Eida, Yuji (1939–2010)

By Eugenio Di Dionisio

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Eugenio Di Dionisio

Yuji Eida was a pastor, missionary, and Japanese educator who worked in Brazil and Paraguay.

Yuji was born on September 18, 1939, in Tokio, Japan. His basic education and business studies were completed in Fukuoka, Japan. He studied for two years at the Economic Sciences College, in Tokyo, later at the Theology College of Japan, graduating on March 15, 1965. In Brazil he studied for two years at the Theology College in São Paulo.1

From February 1967 to June 1969 he worked as a pastor for São Paulo Conference, Brazil. He then traveled to Paraguay in June 1969 and worked as a pastor until 1999. During this time he worked in favor of Japanese immigrants in Asunción, La Colmena, and Iguazú, where he endeavored to provide Christian education to children and youth of that community. In 1970 he organized a Japanese church in the capital of Uruguay,2 and he was ordained to the pastoral ministry in 1972.

On September 7, 1967, he married Tokimi Onoda, who was born in São Paulo, Brazil. In 1962 she finished her studies to become a primary school teacher at the “Brazil College.”

In 1973 Yuji Eida started the Japanese Adventist School, in the city of Asunción, this property was donated by a Japanese, member of the congregation, based in the United States. It had previously been used as a place of worship for the Japanese church and was a boarding school for young people from the Japanese colonies in the countryside.3

He favored and supported the origin and the development of Asuncion Adventist Academy and established a primary school in Spanish in 1975. In 1979 Shinsei Hokama and his wife moved to Paraguay to support the work of Eida with the immigrants from Japan and Korea.4 In 1980 they established first secondary school in Paraguay. Since 2009 the Paraguay Adventist University has also been operating on the same property.

In 1983, thanks to his influence, three businessmen based in Japan donated 311 acres (126 hectares), located in Colonia Yguazú (founded by Japanese immigrants), Alto Paraná Department, where activities are currently taking place, with the student boarding school system, the East Paraguay Adventist Academy (CADEP).5

Yuji Eida died on September 3, 2010, in Paraguay. He stood out for helping the development of the Japanese congregation. He was a strong promoter of Adventist education in Paraguay.

Sources

Di Dionisio, Eugenio. “Nace el colegio con internado” [The Boarding School Is Born]. Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], May 1987.

———. “Primera donación” [First Donation]. Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], April 1988.

Eida, Yuji, Amalia Kunert, and Luis Tenorio. “Birth of a Boarding School.” Mission, January-March 1994.

Hashimoto, Esther. “Paraguay Japanese School’s 20th Year Celebration.” Japanese Adventist Views 32, no. 2 (Spring 1991).

“Japanese Missionary Work in Paraguay.” News & Views, July-August 2009.

Lanzamiento del libro: De oriente a occidente con un mensaje de amor” [Release of the Book: From East to West With a Message of Love]. Accessed on October 22, 2018. http://cadep.edu.py/web/lanzamiento-del-libro-de-oriente-a-occidente-con-un-mensaje-de-amor/.

“South American.” ARH, September 9, 1976.

Utz Goltz, Mario H., and Nilda T. Potes Maschmann. La Iglesia Adventista en el Paraguay [Adventist Church in Paraguay]. Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 2013.

Notes

  1. Austral Union Conference Archive, personal service record, belonging to Yuji Eida, no date; Yuji Eida, Amalia Kunert, and Luis Tenorio, “Birth of a Boarding School,” Mission, January-March 1994, 9, 10. The website of the East Paraguay Adventist Academy reports the release of the book Yuji Eida, el hombre: De oriente a occidente con un mensaje de amor [Yuki Eida, the Man: From East to West With a Message of Love], written by Haydeé Toroel Invernizzi, on June 21, 2018. The book tells the story of Yuji Eida, pioneer of CADEP. See “Lanzamiento del libro: De oriente a occidente con un mensaje de amor” [Release of the Book: From East to West With a Message of Love], http://cadep.edu.py/web/lanzamiento-del-libro-de-oriente-a-occidente-con-un-mensaje-de-amor/, accessed on October 22, 2018. The mentioned book has not been accessed.

  2. Paraguay Mission, Minutes of the Paraguay Mission Board: 129/70, December 18, 1970, cited in Mario H. Utz Goltz y Nilda T. Potes Maschmann, La Iglesia Adventista en el Paraguay [Adventist Church in Paraguay] (Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 2013), 105, 106, 173.

  3. “South American,” ARH, September 9, 1976, 20; Esther Hashimoto, “Paraguay Japanese School’s 20th Year Celebration,” Japanese Adventist Views, Spring 1991, 1, 3, 4.

  4. Mario H. Utz Goltz and Nilda T. Potes Maschmann, La Iglesia Adventista en el Paraguay [Adventist Church in Paraguay] (Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 2013), 107.

  5. Eugenio Di Dionisio, “Nace el colegio con internado” [The Boarding School Is Born], Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], May 1987, 13; Eugenio Di Dionisio, “Primera donación” [First Donation], Revista Adventista [Adventist Review], April 1988, 15; “Japanese Missionary Work in Paraguay,” News & Views, July-August 2009, 14; Mario H. Utz Goltz and Nilda T. Potes Maschmann, La Iglesia Adventista en el Paraguay [Adventist Church in Paraguay] (Buenos Aires: South American Spanish Publishing House, 2013), 206, 207.

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Dionisio, Eugenio Di. "Eida, Yuji (1939–2010)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. April 28, 2021. Accessed January 19, 2022. https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=DGHW.

Dionisio, Eugenio Di. "Eida, Yuji (1939–2010)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. April 28, 2021. Date of access January 19, 2022, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=DGHW.

Dionisio, Eugenio Di (2021, April 28). Eida, Yuji (1939–2010). Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. Retrieved January 19, 2022, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=DGHW.