This week's prayer focus is Okayama and Hiroshima Prefectures.
Curiously, the people of Okayama claim to be more mentally and spiritually fulfilled than any other prefecture in the nation. This region has given rise to various religious leaders throughout Japan's history, both Buddhist and Christian.
Please pray for:
"And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."
- Acts 4:12
Famed globally for the widespread destruction caused by the American atomic bombing of Hiroshima, this city now stands as a symbol of peace worldwide. Though there is current peace in Hiroshima City and its surrounding prefecture, this area does not possess the deeper peace of knowing Jesus Christ.
For church planters, it is a struggle to keep up with the population increase of the city, while there is a significantly lower number of churches per population in the rural communities. Hiroshima prefecture has the highest percentage of Buddhist believers in the Chigoku district.
Please pray for:
"For He Himself is our peace.."
- Ephesians 2:14a
Increasingly Japanese Christians are seeing the importance of networking together towards the goal of reaching Japan
The Japan Sports movement is seeking to build sporting ministry in every Prefecture by the end of next year. The Action Sports network- skating, surfing, snowboarding and mountain climbing is bringing Christians to work together in mission.
Various approaches to discipleship are working together to share strategies across Japan
The Christian schools movement work together to support Christian schools across Japan.
A new network begun 18 months ago called Love Japan is seeking to get Christians and Churches to more intentionally work together.
Pray for Alpha as it brings Christians together to reach out to their friends.
Pray that Japanese Christians would leave the divisions of the past and want to cooperate with other believers in the reaching of Japan.
Pray for Christian politicians like Pastor Michi Kaneko as they seek to bring Christians together to change society.
Pray for the work of church schools (church-run schools, free schools, etc.).
By installing a smartphone app called Echo, you will be able to use various functions that help you pray, such as reminder notifications.