We have been using the land adjacent to the House of Hope for parking and other activities for about 2 years free of charge—in exchange for maintaining the property. Recently the owners told us they wanted to sell the land, and would give us first option.

Since there is no public transportation or on-street parking in our area, planting a church without any parking will be difficult. In June and July we are doing a crowdfunding campaign, and trusting God to provide for this need.


For 11 years,(since the 3/11 Earthquake and Tsunami) Ishinomaki House of Hope has been working in the coastal area of Ishinomaki in Northern Japan. At first, we worked to bring in emergency supplies, remove mud and debris, clean out and repair houses, and provide support and emotional care for the victims of the disaster.

As time went on, we held many Christian concerts, cooking and craft classes, coffee times, and Bible times. Our neighbors have met volunteers from many different countries and heard their faith stories. From the very beginning, our desire has always been to start a neighborhood church and share the lasting hope of the Gospel.

In October 2021, we started worship services, and in April 2022, we welcomed a pastor and became an official church plant. When the owners of the parking lot land informed us of their decision to sell as soon as possible, we were shocked and immediately began praying for God’s help and direction.  

This has come up very suddenly, and is a big step of faith for us, but we’re trusting God to provide the funds to purchase the land so we can continue using it. We invite you to prayerfully consider how you may help us.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Ishinomaki House of Hope Pastor: Haruya Itoh

Cooperating Missionaries: Dean Bengtson, Linda Bengtson

Target Amount: 8.9 million yen (approximately U.S.$65,000 )

Land area: 87 tsubo (287.60 square meters) 

Location of land for sale: 42-56 Kadonowaki Urayashiki, Ishinomaki City

Deadline: Extended until Wednesday, August 10th, 2022 24:00

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This is Crowd Funding to purchase the parking lot/multipurpose land for Ishinomaki House of Hope.
To donate online now, please enter the *amount, your name, and your e-mail address. You can donate anonymously if you wish. Click on the arrow to choose Japanese yen or US Dollars.
*The dollar amounts listed may seem unusual as they are calculated according to the Japanese yen. 


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Thank you!
We are so grateful for your generosity in helping us with this sudden and urgent need. It is our greatest desire that God be glorified through the work of Ishinomaki House of Hope.
God’s blessings!

Ishinomaki House of Hope
Pastor Haruya Itoh
Missionaries Dean and Linda Bengtson

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**Note: If you live in the United States and desire a tax deductible receipt, you can give via the Church of the Lutheran Brethren “Online Giving page”:
https://www.clba.org  Giving ⌵ Online Giving /International Missions / –Other: LBIM: / Amount / Note: “House of Hope land purchase”.
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Lutheran Brethren International Missions
Church of the Lutheran Brethren
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Fergus Falls, MN 56537 USA
Please note: “House of Hope land purchase”.