I've had many people ask me recently, "How can we pray for Japan?" or "How can we pray for Nagoya?" or "How can we pray for you?" I would like to answer those questions tonight so that we can have more prayer partners for this country, this city, our ministry, and our lives in general.
Thank you for asking such important questions.
We NEED prayer partners. We need people from all over the world lifting these three things up to the Father DAILY. Thank you to those who have consistently been praying for us. And thank you to those who are going to begin praying for us. We need you!
How to Pray for Japan
*There are over 1,700 towns and villages in Japan that have no church. Pray that God will call new leaders to share the good news of Christ in each one of these places.
*Less than 1% of the Japanese people are true born-again believers. Again, pray that God will change their hearts for Him. Pray that they might see the truth.
*The churches here are very small and usually consist of around 30 people or less. Please pray that God will bring many people to know Christ this year.
*Many professing Japanese believers fall away from the gospel within one year. Please pray that God will use the people he has placed here for ministry to continue growing new believers and disciplining them in the Word of God.
*Many people here think because they are Japanese that their identity comes from Shintoism or Buddhism. Pray that the Japanese will understand that they have freedom to choose what they believe and what they will follow, and that the culture into which they were born does not trap them in any particular belief system. This is one of the greatest obstacles to receiving of the gospel in Japan.
How To Pray for Nagoya.
*Over 400 people are homeless in Nagoya. Pray that God will bless the homeless ministry in downtown Nagoya. Pray that they will have enough food for each week. Pray that these people will find hope in the Gospel when there seems to be no hope at all.
*All Nations Fellowship is the church we attend in Nagoya. Please pray that God will continue to bless and grow this church and that many will come to Christ through this church.
*The International Christian Academy is where Justin is teaching. Please pray that this school would continue to see students come to know the Lord. Pray that they will continue to see new students every year. Pray for the teachers as they minister to the children.
How to Pray for Us.
*Life can be very busy as Missionaries/Teachers. Please pray that we will be diligent in spending some time with the Lord alone every day.
*It can be hard sometimes to raise children overseas. Please pray for us as we raise Noah in another culture. Pray that we might be the best parents we can be for him.
*Japan is one of the most expensive places to live in the world. Pray that God will help us raise the support we need every month to continue living here in Japan. Expenses continue to rise.
*Japanese is one of the hardest languages to learn in the world for English speakers. Please pray that we will continue to have patience as we learn Japanese so we can interact better with the people in our community.
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16