Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society


JEMS partnership with churches to expand ministries that span the globe. Since 1950, JEMS has been blessed of God to expand and include many faceted ministries that span the globe today. By the nature of its multi-faceted ministry and outreach into the world which is becoming increasingly multi and inter-racial, JEMS has expanded beyond just the Japanese and Japanese Americans. JEMS ministries now includes other Asian Americans. We are being enriched and empowered to be more effective for doing the work of evangelism, discipleship, teaching the Word, training, equipping, unifying the believers and churches. This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Contact information

Mailing address:
948 East Second St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012-4317

Website: www.jems.org

Phone: (213) 613-0022

Email: info@jems.org

Organization details

EIN: 956048354

CEO/President: Mr. Sam Tonomura

Chairman: Mr. Mark Okada

Board size: 9

Founder: A Group of Ministers

Year founded: 1951

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1998


Founded in 1951, the Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society ("JEMS") strives to help Japanese people and those of Asian descent be authentic disciples of Jesus Christ by creatively developing and providing ministry opportunities in partnership with churches.

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.

This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Mission statement

The Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society uses the following to communicate its mission:

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 is 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 Saviour; in His pre-existence, virgin birth, sinless life, vicarious death, burial, bodily resurrection and personal return.

In the Holy Spirit as a Person, in dwelling 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 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
Temporarily restricted$793,286$730,412$732,299$837,007$910,428
Permanently restricted$60,731$60,731$60,731$60,731$60,731
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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In May of 1950, JEMS - the Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society - was born at Mount Hermon as ministers met and prayed. After World War II, they had a dream to rebuild their churches, evangelize their communities, and send the gospel of Christ back to Japan through the sending of missionaries.

Sharing the gospel overseas has also expanded with the development of many programs and the inclusion of South America as another mission field.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, JEMS is a non-profit, para-church organization. It is supported by an interdenominational network of Japanese and Asian American churches and especially by individual supporters.

Program accomplishments


JEMS is supported by an interdenominational network of Japanese and Asian American churches and especially by individual supporters.

To become a JEMS prayer partner please contact:
Rev. Sam Tonomura by phone at (213) 613-0022, by e-mail at SamT@JEMS.org, or by post mail at 948 E. Second Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

For opportunities to volunteer, donate, or serve please contact:
Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society
948 East Second Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel. (213) 613-0022
Fax. (213) 613-0211
E-Mail: info@jems.org