Japan: Lifting the Weight of Societal Pressure

Mar 2, 2013
The number of Japanese teachers taking time off from work for "mental reasons" has increased significantly in the last few years. An MTW missionary couple recently learned that a Japanese woman who had been in their English class was a part of that statistic.

"Ms. A.," a high school teacher who'd also been involved in many after-school club activities, had not been working due to mental stress, and for over two months had been refusing to leave home or answer her phone. Since the missionary wife had gone to the theater with Ms. A. during the summer, she thought she would at least try to contact her and invite her to a movie. By God's grace, Ms. A. accepted. It was an encouraging night with many opportunities to share gospel truths. Ms. A. was amazingly open and said it was the first time she could so easily talk about what was really occurring in her life. 

Please pray that Ms. A. would come to know Christ as the ultimate source of comfort and healing. Pray also that the gospel would reach all those in Japan who are crumbling under the weight of societal pressures.
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Please pray for the rebuliding efforts in Ishinomaki, Japan, and for church planting efforts in the region that have begun since the 2011 tsunami.

Pray for the relationships missionaries are developing with Japanese men and women. Pray for common interests and connections to be a bridge to the gospel.

Pray for the men and women in Japan who have been attending church to make a public commitment to Christ and to express their faith through baptism.

Pray for God to break through cultural barriers to draw Japanese men and women to Himself. And for God to call more missionaries to serve in Japan.

Pray for Japanese college students wrestling with new faith. Pray that they would have the courage to give their lives to Christ and not fear their family's reaction.

Pray for the U.S. church to send workers to Japan where less than 0.5% of people are Christians.

Pray for the Japanese to realize that money, health, education, and material possessions do not satisfy the human heart.

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