In Japan, if you are lonely, you don’t have to be alone. You can rent a family or friends. Loneliness has reached epidemic proportions in Japanese society, but God has a cure for the epidemic. He is a “father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,” and He “sets the lonely in families.” And He is sending a gregarious, joy-filled family to Japan to plant a community of believers that will become a family where God will place the lonely.
JapanJapan is an island country in East Asia. Japan is the world's 4th largest island country and encompasses about 6,852 islands. Japan is the 2nd most populous island country. The population of approximately 126 million is the world's eleventh largest, of which 98.5% are ethnic Japanese. An introductory prayer guide for Japan can be found at the Operation World website. For a much more extensive guide to praying for Japan, consider purchasing the Operation World book (see our affiliate disclosure). Additional items for prayer can be found in this Prayercast for Japan.
The church has a history of using travel-related infrastructure for the rapid dissemination of the gospel. Just as the apostolic band made strategic use of the Roman system of roads, the Tsukuba Express line in Japan represents a strategic opportunity today. Assemblies of God missionaries Chris and Lindsey Carter, along with their developing church-planting team, are taking advantage of that opportunity.
Over 43,000 children and teenagers in Tsukuba, Japan — raised in an honor-shame culture — are desperately in need of hope. Who will tell them of Jesus and His love? Who will tell them of the sun of righteousness who rises with healing in his wings? Josh and Erin McCoin, Assemblies of God missionary associates, have answered God’s call! Learn how God has uniquely qualified them to reach children and youth in Japan for Jesus!
Justin Canavan has a wealth of experience in using creative media. He has served as a videographer, producer, director, camera operator, lighting director, stage manager, tech team facilitator, director of photography, etc. He graduated cum laude from Evangel University with a Bachelor of Science in Film with minors in Broadcasting and Biblical Studies. But in all his experience, you will find two common threads: 1) he uses creative media to spread the gospel; and, 2) an obvious love for the people of Japan.
Buddhist Woman Freed From Anxiety
In an article entitled A Shelf Full of Gods — and No Hope, Brianna Langley tells the story of Machiko — a Japanese woman who suffered from depression and a severe social anxiety disorder known as hikikomori. Through a variety of God-ordained encounters, this Buddhist woman was drawn to a group of believers and after several months of observing the life of her new friends and being immersed into their expression of Christian community, Machiko converted to Christ. And she was set free from her depression and social anxiety! Click the button below to read the rest of the story!