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Japan Prayer Fuel January 2022

Happy New Year!  As we look ahead into 2022, please pray with us for the churches we partner with across  Japan.

2022 Prayer Focus: New Churches Planted

Pray for 1) the thousands of communities in Japan without a church. 2) the Lord to raise up Japanese and missionary church planters. 3) good church planting partnerships across Japan. 4) the Lord’s leading and help for OMF’s Church Planting Strategy Review. 5) church plants to grow spiritually and numerically and move to independence

Hiragishi Izumi

Give thanks and pray for the 51 kids and 19 non-church adults who came to our Christmas Party. This month our colleagues will start Bible Study with seeker Mrs. M and a church member. We also look forward to hosting two groups of seniors who will use the church building for aerobics. Please pray for good relationships and that we can bear witness to them.

Nagayama Church

Praise the Lord for His blessings on the Christmas events. Please pray for: 1) Youth & young adults Bible studies our colleague will start this month; 2) opportunities to meet and build relationships with non-Christians; 3) Kids’ English Club on Tuesdays; 4) Our colleague’s health (glaucoma), that God would keep her eyes well on the snowy roads.

Sapporo International Church (SIC)

Pray for a new outreach to students at Hokudai, English Speaking Society.  Pray that church members will be encouraged by the new small groups meeting once a month.  Pray for God to provide staff in 2022 who can minister long-term to the English congregation.

Hanamaki Megumi

Please pray for encouraging Bible studies with a single mother who wants to be baptised later this year. We’ve started a Bible study before our youth meeting and one girl particularly is beginning to speak more freely. Pray that she and the other girls will be led to believe in Jesus. Many people heard the gospel over the Christmas season. Please pray that they will remember what they heard and respond. In the coming months we need to appoint new advisory board members at the church. Pray for wisdom in choosing the right people.

Hirosaki Nozomi

Praise for meaningful opportunities to share Jesus in wreath and cooking classes and for 3 Christmas Eve-like services. Almost half of the worship service attendees are people coming to faith. Pray for next steps of faith. Mrs Y and Mrs S are believing but are struggling to make it to worship services being the only believer in their family. Pray for a way to open so they can attend. Pray for the team and church as we all adjust to the our colleague’s home assignment departure.

Kanagi

We are thankful for the ministry opportunities that Christmas provided, give thanks with us for those we reconnected with and for new contacts made and pray for us as we seek to share the gospel with them. Please pray for the Tsugaru Church Retreat on Jan 10th. Pray also that our church staff team can use the quieter winter season to start to put into practice some of the lessons learned in our recent team-building sessions, and for the pastor as he leads the team.

Sendai Evangelical Christian

Please pray for many conversions in our different meetings, for the Christians to be joyful and evangelistic by the Holy Spirit, and for our ministry to be Christ-centered.

Sendai Izumi Park Town

Thank God that Miss S has continued to participate in the Alpha Course and that she has begun looking for a church in Tokyo.  Pray that she and the other participants will understand the gospel, believe, and be baptized.  Pray for healing and growth for those dealing with mental illness.  Pray for godly Christian spouses for our young singles and for grace, patience, and wisdom as they wait on the Lord for the right partner.  Pray for our church members to live holy lives that reflect God’s love and goodness to those around them.

Connect – Green Line Community

Praise God for guiding some open-minded people to the Christmas worship service. Please pray that we could have one-to-one Bible time with them for follow up every week.

Tokyo Center Church

Give thanks for a lady baptized in December; pray for her daily walk with Jesus. Pray for Mr. K who is now studying the bible; pray for him to experience God’s love and be willing to deal with his challenges by using God’s way. Pray for love and unity among all members.

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