Emba first went to Japan on two vision trips in September 2012 and December 2013, and subsequently moved to the Tohoku area of northern Japan in August 2015 on the Japanese Government’s Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme.

She now lives in Saitama (30 minutes north of Tokyo by train) and has taught English in local government schools for the last 6.5 years where it has been a privilege to see "life from the inside" in this very Japanese public institution.

Emba has a burden to come alongside Japanese facing mental health challenges in a nation that has the 6th highest suicide rate in the world. Opportunities have come up naturally through friendship with Japanese in the school context, as well as local church English outreach. She has been dreaming with the Lord for some years on how to be involved more deeply in providing hope and help. In February 2022 a new door opened for Emba to be involved in the mental health ministry of an American missionary, Dr. Andy Meeko, and his Japanese wife, Junko in their counselling centre in Tokyo called "Tokyo Community Care Center". This centre offers both online and in-person counselling, in Japanese and English, free of charge to anyone who needs help. For more details, please see their website.  Do please also share this information with Japanese friends in need.

For an insight into the current mental health landscape in Japan, particularly among the young people of Japan, please view the following short YouTube documentary in English and Japanese:

Japan's youth mental health crisis


Please pray with Emba for the provision of financial supporters since this deeper involvement in mental health ministry with the Tokyo Community Care Center is unpaid (so as to provide free access to those in need). Thank you for praying for a new job for Emba, the Lord has provided a part-time Assistant Language Teacher position at an elementary school in Tokyo for the 2022-2023 school year (commencing in April 2022).

Emba would be glad to hear from you. In particular, she would very much value your partnership in prayer.  You can also:  

Partner with Emba financially

Counselling photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash