Pray for the many elderly who have had some contact with the gospel/Christians since the tsunami and/or other disasters in the region to come to faith before their remaining time is over (recently more and more contacts of churches/church plants in coastal Iwate made since the tsunami are starting to pass on into eternity).
Pray for the growth and ongoing development of the Rural Japan Church Planter Training Center which started in 2022.
Pray for churches or outreach outposts to be planted in the yellow and green areas on map and for more workers or churches to commit to them long term. I'll put map in separately in a minute.
Pray also for the Christmas outreach season, especially for the many church plants along the coast including in Ofunato, Otsuchi, Yamada, Miyako, and Iwaizumi/Tanohata/Fudai/Noda. And for the inland church plants in Yahaba, Yuda, Yamada, Hanamaki. As well as the many long established churches in Iwate to maximally use the opportunities to reach out in their cities that the Christmas season provides.
In order to walk together in this new era, I believe we need (1) transformation, (2) teamwork, and (3) each of us doing our part.
This week I would like to pray first for 'transformation'.
The number of households receiving public assistance in fiscal 2021 was 1,638,184 (according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare). This is an increase from the previous year.
The number of single-parent households and single adults who are suffering financially is also increasing.
As the end of the year approaches and prices continue to rise, let us pray for the Lord's help to be delivered.
By installing a smartphone app called Echo, you will be able to use various functions that help you pray, such as reminder notifications.