Less than two per cent of Japan's population of 127 million people are Christian. In Nagasaki, Logos Hope had the privilege of encouraging pastors and their wives from the area to continue serving. For six years Pastor Kazuhiko Maruta has worked under the Japan Baptist Convention. It wasn't until age 65 that he felt called to be a pastor. When he was a young Christian, Logos visited Japan, more than 30 years ago, and Pastor Maruta served as a port volunteer.
In 1992, when Doulos berthed in Nagasaki, crewmembers visited the church he attended. At the pastor's event on Logos Hope, Pastor Maruta was surprised to recognise Captain Ed Verbeek (Netherlands), who served as Chief Mate on Logos, and Director Lloyd Nicholas (Australia), who was involved in port preparations in Korea during that time. "I was very impressed by Brother Nicholas' message about leadership," Pastor Maruta said about the teaching, which changed his thinking. "People around me, even my family, are watching me and wondering, am I trustworthy? I need to ask myself, 'Am I following the way of Jesus?'"