Karner, Linda

Serving in Japan | Acct # 13901


Linda grew up in the Baltimore area and became a Christian in her third year of college.  Awakened to the needs of the world, she greatly desired to take the gospel overseas, but the twin fears of raising support and going as a single kept her in the States.  In 1985 she was asked to consider joining a church-planting team headed for Japan.  Through prayer God showed her that she would not be alone, and by His grace her support was raised, and she arrived in Japan in January 1989.


In Japan, English language classes are used very effectively to meet and mingle with Japanese people. Linda has taught classes at every level, provided teacher orientation, chosen the curriculum, and overseen the development of materials for the “Bible time” that is a feature of every class.  She also helped to start “Moms and Kids Club,” a popular outreach to mothers and tots; planned special events; and taught science in the new international school.


Linda requests prayer for consistency in her devotions and ongoing study of Japanese, and deepening friendships with Japanese women.  May God build His church in Japan to His glory!

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