THE MINISTERS RETURN
By 1946, Eiji Suehiro, Akira Kuroda, George Yahiro, and Tameichi Okimoto had returned from the relocation camps and had started to rebuild the church. Some of the ministers like Sadaichi Kuzuhara and his son, Chiaki, as well as Yasushi Hashimoto, remained in Chicago. They, along with Kanichi Niizato, never returned to the Holiness church. Henry Sakuma remained in Chicago until he was reassigned to the San Lorenzo Holiness Church in 1963. Eiji Suehiro’s brother, Waichi, joined the Holiness church in February, 1947. Yoshie Nakamoto also joined the following year.

The postwar years saw Issei laymen active in ministries. These laymen included Kameichi Wakatani in San Jose, Kumaji Yoshimoto at West Los Angeles in 1950, and Kameo Hasegawa, a dedicated layman at the Los Angeles Holiness Church. At the 1954 General Conference, these laymen were called Teiju Dendoshi, or residing evangelists. In November 1954, the Woodlawn Church in Chicago joined the Holiness Church of North America with Henry Sakuma as pastor. The Chicago Church had the second-largest worship attendance among Japanese-speaking congregations next to the Los Angeles Holiness Church at that time.

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