Kyushu is the southernmost region of Japan, including the islands of Okinawa prefecture. This region is where Christianity has its longest roots, starting with the Jesuits’ arrival in 1549, and some of its most painful history.
Fukuoka is the major city in this region. Pray for God to strengthen churches and give a vision for ministry throughout Kyushu. There is a particular need for church planting in Saga prefecture.
Natural disasters such as flooding, earthquakes, and mudslides occur in most regions of Japan. Pray for Christian centers like the Kyushu Christ Disaster Relief Center that coordinates churches and volunteers to help with relief work and donations.
In 2020 more than 28% of Japan’s population was aged 65 and over. This is increasing as Japan’s population shrinks due to declining birthrates and a growing number of “lifelong singles.”
There are enormous long-term implications. The healthcare and pension systems are under stress. A growing number of elderly people live alone and are becoming socially isolated.
Christians are also trying to reach out. Some churches run exercise classes or host seniors’ lunches. There are even elderly Christians who volunteer in nursing homes, seeking to befriend their peers.
By installing a smartphone app called Echo, you will be able to use various functions that help you pray, such as reminder notifications.