Richard and Masue (Sue) Uejo met and married at Nuuanu Baptist Church in Honolulu, Hawaii. Having served in the U.S. Army during World War II, Richard attended Hannibal LaGrange (Baptist) College in Missouri under the GI Bill. The couple then moved so that Richard could attend Mississippi College School of Divinity and, eventually, Golden Gate Seminary (now Gateway Seminary). All the while, the Uejos helped with church and mission building. Even though they struggled through bouts of poverty, they relied on the grace of God and the kindness of his people.
Over the years, Richard and Sue would serve in various churches on the islands of Kauai and Hawaii. Together, they were committed to missions and Bible studies island-wide, starting a preschool, language school and elderly daycare center in collaboration with other community leaders. Richard also chaired Billy Graham crusades in Hawaii in the 1960s and served as a voluntary auxiliary Protestant chaplain for the military stationed nearby — all on top of pastoring and leading churches!
Living a humble life always, the Uejos raised three children across 72 years of marriage and church work. When they moved into the Veterans’ Home, everything they owned fit into one box. Richard passed away on September 8, 2020, but Sue continues to live at the Veterans’ Home.
In late 2020, Sue began receiving help from Mission:Dignity®. Social Security pays for her housing, but the funds received from Mission:Dignity have made her life so much easier and provide for other needs such as comfortable shoes, medications and especially hearing aids. Sue has lived through sparse times and does not take anything for granted. At 101-years-old, Sue spends her time in prayer, Bible study, sharing the Gospel with others and showing gratitude to God. The stories she tells are rich in the Uejos’ love and commitment to God and bringing people into his Kingdom.