The two prefectures this week are Saga and Nagasaki in Kyushu
Located only 200 kilometers from the shoreline of South Korea, Saga has been a place of cultural exchange between Japan and mainland Asia. This includes a brief history of Catholicism that was initiated by Portuguese Jesuits in the 17th century.
Today, 88% of the towns and villages in Saga have no church presence at all - this is the worst percentage in Japan. The Kingdom of God has yet to infiltrate this region, but when the Lord moves, He moves mightily. The gates of hell won't stand against the advance of His church. Come Lord Jesus!
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
To say that Nagasaki possesses a unique history would be an understatement. For a time it was the only point of contact that Japan had with the outside world, as foreign ships were only allowed to dock in Nagasaki harbor.
This led to the arrival of Jesuit missionaries in the 16th Century. Many Japanese began to believe the teaching that they heard and professed faith in Christ. It wasn't long until one of the most violent persecutions in Christian history swept over the region as the government forced people to recant or face death and torture.
In 1597, 26 believers (both Japanese Christians and missionaries alike) were crucified in Nagasaki. The above picture is a monument to those who were killed.
This area is also infamous for the tragedy of the atomic bombing in 1945. May God bring true spiritual healing to a city that was so devastated by unspeakable horrors.
Please pray for:
"O Lord, the God of my salvation,
I have cried out by day and in the night before You.
Let my prayer come before You;
Incline Your ear to my cry!"
- Psalm 88:1,2
The culture of darkness in Japanese society in terms of business transactions and organizational practices is gradually being brought into the light.
Please pray that this will be an opportunity to cleanse Japanese society and culture and transform it into something more in line with the Lord's will.
There has been a confession of sexual abuse that has been going on for a long time in a major entertainment company. Pray that the truth will be revealed and that there will be no more victims.
There have been reports of corruption and collusion in connection with the Tokyo Olympics.
This week, starting with Mother's Day on May 14, we would like to pray for mothers.
By installing a smartphone app called Echo, you will be able to use various functions that help you pray, such as reminder notifications.