About Nozomi

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Nozomi works at Upland Christian Academy as a third grade teacher. This is a job she enjoys immensely, and it's a great fit. She is really ministering not only to her students, but also to their families. After returning from Japan, she was graciously provided a job as a Teacher Assistant before coming on staff as a second grade teacher.


Nozomi Johnston

Ministry Roles in Japan (2007-2011)

Nozomi focused her efforts on raising our children and getting to know the other moms in our new neighborhood. In our first year in Japan, she connected with many of the moms of Ellie's Japanese classmates. Because Ellie spent a year in Japanese kindergarten, it accelerated her acculturation. This also provided great opportunities for Nozomi to build friendships, too.

Once we got more settled and relationships deepened, she began planning parties, get-togethers, and other events. Due to the success of her ability in this area, she developed evangelistic stories to share the Gospel. When she has time, she would like to compile these ideas into a book that will help other missionaries creatively tell the Gospel, thus multiplying her personal ministry.

The last two years in Tokyo, God gave Nozomi an effective ministry of "Joy Groups" centered on teaching a biblical perspective of parenting and marriage, shared within the context of genuine community. Our family tried to reinforce this teaching by living out what this means in front of our friends' families. She has incorporated "Joy of Parenting" book by Asian Access' Barbara Bauman. This book is in Japanese and English and is a wonderful tool in teaching how the Bible applies to our everyday parenting issues.

Prior to Japan Ministry

Nozomi was a stay-at-home mommy, and used her gift of teaching and training kindergarten Sunday School teachers at Community Baptist Church. She enjoyed touching these young lives every week.

Kindergarten Teacher

Before Zack came along, Nozomi spent six years teaching kindergarten — 4 in Upland, California and 2 in Atlanta, Georgia.