RJC Art Network Members

Deborah Bear Barbour
I’ve been walking with Yeshua ha mashiach for over 35 years. Decision to follow the Lord was at Jewish Voice in Phoenix Arizona. Have gone through various discipleships in Maranatha Ministries, Hope Chapel, Kaneohe, and now Mountainview Community Church.
My dance company has been going on short term missions to Japan every year since 2006. We teach genki hula and minister as the Lord leads us wherever and in whatever capacity He opens up. So far we have spent most of our time in Tokyo, Iwaki City (Fukushima prefecture) Ueda, Sano, Kawaguchi and Karuizawa. Tsedhaqah International Dance Company

Kat McDowell
I first met Jesus when I was 15 in New Zealand at a Christian camp, since then there has been no turning back and no one more important in my life. I am currently being discipled at Expression 58 church in Glendale, CA. I write songs and share them in the Japanese mainstream music scene. Part of this involves touring throughout Japan. Website

Rijke Rombeek

Art, especially music, has always been part of my life and part of my expression of God. As such I often find myself connecting to people with more artistic interests as well. As a mobilizer, I would to see the arts, of whatever kind, be used well to connect with Japanese who are a very creative people.

–Miya Smith–

Japanese native. Christ follower, wife, mother, metalsmith, Jewelry designer, Japan Outreach Ministry leader (Saddleback Church).

I have been making precious metal jewelry by fabrication for over 20 years. Having lived and taken jewelry classes in different cities and from many different teachers, including Tokyo, Michigan, Hiroshima, and Orange County, CA, and having worked for professional goldsmith (in Michigan) and platinumsmith (in Hiroshima), I have broad and international knowledge in jewelry making & repairs.

As an active member of Saddleback Visual Arts (art ministry), I teach jewelry workshops in their art studio.
Also proficient in Tea Ceremony (Ura-senke), Ikebana (Ohara school), kitsuke (wearing kimono) and calligraphy.

As a lay leader for Japan Outreach Ministry at Saddleback, I help organize our monthly Japanese/English bilingual gathering “Japan Fellowship Night” with Pastor Rick Warren’s message with Japanese subtitles. Also coach, send, and lead mission teams from Saddleback to Tokyo/Japan.
Miya Smith Artist Instagram

Whitley, James, Prosper, Philippe

—by James Whitley

James & Philippe are an artistic duo from the DC Metro area. Their love for arts and faith has powered their almost two decade long creative and professional relationship. They are currently working as full-time missionaries with (CBMC) Christian Business Mens Connection where they leverage the “Arts” to be able to proclaim the Gospel in the marketplace. FB Introduction
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