The northern region of Tohoku is made up of six prefectures which are Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Akita, Yamagata, and Fukushima. Local industries can’t fully support the economy, and many young people are leaving the region to work elsewhere. This region was the center of 3.11, the earthquake-tsunami-nuclear disaster in 2011. Nearly 16,000 people lost their lives during this devastating tragedy.
Sports, one of the universal language that transcends national borders, has a great potential for missionary work because of its ability to connect people.
Last year, the Tokyo Olympics were held without spectators, which closed off many opportunities for sports missions, but please pray that the preparations and prayers made for this event will bear fruit.
There are some Japanese people who have an impression that Christianity is difficult to understand or is old-fashioned. Other people may not know enough to have any opinion at all. Further misunderstandings can emerge through contacts with Jehovah's Witnesses or cults that seem Christian.
There are positive impressions too. Some Japanese people see Christians as caring or kind. Others see the Bible as a source of wisdom. Despite being a tiny percentage of the population, many Christians have had a positive influence on society.
By installing a smartphone app called Echo, you will be able to use various functions that help you pray, such as reminder notifications.