Yuko (Juji) Boyle
Yuko (Juji) Boyle is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church currently serving as a counselor at the Shin'ai (True Love) Home in Kobe, Japan.
At Shin'ai Home, Juji is a medical counselor for the elderly. The facility is part of a larger ministry founded by Toyohiko Kagawa, a noted Japanese Christian leader. Kagawa began his work among the discriminated-against Buraku people in 1909, and the home recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. The Shin'ai Home is located in the same location where Kagawa started, and many of its clients are from a Buraku background.
Having had to struggle with a rare autoimmune neuromuscular disorder, Isaac's Syndrome, for the last 20 years, Juji has developed a rapport with fellow patients along with considerable counseling skills. She is often asked by doctors to help them with patients needing psychological and spiritual help. At an international conference of neurologists held in Kyoto, she made a presentation from a patient's perspective--a rare occurrence at such events.
Juji says that she would have much preferred to get involved in hospital ministries without having to spend so much time in a hospital bed herself. "We can't know why a person such as myself has to come down with a debilitating disease such as I have. But I can certainly see how God has used my trial to bless others and to allow me the privilege to enter the lives of fellow patients in a way that is much more difficult for healthy people to do."
Juji's husband, the Rev. Timothy Boyle, also a Global Ministries missionary, teaches at Kwansei Gakuin University in Nishinomiya, Japan.
In their first assignment, the Boyles served in a small rural church in the town of Shintoku, in Mrs. Boyle's home Kyodan conference of Hokkaido. In 1986 they were assigned to the Kanto conference, where they served for 21 years prior to their current ministry in the Osaka-Kobe area.
Mrs. Boyle became a Christian while in high school in Japan and became an active layperson. She attended professional school and worked as a dental assistant, prior to her coming to the United States while Tim was in school and serving pastorates. She studied for a time at Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky.The Boyles are the parents of two adult daughters, Lisa Megumi, an acupuncturist in Minneapolis, and Jennifer Mari, who works in Tokyo at an English-speaking school.
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