Retired Missionary to Japan and Indonesia Dies

Julia A. Walker, retired missionary to Japan and Irian Jaya (Indonesia), went to be with the Lord Saturday, December 16, 2006, in Deland, Florida. She was 79 years old. Walker served as a missionary with The Christian and Missionary Alliance from 1969 to 1981. 
     Julia was born into a Christian home in Wellsville, New York, and was dedicated to the Lord at birth. Her mother died when she was five, and she was then raised by an aunt and uncle. Even though the church was a significant part of her aunt and uncle’s lives, Julia didn’t surrender her life to Christ until she was in her 20s. She attended Nyack Missionary College in 1951 to prepare for ministry. 
     After graduation she worked for a short time in the finance department at C&MA headquarters in New York. She then worked at Scripture Press Publications for nine years and in the bookkeeping department at Wheaton Medical Clinic for five years. 
     She felt strongly that lay people should be serving in the routine tasks on the mission field so that trained personnel could be released to be involved in other ministries. With this in mind, she applied for missionary service with the C&MA and was appointed as a secretary-bookkeeper for the Japan field. After one term in Japan, she was reassigned to Irian Jaya in 1973 until 1981 to serve as bookkeeper at the school for missionary children in Sentani. 
     Arrangements for her memorial service are yet to be determined.


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