Y. Franklin Ishida
Y. Franklin Ishida is director of the Asia Pacific desk with ELCA Global Mission. Married to a children's book author (and contributor for The Little Lutheran), he hears a lot about children's things. In the past, he has co-authored with her Christian education resources for children and youth. Now, he tries to get a photo of himself with children wherever he travels around the world. It's one way for which he finds the time to get away from church meetings and the like, to see the world where God meets humanity at its most basic level. For him, children are where faith and life find a special meaning, and it always brings smiles.
Franklin was born in Japan to a Japanese pastor father and American missionary mother. He grew up bouncing back and forth between Japan, Switzerland and the U.S. He and his spouse, Emily, are parents of David, Hans-Martin, and Louisa.