Among the first Church of Christ missionaries returning to Japan were Emily Cunningham, and Owen and Shirley Still.
"Owen Still had been a missionary in pre-war Japan.
He got his family out of Tokyo on one of the last ships before Pearl Harbor, then spent much of World War II in Japanese internment camps in California and Arizona, serving as a volunteer chaplain to Japanese-Americans forced to spend the war behind barbed wire.
After the Japanese surrender, he was one of the first civilians allowed back into Tokyo since he spoke fluent Japanese.
The firebombing of the city had been so devastating that it was difficult to identify neighborhoods much less streets or buildings — which had been constructed mostly of wood with interior walls made of paper.
He had trouble even finding the Yotsuya Mission where he had preached for a decade — so complete was the destruction.
In the city of Osaka, Hiromu Sugano, a devout Christian and retired Army captain, had built a shack on the church property there so that the land was occupied until the missionaries returned.
If he had not done so, the property could have been lost.
In Tokyo, Owen Still was gratified to find that many of the native pastors, including Stephen Ijima, had survived the war — and their congregations were going strong ..."
Beliefnet.com continued the article:
"MacArthur saw that Rev. Still received a temporary military commission, allowing him to move freely ... He got the mission’s churches and Bible college back up and running — knowing that the permanence of the Gospel in Japan depended on native-born pastors."