Welcome to Japan!
World Tour begins! Stop #1… Japan! Take some time to explore this vibrant nation, with breathtaking cityscapes, and a captivating culture that blends old world traditions with cutting edge technology. Be sure to click on the picture below to start your journey around Japan!
There is good news on the horizon for Japan! Missionaries on the ground are anticipating a spiritual awakening. Healthy churches are being planted, more and more people are committed to praying, and the IMB is strategically placing missionaries to share the Good News! Click here to learn more about how God is moving in Japan!
Churches are still having online services. One church is also doing an online Wednesday night Bible study and prayer time. An older couple, retired and moved out of Tokyo, join weekly with others. The wife has been a believer for over 50 years and is still looking for ways to share her faith with her friends and neighbors. One couple was encouraged to come to the home Bible study at her home and church prior to things closing due to the coronavirus. Mrs. Taka* continued to call them and remained friends. The not-yet-believing couple decided that they’d heard enough about Jesus, the Bible, and Christianity. They asked the Takas to stop talking about these things when they got together. Mrs. Taka felt like she could share this prayer request with those who gathered online. Almost a month later, one of the church members asked about the Ko* family. Mrs. Taka was excited that someone had remembered her friends’ names; she shared that they’d recently come over for a meal and spent two hours together! Pray along with these older Japanese Christians who, despite various challenges, are still looking for ways to share love of Jesus with those around them. (*names changed) – IMB
Tokyo is a vast, colorful, ultra-modern city. If you were to wander the streets, you’d find bustling business districts, uniquely themed cafes, neon lit alleyways, and some of the coolest and craziest street style out there.
You are also very likely to find vending machines. Everywhere. For just about anything you can think of. Coffee? Yes. Stickers? Also yes. Hot soup? They got you covered.
Shibuya Crossing is the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world, with estimates over 2,500 pedestrians crossing each red light. Shibuya Crossing is perhaps the most iconic symbol of the city of Tokyo around the world. It has often been compared to Times Square in New York and Piccadilly Circus in London.
Pray for Japan
Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun, is an island nation where modernization and tradition coincide. A one of the most technologically advanced nations in the world, it is no surprise that its capital, Tokyo, is a gleaming metropolis. But within the utopian-like views is a hurting population. Japanese are a smart, hard-working people, but the pressure and monotony of their ever-advancing society leaves many apathetic and depressed.
There are many ways that you can be praying for the people of Japan and for the missionaries on the ground in this country. There are people hurting and struggling in this region. Please click on the images to learn more about how you can pray for the people of Japan and this region.
One of the prayer requests that were covered for the first stop in our world tour to Japan was the issue of sadness and depression which has resulted in many people taking their own life. Suicide is a very real issue in our world today and we do not take that lightly. If you are following our world tour or are simply reading for the first time and are thinking about suicide, know that you are loved by God and that He knows the pain that you are going through. If you or a friend needs support right now, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, for free confidential, 24/7 help.
The Bible tells us that the Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18) God desires to be in a relationship with us, but when we attempt to go it alone in life, we have to carry the burden ourselves. The good news is that God asks us to cast our burdens on the Lord and that He will sustain us. (Psalm 55:22) The reason we are able to cast our anxieties on Him is because he cares for you and me. (1 Peter 5:7)
Our staff here at Bradfordville First Baptist Church are here to talk if you need someone to talk with. You can call us at the church office at 850.893.0893 anytime during our normal business hours.