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Paul Rusch in Postwar JapanEvangelism, Rural Development, and the Battle against Communism$
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Andrew T. McDonald and Verlaine Stoner McDonald

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780813176079

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813176079.001.0001

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The Legacy of Paul Rusch

The Legacy of Paul Rusch

(p.200) 9 The Legacy of Paul Rusch
Paul Rusch in Postwar Japan

Andrew T. McDonald

Verlaine Stoner McDonald

University Press of Kentucky

The final chapter begins with the reading of Paul Rusch’s last will and testament at Kiyosato Educational Experiment Project (KEEP). His will suggested that Rusch was not the man many thought he was; while some believed he lived the high life, he died with little monetary worth and virtually no possessions. He was a man of contradictions, as he often implored people to do as he said but not as he did in life. Rusch achieved a great deal through KEEP, especially when it came to bringing food, faith, health, and hope to the people of highland Japan after World War II. But this chapter highlights the mixture of failures and successes of his vision when it comes to those four elements of the organization’s mission. Nonetheless, the legend of Rusch’s personality inspires people of the next generation to embark on new ventures in environmental sustainability, peacemaking, and international friendship and outreach.

Keywords:   Kiyosato Educational Experiment Project (KEEP), Paul Rusch, environmental sustainability, peace, cultural exchange, mission of KEEP

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