Missionary Debbie Griffin Resigns to Care for Mother


The International Missions Board has accepted the resignation of Debbie Griffin, missionary to Japan, with commendation for 26 years of faithful service. Griffin submitted her letter of resignation on May 3, 2011.

“I went to Japan in obedience to God’s call on my life,” Debbie wrote, “and now I believe that it is His plan for me to return home to fulfill another of His commands, to honor my mother.”

Debbie returned to her home in Georgia toward the end of January at the request of family members. Using personal vacation time, she spent February caring for her mother. The board granted a leave of absence for March and April to allow her to seek God’s guidance for her future. She believes God is leading her to continue caring for her mother during Mrs. Griffin’s illness.

“It has been a joy to work alongside the wonderful missionaries of the Japan team. They are hard working people who love the Lord and are dedicated to seeing His church built in Japan,” Debbie affirmed. “May God richly bless FWB International Missions.”

“Debbie was a tremendous asset to the Japan missionary team,” stated Dale Bishop, regional director for Asia. “We will miss her, but know she is following God’s leading. We will continue to pray for her and know God will use her to build His Kingdom regardless of where she is located.”

Debbie Griffin was appointed to missionary service in April 1985.