Marlin Ray was called home to Heaven on October 9, while in India awaiting a lung transplant. Celebrations of his life were held at the meeting places of the Omika and Tomobe churches. Marlin and Jean worked with these congregations through their years in Japan.
Saturday, November 3, a group of 106 met together in Omika to celebrate the life of Marlin Ray. Then the next day, Sunday, November 4, a group of 134 met in Tomobe. Many had to stand outside the building for the service.
Marlin and Jean left for Chennai, India August 22 for a lung transplant. The local church was a great encouragement. Marlin and Jean attended worship with them the Sunday before his death.
Marlin became interested in Japan while in the military. After graduation from Pepperdine University and marriage to Jean, they moved to Japan. Initially, they worked with Ibaraki Christian University. About thirty-five years ago, they were approached by the Mito church to consider re-planting a church in Tomobe. Worship began in the city followed by the building of a small meeting place. Through the years, Marlin added on to the building and began English classes to help with support.
Marlin and Jean were also instrumental in promoting the Hitachi Christian Camp. Through the years the camp has been important in touching lives. Many have been baptized in the spring which runs through the camp. Marlin’s handiwork can be seen in the cabins and dining hall.
Marlin will be greatly missed.
Here is a testimony from one person who was impacted by the lives of Marlin and Jean.
Marlin was a faithful servant for over 40 years in Japan as a missionary. He and Jeanne mentored me during several summers while I was in college, allowing me to participate in a wonderful Hitachi Christian Camp. This year, my boys were invited to attend their spring camp at Hitachi Christian Camp with Marlin and Jeanne. Kids were deeply impacted by the experience, as I was. It was also a gift for me to be able to visit with him this summer for a few hours at the Tomobe church, the church he loved so much.