Yesterday, we prayed for workers in Japan. Missionaries and national workers certainly need our prayers. Today, I’d like to pray for more workers. This is one of the most basic and Biblical things we can pray:
Then He said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the Harvest therefore to send out workers into His harvest field.”
Japan is certainly what we call an “Unreached People Group.” UPG is defined as having less than 5% of the population reached for Jesus Christ and having limited or no access (local churches) to the gospel. There are places in the world that are worse than Japan, but it certainly fits the bill. About 2% of the population believe in Jesus. Many or most of the 98% haven’t even heard the name of Jesus, and they are mostly Buddhist and Shinto. They don’t know anything about the Bible, except that it is our religious book. They are probably not even aware if they live close to a church or not.
In a country of 128 Million people, we have only 25 Assemblies of God missionary units, and 238 Assemblies of God churches. By way of comparison, in Oregon, we have 190 Assembly of God churches, and 7 US missionaries in a state with a population of 3.8 million. The comparison is not perfect, but I hope you get the idea.
Would you join us in prayer that more people would hear and answer the call to Japan? After World War II, General McArther pleaded with the American church to send missionaries. He saw that Japan was broken and in need of hope, and the church could answer the call. Unfortunately, the call was largely ignored. Of those who did respond, most did not stay long. Today, I dream for the day when we get to Japan and can start ministering to the Japanese people.
We’ve had a few people respond to our campaign so far! Thank you for joining us in the campaign. We started with a goal of $200 in new monthly commitments to our ministry, today thanks to your generosity and prayers, we have gained $25 in new commitments meaning the goal is now at $175!
Would you prayerfully consider partnering with us share God’s love with the children of Japan? You can click here to go to our giving page. Remember to click on “Setup reoccurring gift” to make a new commitment, or “Give now” for a one time gift. Thank you and God Bless!