“If there were nothing else to record, history will surely serenade Ralph Cox for an unprecedented half century of missionary service in Japan! Cox was an innovator. He was one of the first to see the potential in short term missionaries. He maximized the potential, minimized the hazards of that approach, recruiting dozens of long-term missionaries from his short-term co-workers.”
- Robertson McQuilkin, President Emeritus, Columbia International University
and TEAM colleague of Ralph Cox, 1956 – 1968
“Ralph was an identity maker. His leadership was marked by his concern to be as close to the Word as possible. His leadership was also marked by his concern for each individual. Ralph influenced the church of Japan. It was a great privilege to know Ralph. I’m so thankful for the identity that he left in me, in TEAM and in the church of Japan.”
- Tom Sloan, Former Chairman, The Evangelical Alliance Mission, Japan Field Mission
“The ministry of Ralph and Stella is so helpful and challenging as it points the way as to what we are to do and what God will do! Stella used her Gospel cooking classes to reach out to ladies. Ralph trained individuals to pastor and plant churches, and to go to other countries as missionaries! Ralph and Stella are a great model of how to accomplish our mission-- don’t miss this one! What a privilege it has been for our church to support them.”
- Frank Barker, Senior Pastor Emeritus, Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Alabama
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Stella Cox and her husband, Ralph, have been missionaries to Japan for over fifty years. She is the mother of three children, all ‘made in Japan’. Together, they were a catalyst for influencing fifty individuals into entering full time overseas ministry and have planted over ninety churches. Stella’s delightful cooking class ministry, along with English classes, hospitality, and the use of media is a vital component to her and Ralph’s rapid foundation laying method of church planting. Their ministry reshaped mission work in Japan through utilizing short-term missionaries of all ages as part of their team. These individuals were discipled to become future missionaries, similar to Christ’s and the Apostle Paul’s evangelism teams in the New Testament. Stella’s cooking classes that aired on TV, led to the publication of three cookbooks and her life-story book printed in Japanese. Ralph also published in Japanese and English God Is, God Spoke, God Came, an apologetic approach to reaching those of non-Judeo Christian background. This is currently being used as a textbook both in Japan and the United States. Stella, the “Gospel Butterfly” now in her eighties, following her husband’s death, demonstrates Christ’s love to each person she visits and continues to share the light of Jesus to those in need.
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