In Memory

Maureen Smith

03 Jun 1934 - 03 Dec 2021

In the Autumn 2007 edition of JCL News Maureen wrote:  

I was twenty-six when, in 1960 I stood watching the shoreline recede at the start of my first long sea journey to Japan. God first laid Japan and its people on my heart when I was studying commercial art in Dundee. The burden grew, so eventually, after two years at the WEC Bible College and some outreach experience with the Faith Mission, I set off for Japan as a JEB missionary.

My time in Japan was wonderful. I loved pioneer church planting with Japanese co-workers, mainly on Shikoku Island. Yes, there were tough periods, including battles with cancer and severe asthma, which brought me back and kept me here in the UK for nine years.  However, during my enforced stay in Britain I was able to have a very busy and fulfilling ministry amongJapanese in Surbiton and the surrounding area. 

While in the UK I was asked to take on responsibility for what is now JCL News and I found my design training being used to promote mission to the people I loved. Before long I was well enough to return to church work in Shikoku and I continued to produce the magazine from there. As this was the pre-digital age I did absolutely everything by hand, but being in Japan actually made the work easier as I was closer to most of the stories. 

Forty years after stepping on that first ship, I returned to make my base in the UK, and still continued with the magazine. More stories were now of God working among Japanese here and once again I found myself teaching the Bible message to many Japanese, this time in Wimbledon. Over the past year my health has limited what I can do, so I am delighted at how the Lord has provided others to follow on.

As I look back on my life and involvement with Japanese and on God’s amazing provision over the years, I know I wouldn’t want to change places with anyone.

Maureen Smith

If you are unable to attend Maureen's funeral service in person it will be possible to do so online.  The service will take place on Thursday 20th January at 2.20 p.m., UK time.  To attend the service online please visit and enter username luse5382 and then the password 806391. A copy of the Order of Service is available here.  The service will be available live and for up to 28 days from the date of the service.

Thank you for considering making a gift to the ongoing work of Japan Christian Link, in Maureen's memory.  Gifts can be made online by clicking the Donate button below.  If you would prefer to make a direct payment to JCL please contact us (01732 455453 or [email protected]) or you may want to send a cheque, payable to Japan Christian Link, to P.O. Box 68, Sevenoaks TN13 2ZY.  

Thank you very much.