The Kansha Story

Steve Morrison visits the Kansha Creamery in Gardena, California.  Elaine Marumoto-Perez and James Marumoto (with the cap) are brother-sister operation that supports MPAK for the North Korea Vision. 

The Kansha Creamery is a small ice cream shop owned and operated by a brother-sister team in Gardena, California. 


Kansha in Japanese means ‘Gratitude’. What is so unique about this shop is that they have some incredibly good tasting home-made ice creams with flavors not found in many places. But much more than that is the Mission behind the store.

Elaine Marumoto-Perez and James Marumoto are driven by their strong Christian faith of sharing their wealth with those that are in need. Both credit to being impacted by a book by Francis Chan’s ‘Crazy Love’ that challenges that Christians should never feel comfortable in their walk with God, it challenges them to get out of your comfort zone and dare to try and love God as much as He loves you by giving of yourself and your resources to Him.

When they started Kansha, they decided from the day one to do just that, to live outside the comfort zone, to sacrifice what is theirs and do something radical and crazy – Crazy Love for God by loving orphans. They have established Kansha just for this purpose. Not to make a living for themselves, but to give. 


God has tremendously blessed their business immensely.  For every customer Kansha serves, they are donating 75 cents to charitable cause.  Kansha started to donate to various charities starting February 2015.  Since then Kansha has donated over $200,000. That means over $4500 per month average. What business is crazy enough to do this? It takes a Crazy Love.

As of December 31, 2018, Kansha has donated over $100,000 to MPAK since May 2017, and they are sharing in MPAK’s North Korea Vision. 


While there isn’t a thing anyone can do with North Korea now, but once the reunification happens in the future, MPAK will be ready to go in and help the North Korean children. MPAK has a vision to help the children in North Korea, and Kansha’s fund is set aside and reserved exclusively for this program.

In the near future, however, MPAK will help the children that have escaped from North Korea, and also those children that have been born from North Korean women.

MPAK would like to express our deepest gratitude ‘Kansha’ to Elaine and James and pray that God will continue to bless their business and mission. And we highly encourage all of you to stop by Kansha Creamery in Gardena as they have the best tasting ice cream, and bless their business.

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