This week's prayer focus is for Miyagi Prefecture and also Akita Prefecture.
Miyagi prefecture was hit hard by the 2011 tsunami/earthquake disaster and some towns lost as many as half their population. There is a higher population in Miyagi then in most of the Tohoku region with Sendai being its largest city.
The people of Miyagi generally have weaker feelings towards religion compared to other parts of Tohoku as Buddhist and Shinto influence is not as strong. After the disaster however, many people have begun searching for life's answers and this has led some people to find new life in Christ.
Please pray for:
"Even the darkness is not dark to You; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with You." Psalm 139:12
The people of Akita show much loyalty to their prefecture (second only to Okinawans). This is a very conservative region as temples and shrines, along with old customs and traditions, have a deep influence. 0.001% of the population attend some sort of worship service and there is one church for every 19,562 people.
Please pray for:
"Jesus spoke to them, saying, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'" - John 8:12
This week JEMA (Japan Evangelical Mission Association) sent out their quarterly Magazine Japan Harvest. The focus was Japanese Church history. One writer wrote about Revival today. She explored three revivals in Japan- 1881 – 1889, 1930n and 1953.
After each report she writes, “If God can do it then He can do it now.” She then goes on to say 5 things to do as we prepare for revival in Japan.
Let us pray for children who are not attending school and their families.
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