Hokkaido is the northernmost region in Japan, and is also the largest of Japan’s 47 prefectures. Hokkaido is a largely rural area, with industries such as agriculture, forestry, and fishing.
Churches in Japan are predominantly small and aging. During the pandemic, many of them struggled with transitioning to online services or finding other creative means to reach their congregants. However, churches thought of ideas such as mailing paper copies or CDs of sermons, doing Bible studies over the phone, and more.
There were theological essays written on topics such as a keener understanding of the church as the body of Christ. Missionaries and pastors started meeting on Zoom every other month for nationwide prayer calls. Many pastors learned to use Zoom or livestream on YouTube for the first time.
There have been a series of sad news stories about children, such as "a young child died of heat stroke in the car" and "a lost child was found in the water. Now is the time to pray for the protection and blessing of children.
There are about 8,000 Protestant churches in Japan. About 1,000 of them do not have a pastor, and most churches have aging congregations.
The current number of churches equals out to about one church for every 16,000 people in Japan. It’s estimated that more than 50,000 churches are needed to truly reach every community.
There is a need for renewed worship, fellowship, and outreach in many existing churches. Pray for the Holy Spirit’s life-giving ministry. May church members seek and love God with all of their heart, soul, mind, and strength. May churches receive from God all that they ask for in Jesus’ name!
Pray for the Holy Spirit to lead church planters to specific areas in Japan that need a church. Pray for God to provide the people, vision, faith, and resources necessary for new churches.
By installing a smartphone app called Echo, you will be able to use various functions that help you pray, such as reminder notifications.