This week's prayer focus is Fukuoka and Saga Prefectures.
This area has more openness to foreigners than perhaps any other part of Japan - due in part to the 30,000 non-Japanese living here. Despite the number of internationals who could be bringing the Gospel to this region, Japanese who attend any form of worship service or Sunday fellowship hovers below 0.002% of the population. There are many who have claimed church membership that are not a part of their congregations. In Fukuoka, Christian sincerity is generally hard to find.
Please pray for:
"And then He will send forth the angels, and will gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest end of the earth to the farthest end of heaven." - Mark 13:27
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
In 2019 more than 1.3 million Japanese were living abroad. It is estimated that every year nearly 1,000 Japanese people become Christians overseas. This is a high percentage compared to those living in Japan. Churches and Christian home-stay families around the world have an amazing opportunity to welcome Japanese people and share the gospel with them.
Some people drop out of high school. Pray that the work of the church and church school will reach such people.
Nowadays, more and more people are dropping out of high school due to financial reasons. Please pray that the Lord's love will be delivered to such families.
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