My husband is a Japanese person. Hito Akehi. He was raised in Matsuyama. During the war, his mother Hama Akehi, was influenced by Mabel Francis, and became a Christian! Two of my husband.s brothers became ministers! Out of 11 children, several other siblings also became Christians! My husband does remember knowinbg Mabel and rejoicing in her Christian witnessing! I was so joyful to find your post! Please communicate with me at any time!
Sincerely, Sally and Hitoshiro Akehi
I knew Miss Francis when I was growing up in Hiroshima. My father was the mission chairman, and we lived at headquarters, so she would come and stay at our home. My favorite picture of her is me showing her I can read. I used to bring her my dolls and she would pray for them one by one, that they would grow up to be lovers of God and people, and sharers of the Gospel.
Miss Francis touched lives wherever she went, and she was deeply respected and loved by the Japanese, including Japanese pastors and church members, and by all of us who knew her. I am grateful to have been one who was touched by her life.
Sara McCaslin is an engineer, a computer scientist, and a freelance writer.
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