convicting the unsaved, and presenting the claims of Christ.

That sinful man is lost and can be redeemed only by the death and shed blood of Christ upon the cross through the regeneration of the Holy Spirit. In the resurrection of the dead, the believer to life everlasting, and the unbeliever to eternal condemnation.

That the Church, the Body of Christ, is comprised of all who have accepted the redemption provided by Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$0$0$0
Short-term investments$648,117$627,876$151,770$340,428$1,086,915
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,607,456$1,526,566$1,607,373$1,730,980$1,796,479
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,002,330$1,041,796$1,083,818$1,126,430$1,161,950
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$1,002,330$1,041,796$1,083,818$1,126,430$1,161,950
Total assets$2,609,786$2,568,362$2,691,191$2,857,410$2,958,429
Payables and accrued expenses$28,201$37,522$18,026$23,710$16,101
Other current liabilities$36,232$38,552$35,605$39,256$29,675
Total current liabilities$64,433$76,074$53,631$62,966$45,776
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$197,226$233,980$268,672$302,150$335,509
Total liabilities$261,659$310,054$322,303$365,116$381,285
Net assets20122011201020092008
Without donor restrictions$1,494,110$1,467,165$1,575,858$1,594,556$1,605,985
With donor restrictions$854,017$791,143$793,030$897,738$971,159
Net assets$2,348,127$2,258,308$2,368,888$2,492,294$2,577,144
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$1,069,048$1,060,230$919,006$897,436$1,043,246
Program service revenue$978,500$1,119,668$876,447$966,699$960,703
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$17,838$10,640$21,744$52,717$24,611
Other revenue$77,501$60,995$61,574$57,202$72,890
Total other revenue$1,073,839$1,191,303$959,765$1,076,618$1,058,204
Total revenue$2,142,887$2,251,533$1,878,771$1,974,054$2,101,450
Program services$1,755,999$2,025,491$1,708,402$1,754,352$1,675,704
Management and general$180,671$205,677$179,178$186,170$167,231
Total expenses$2,053,068$2,362,113$2,002,177$2,058,904$1,948,899
Change in net assets20122011201020092008
Surplus (deficit)$89,819($110,580)($123,406)($84,850)$152,551
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$89,819($110,580)($123,406)($84,850)$152,551


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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 5/8/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


In May of 1950, the Japanese Evanglical Missionary Society (JEMS) was born at Mount Hermon as Japanese-American ministers met and prayed. After World War II, they had a dream to rebuild their churches, evangelize to their communities, and send the gospel of Christ back to Japan through the sending of missionaries.

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In Japan, less than 1% of the population knows Jesus. Although Japan is economically wealthy, it is spiritually poor. The nation struggles with high rates of isolation, loneliness, and mental illness. Japan needs to hear the good news of the Gospel. Will you join us on this mission?