Yesterday we prayed for people in Japan to come to know Jesus. This is one of the most honest, biblical prayers we can pray. Today, along those same lines, I’d like for us to pray for more workers in Japan.
When we first recognized our calling to go to Japan as missionaries, I was shocked by the numbers we saw: 128 Million people, 126 million of them have not heard the gospel. Only 210 Assemblies of God churches (Oregon alone has 190). Only 24 Assemblies of God missionaries working among the Japanese people, many of whom are getting up in age, and could possibly be retiring in the next 4-8 years. The Japanese are an unreached and under-served people group.
As we started making it known that we are going to Japan to serve as missionaries, the comments that come back to us were confirming. One friend and missionary in another country commented that he’d been praying for a long time for more missionaries in Japan. At the meetings that I attended last week, with some Assemblies of God World Missions executives from another region, commented that he wishes there were 30 more missionaries going with us to Japan.
At the end of Matthew 9, Jesus is looking out at the masses, and is overwhelmed with compassion for the people. As he is thinking about the plight of the Jewish he utters these words,
“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.”
Though these words were spoken at a specific time, they are words that are meant for all time. It seems to be especially true in Japan. The Japanese people are ready for the gospel, they’ve served themselves, other gods and everything else but Jesus. They simply have not heard because there are not enough workers to tell them. Please pray with us for more people to serve in Japan to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
Officially, we are still have $175 in monthly pledges to go. If you signed up for monthly giving online, it may not have gone through. I think there are some who filled out the form, but it hadn’t been processed for one reason or another. So Roberta and I may be getting in contact with some of you. Thank you!