創設者

English


グレープシティ株式会社 創設者・名誉会長
ポール・ヘラルド・ブローマン
(岩佐 勝)
1927年12月17日〜2012年11月24日


会長:ポール・ヘラルド・ブローマン

日本の東北を「ふるさと」とよんだアメリカ人伝道者

1927年 12月17日、アメリカ合衆国 ミネソタ州、ダルース市でクリフォード・ブローマンとエルサ・ブローマンとの間に、四人兄弟の長男として生まれました。成績が良くセントラル・ハイスクールの先生方より大学進学を奨められましたが、進学よりも「伝道による奉仕」という人生の道を踏み出すことを選択しました。日本人をこよなく愛し、東北を人生の地に選んだアメリカ人伝道者、それがポール・H・ブローマンです。


すべての根幹にある想い

1946年 18歳~ 第二次世界大戦直後に進駐軍の衛生兵として来日。その時に目の当たりにした日本の惨状に衝撃を受け、「日本人を救うために、神の言葉を伝えたい」と決意。兵役を終え22歳の時に再来日、東北や北海道から福音を伝え歩く旅がスタートしました。仲間たちとともに質素なテント生活を送りながら伝導する活動は、その後日本のみならず、アジアの国々からさらに遠い国々にまで至り、教会や学校の内外、街頭、駅前、大通り、路地などで地道に続けられました。



熱心な教育者

1966年 38歳~ 32歳で日本人女性と結婚。英会話の講師などで生活する中、教職の免許を取得するため大学に通いキリスト者の仲間たちとともに幼稚園、小学校を創設します。「日本人が海外でも活躍できるように」と英会話はもちろん、当時から中国市場に着目し、台湾から教師を招き入れ中国語の教育にも力を入れました。42歳で日本に帰化。妻の旧姓と出身地の岩手県の頭文字から苗字をとり「岩佐 勝」と改名します。
また、学校の会計処理を行うために当時高価で貴重だったパーソナルコンピューターを購入。香港にて買い集めた大量の専門書でプログラミングを独学で勉強し、ダニエル・ファンガー(現グレープシティ会長)らに教え託しました。ダニエルらは1台のパソコンを昼夜交代で使い、オリジナルの会計ソフトを完成させます。これがのちの「LeySerシリーズ」となるのです。


「自分たちで作り上げること」から生まれた事業

1980年 52歳~ 文化オリエント株式会社(現グレープシティ)を創設。私立学校法人向け経理ソフト「LeySerシリーズ」からはじまり、MS-DOS対応BASIC「開発ツール・ライブラリシリーズ」など、現在のグレープシティ主力事業である開発支援ツール部門の先駆けとなるソフトウェアが生まれます。
また、経営する学校向けの映像制作やデザインなども自分たちで手がけ、その制作部が独立したものが現在の「WINEstudios」へとつながります。長年に渡り蓄積した英語習得のノウハウは「GrapeSEED」として現在世界各地で導入されています。


愛にあふれる生涯

2012年 84歳 養子を含め22人の子どもと19人の孫に恵まれた人生、最期は宮城県丸森町の住み慣れた家で、たくさんの家族に囲まれながら見送られました。いつも活動的で心が篤く、家族にとっては勇敢な父親であったといいます。常に願うことはただ一つ「すべての人がキリストとその福音による神の愛を知るように。」この熱く揺るがない想いと多くの人への愛によって、ポール・H・ブローマンの周りには優しく温かい人々が集まりました。園長や社長、名誉会長といった立場になって以後も人から称賛されることを敬遠し、謙虚な姿勢を忘れることなく聖書の教えを貫いた生き方そのものが、現在のグレープシティを導いたと言えるかもしれません。


2012年12月9日 メモリアル会の様子



日本語

GrapeCity inc. Honorary Chairman
Paul Harold Broman
(Japanese Name: Masaru Iwasa)
Dec. 17, 1927-Nov. 24, 2012


Visionary Evangelist who called Tohoku Japan Home

Paul Harold Broman (Japanese name: Masaru Iwasa), a passionate evangelist, creative businessman, devoted educator, and dedicated family man, died peacefully in his sleep at 1:46AM, Saturday, Nov. 24th, with his wife Setsuko holding his hand at their home in Marumori, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. He was 84.

Paul was welcomed to eternal glory, after a beautiful Tohoku autumn day, surrounded by family and his beloved wife, with whom Paul parented 24 children, 14 of whom were adopted as infants.

Born in Duluth, Minnesota, USA, to Clifford Fredrick Broman -- son of Swedish immigrants -- and Elsa Eugenia Netherland Broman -- immigrant from Sweden, Paul was the oldest of four brothers. He was a brilliant student in high school, urged by his teachers to go to an Ivy League school, but he chose instead a life path of evangelism.


Go West, Young Man

While serving 2 ½ years in the occupation army in Japan, seeing first hand in Tokyo the devastation of WWII, he decided that he would soon return to Japan as an ambassador of the Good News of Jesus. So in August, 1950, at the age of 22, Paul came to Japan for the second time – this time with his brother Dave, through New Tribes Mission. Their brother, Phil, joined them 4 years later, and their father and mother, Clifford and Elsa, joined them all in 1963.

Since their arrival, Paul, his brothers, and colleagues have single-mindedly worked and lived together, as Marumori Ministries, to bring the message of salvation and hope of Jesus Christ to the millions of people in Asia and beyond. They preached not only in churches, but on the streets, in front of schools, in the alleys and wide roads, and in many homes and station fronts… using every possible means of delivery.


God's Word is Everything

With the common goal of spreading the Good News without relying on funding from others, the group founded the MeySen Academy schools in Sendai, Japan, and GrapeCity inc., a global IT company with branches in China, India, Korea, Vietnam, Myanmar, and other nations of Asia, as well as in the USA, Russia, and Brazil.

Always energetic, passionate, bold, and fearless, Paul was a doer, yet a caring, affectionate, and supportive person. He was loved and respected by many people – friends and strangers alike - who were touched by his warm-heartedness and generosity. All admired his deep desire for every person to know the love of God through Jesus and his Gospel. He was dedicated to the proposition that any person can be saved by grace and redemption through simple faith in Jesus. He lived fervently for the Word and by the Word. He gave his full measure of devotion to God and to man.


2nd Timothy 4:6-8

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
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Good News for All

Paul loved singing hymns while playing the accordion, reading the Bible and The Economist, taking walks with his family along the creeks of Marumori, teaching linguistics, encouraging Christians to follow Christ without fear, and, most of all, sharing with all the Good News of the gift of eternal life that saves from sin and death those who believe in Jesus, the Son of God.

Paul is survived by Setsuko, his faithful wife of more than 52 years; his devoted brothers, Dave, Phil and John; his beloved children Paul Yoshihisa, Grace Mari, Daniel Nobuo, Ruth Naomi, Nathan Tadamitsu, Matthew Norinobu, Anna Hisae, Martha Kiyoko, Joshua Shinji, Abigail Sumie, Victor Takeshi, Gideon Tsuyoshi, Lance Masanori, Hope Kie, Faith Tae, Abel Naoki, Judith Mika, John Makoto, Gabriel Yukio, Caleb Satoru, Esther Yoshimi, Elijah Tomio; his 19 treasured grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and close extended family members. Paul was deeply loved by his in-laws, the church that he labored with, and countless other friends who were blessed to know him. He is preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Elsa and two sons who died in infancy.

It is our sincere prayer that all who loved him and were loved by him will receive salvation in our Lord Jesus Christ and be reunited with Paul again in heaven.


Philippians 1:18-21

Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
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