Ichikawa Uno was a resident of Hagi in Japan's Yamaguchi Prefecture. She was already in her 60s when she responded to the first Brethren in Christ evangelistic effort in August of 1953. Her commitment both to missionaries Peter and Mary Willms and to the beginning church was unswerving. She was a quiet person, but joined enthusiastically in the second campaign in Hagi in July 1954, announcing the street meetings from the van's loudspeaker and sometimes singing in her quavering voice. She was one of the first three converts baptized in October 1954. Her quality of faith and dedication was recognized by the missionaries and by the church, which chose her as one of the leaders of the new group of believers. She cared for the tiny church when the missionaries were absent for language study and illness. She and her aging husband gave up their home to serve as caretakers of a building rented for church meetings, then without complaint moved into a tiny apartment when the church purchased a property two years later. Childless, the Ichikawas were taken by their nephew in 1975 to a retirement home in Tokyo where they lived into their 90s.
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Book, Doyle C. "Ichikawa Uno." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1987. Web. 19 May 2019. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Ichikawa_Uno&oldid=88151.
Book, Doyle C. (1987). Ichikawa Uno. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 May 2019, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Ichikawa_Uno&oldid=88151.
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