Hello! I’m Gary Bauman, the creator of the Japan Ministry Tool Box (JMTB). We opened this online store in the summer of 2000 to distribute The Caroling Collection (a bilingual Japanese/English songbook).
After multiple requests from users for a recording to go along with this resource, two years later we released a bilingual CD of all 32 songs in the expanded 2001 edition of The Caroling Collection. (The recording is now also available on Amazon Japan, Amazon USA, iTunes Japan, and iTunes USA.)
During the same year, we published the first edition of my wife’s bilingual Japanese/English book, Discovering the Joy of Parenting (Mitsuketa! Kosodate no Yorokobi), which has gone through five printings.
Our mission one this site has been to provide access to effective tools for ministry to Japanese people with a focus on materials that are available in both Japanese and English. With the rapid global adoption of digital publishing, we are currently making plans for next steps in ministry.
I arrived in Japan in December, 1988 with my wife and one-year-old daughter. After serving churches in music ministry in the USA for 12 years following graduation from college, God brought us to Japan. During those initial years, I was involved in the development of the Japanese Continental Singers ministry and the publishing of the Exalt Him Japanese/English songbook.
During the ’90s, every November and December I sang in 10 to 20 a cappella concerts with the Dickens Christmas Carolers (which served as the inspiration for The Caroling Collection songbook mentioned above). I was a vocalist on three studio recordings during that time period: The Japanese Continentals (Song-Rise), One Voice (Gospel Music Express), and Dickens Christmas Carolers (Song-Rise).
In the late ’90s and early 2000s, I shared in giving worship seminars at a number of churches and Asian Access regional training network gatherings for Japanese pastors. I also wrote a series of articles on worship for Japan Harvest magazine, an English publication of the Japan Evangelical Missionary Association (JEMA).
My articles for Japan Harvest led to my appointment as managing editor of the magazine in 2005. For the next six years, I was primarily responsible for all article acquisitions and editing. The Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster of March 11, 2011, led to an expansion of the Japan Harvest team, and I now serve as executive editor of a growing staff of volunteers, while also serving as Communications Director of JEMA.
Barbara and I have been married since 1982. We have one daughter, who is an English teacher at Shukugawa Bible Church in western Japan, and one son, who lives near Fresno, California. We live in Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan.
I enjoy playing soprano, alto, and tenor saxes in the worship band about twice a month at Kurume Bible Fellowship in Higashi Kurume, Tokyo.
Web site design
JMTB.com is currently built on WordPress, using the Genesis framework by StudioPress and the Clip Cart child theme by Themedy.
Comments or questions are welcome.