Don Thomson first joined Operation Blessing International in March, 2011 in the aftermath of the historic 9.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Northeast Japan triggering a devastating tsunami. Don, together with OB’s vice president of international operations David Darg, spearheaded Operation Blessing’s emergency relief efforts to survivors of the tsunami that devastated 300 miles of coastline and took over 18,000 lives. This effort led to projects to help devastated fishing families through provision of boats and equipment, and an eye clinic program that distributed over 4,800 pairs of glasses to tsunami survivors and evacuees of the Fukushima nuclear disaster triggered by the tsunami. OB Japan was incorporated as a Japanese non-profit organization in 2013 and continues ongoing trauma relief support to families along the Tohoku coast.
Don grew up in Japan, as the son of missionaries from the UK and Australia, and earned two master’s degrees from Regent University in Management and Cinema/Television, and also a bachelor’s from Oral Roberts University in Telecommunications. He has a working background in ministry in Japan, broadcast and media production, translation and interpretation for Japanese industry, and is fluent in both Japanese and English.
Don is married to Carol who also grew up in Japan in the home of missionary parents from New Zealand, and they have three grown children who also reside in Japan.