Nicola is originally from England and is the wife of Luis Ramirez, a Peruvian church planter in Tokyo, Japan.
The Lord saved me when I was studying at university. There I had made Christian friends for the first time, and they took me to church, where I heard the gospel. I had considered myself a Christian beforehand, as I occasionally read my Bible, but when I heard about my sinful condition and how I stood before God, I finally understood my need to repent and ask His forgiveness.
I spent a couple of years serving at my church, but my knowledge of God was paper thin. I knew that I needed to get to know God through His Word and rehash my worldview, so that it was based on the Bible. The idea of meeting and spending time with Christians who are a tiny minority in their culture had always held a fascination for me; so upon finishing my degree and before continuing on in to my Masters’ in International Affairs, I decided to spend three months in Japan studying the Bible at a mission school.
It was during this difficult but fruitful time that I came to a twofold conclusion: (1) that I needed to seek a life of holiness for the Lord in obeying His commandments; and (2) that I had to this point set up my life on my own plans, seeking to influence the world through international diplomacy without ever considering what God’s will was. After many tears and many prayers of repentance, I began to understand more fully the power of the gospel message and God’s will for His children to preach and teach it. God had brought me to a country where so few know that there is only one God and many have never even heard the name of Jesus. Here, together with my new husband, who had come to Japan as a missionary, I could be God’s ambassador, sharing a message of salvation that brings eternal life and reconciliation through God’s Son.